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March 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Entrusting Afghanistan Aid Oversight to Contractors



Contract Oversight The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is about to put contractors in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars invested in Afghanistan reconstruction. Is this a good idea?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Report Shows Continued Growth in Suspensions and Debarments



Debarment Graph Federal agencies are increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to protect taxpayers from fraud, waste and abuse, according to a new report.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 7, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Federal Contracting Hearing Leaves Unanswered Questions



Claire McCaskill Thursday's Senate subcommittee hearing on the government's contractor performance and integrity databases left the public with many unanswered questions, but Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is totally on the case.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 5, 2014

By Neil Gordon

FAPIIS Finally Gets a Hill Hearing



Contract Oversight Tomorrow, the public will finally get the lowdown on the government's FAPIIS database when the Senate convenes a hearing on contractor performance information.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 26, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Fed Business Still Good for USIS, Despite Legal Woes



Background Check Despite mounting legal troubles, background-check contractor USIS continues raking in millions of dollars in federal contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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