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February 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda



Violation Tracker logo over a backdrop of jail cells, original picture by Derek Key via Flickr Good Jobs First added to its Violation Tracker corporate misconduct database a flood of cases settled in the final weeks of the Obama administration, as well as enforcement data from nine more federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector, Contract Oversight

February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

January 19, 2017

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers



Whistleblower whistle The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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