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December 4, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges



Department of Homeland Security The Senate and House deliberations over the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) budget exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts. While the overall DHS budget is increasing as the agency is facing many new

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 4, 2017

By Neil Gordon

White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks



CIA Director Mike Pompeo The Trump administration is reportedly mulling plans to put a private company in charge of conducting a variety of covert intelligence and counterterrorism activities. We explain why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 31, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Army Prepares to Deploy Next Worldwide Warfighter Support Contract



US Army Contracting Command convoy Next month, the U.S. Army will open bidding on the ten-year, $82 billion LOGCAP V contract. We hope the fraud, waste, and poor performance that plagued past LOGCAP contracts will not be repeated.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 27, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Puerto Rico Electric Contract Concerning, But Normal



Power line distribution specialists inspect the road near damaged power lines in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017, during Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The no-audit clause in the Whitefish Energy contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico is a problem, and it actually highlights a bigger problem with many federal contracts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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