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January 14, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Revives False Claims Suit Against Triple Canopy



Contract Oversight A federal appeals court revived a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging private security contractor Triple Canopy concealed the fact that its guards in Iraq lacked basic firearms proficiency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 6, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor’s Award Fee Slashed by 90 Percent



Los Alamos Lab The contractor managing the Los Alamos National Lab lost 90 percent of their award fee for poor performance in 2014, but more must be done to keep nuclear contractors accountable.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

December 16, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Former CEO of “Flagrant 5” Firm Pleads Guilty to Fraud



Contract Oversight Former Louis Berger Group CEO Derish Wolff pleaded guilty to overbilling the U.S. Agency for International Development. Two other former executives have already pleaded guilty in the matter, for which the company paid $69 million in civil and criminal fine

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

POGO Asks Pentagon to Keep Tabs on Service Contract Spending



Contract Oversight POGO is concerned that there is a concerted effort by Department of Defense officials to willfully breach laws and congressional mandates to implement an improved service contract tracking system. Rather than implement an effective inventory system, as req

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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