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October 24, 2017

By Neil Gordon

California Court Brings Sunshine to Government Contracting



A Los Angeles Metro bus Transparency prevailed in California recently when a Los Angeles County judge slapped down a bus manufacturing company’s attempt to halt the release of information about its $500 million government contract.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

October 20, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers



Palletized food and water at Dover Air Force Base, Del., prior to being airlifted to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Croix after the wake of Hurricane Maria. Regularly updated spreadsheets posted on the Federal Procurement Data System, an online repository of federal contract spending data, reveal fascinating details about the billions spent to aid and rebuild the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 5, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Contractors and the True Size of Government



Increasing workers Political scientist Paul Light issued an updated headcount of the federal workforce. Of Uncle Sam’s 9.1 million employees, Light estimates more than 40 percent are contract workers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 1, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Celebrate Labor Day by Diving into Contractor Misconduct Data



A civilian contractor installs bleachers on the flight deck as workers build a basketball arena aboard the USS Carl Vinson. The federal government’s largest contractors have paid a collective total of $2.7 billion in penalties since the 1990s for a wide variety of labor violations, which you can read about in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Defense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit



Stock market with money graphic TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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