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September 18, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Questions for Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy



Patrick Kennedy At a House hearing Wednesday, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy faced intense questioning about Benghazi. There are also questions Kennedy could answer about the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where former guards say security problems could lead to tragedy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 17, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

The Over Budget and Behind Schedule F-35



F-35 Fighter Jet In a Vanity Fair feature published yesterday, Adam Ciralsky investigates the F-35 aircraft, or Joint Strike Fighter, that was meant to streamline and update the military’s fleet of planes. When Ciralsky first saw the jet he said he “didn’t know whether to genuflect or spit

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Topics: National Security

September 12, 2013

By Neil Gordon

SIGIR Releases Its Final Report



Ford Shelby The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its final report this week, detailing an impressive list of accomplishments over the past decade.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 12, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Senators Ask State Department To Respond to POGO Report on Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force Leaders of a Senate panel are asking the State Department to explain how its assurances about security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan square with a report this week by the Project On Government Oversight documenting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Finds Flaws in DOE Contractor Responsibility Checks



Contract Oversight A report by the Department of Energy Inspector General found the Department needs to improve its policies and procedures for ensuring that contracts are awarded only to responsible vendors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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