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February 23, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns



Puerto Ricans recieving food, water, and medical supplies after Huricane Maria. The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors



FEMA Operation Blue Roof A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund rec

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 31, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Justice Department Plan to Weed Out “Frivolous” Whistleblower Cases May Do More Harm than Good



Whistleblower retaliation target This month, the Department of Justice formally issued its new policy of more aggressively seeking to throw out False Claims Act lawsuits it deems “frivolous” or “meritless.” POGO explains why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 26, 2018

By Neil Gordon

The Dark Side of the “World’s Most Admired” Companies



Two-faced businessmen spit out money Don’t let Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” fool you—most of those companies have long rap sheets and paid millions of dollars in fines, penalties, and out-of-court settlements for an assortment of misconduct.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 12, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Privatized Tax Collection Loses Money



Hands reaching out for money from a man with empty pockets For the third time the IRS hired contractors to collect unpaid federal taxes, and for the third time the effort is falling short: contractors are costing more than they are collecting while making a bad situation even worse for low-income taxpayers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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