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October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million

National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Boeing Overcharges Military, Again

Chinhook US Army Africa A July audit obtained by Bloomberg News from the Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) found that Boeing overcharged the military as much as $16.6 million as part of a $4.4 billion CH-47F Helicopter contract from 2008.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 11, 2013

By Andre Francisco

90 Seconds on Waste at the Dept. of Energy

Lydia UPF Screen Don’t have time to read our in-depth report on the problems at the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF)? No problem. POGO’s Lydia Dennett is ready to give you the key facts of the report and an anecdote that will make your head spin in this 90-second video.

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Topics: National Security

September 19, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Navy Yard Shooter Was Security-Cleared Contractor

Contract Oversight In the days since a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard complex in Washington, D.C., many have been questioning why–despite warning signs like gun-related arrests and mental illness–Aaron Alexis was given secret-level clearance for his job with a subc

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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