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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

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

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