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October 28, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Afghanistan Withdrawal Means No Oversight of U.S.-Funded Projects



Contract Oversight The Washington Post discovered at least 15 taxpayer-funded reconstruction projects, worth over $1 billion combined, expected to continue past Obama’s projected Afghanistan withdrawal date.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD OIG Expands into “Buy American” Compliance



National Security POGO urged the Defense Department Inspector General to expand its audit into domestic preference laws. The IG recently announced that is would expand the audit, and now it will investigate DoD compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 25, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Database Tracks Revolving Door Between DoD and Defense Industry



Revolving Door A new database released by the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of senior defense officials requested ethics opinions as they moved from federal jobs to the private sector. A large majority, 84 percent, had a specific employer in mind, most of which were de

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Topics: National Security

October 24, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Dangers of Military Burn Pits Highly Disputed



Burn Pit Countless individuals who worked near burn-pits that the military and government contractors use to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan say the fumes caused serious illnesses, but so far, little research has been done to disprove or corroborate this t

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Topics: Public Health and Science

October 22, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Is the Army Making Workforce Decisions Without Cost Data?



Photo By: Cpl. Paul Peterson; CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grills hamburger patties at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The Army outlined plans to have soldiers work in dining halls and as security guards, removing contractors from those activities. Finding the right mix of military, civilian, and contractor personnel is essential to an effective military, and cost is a vit

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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