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July 7, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Small Business Contracting: Fact or Fiction?



Shopping carts The Small Business Administration touted the federal government's small business contracting success last year, claiming $91.7 billion, or 25 percent of all contract dollars, was awarded to small businesses. Are the numbers too good to be true?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 15, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

GSA Promoting New Pricing Tools



calc graph POGO opposes a new plan to scrap pricing protections and rely instead on prices previously paid by the government. The plan would essentially lock the government into buying commercially available goods at government prices rather genuine market prices.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 4, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Historical Lessons for Air Force’s New Bomber



Photo of F-22 and B-2 on the ground Recent Air Force acquisition failures should guide acquisition and oversight of the Long Range Strike Bomber.

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Topics: National Security

April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 16, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Major Concerns Unaddressed as Lobbyists Battle for New Stealth Bomber



Photo of B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber It's still early, but the Long Range Strike Bomber shows signs of exaggerated capabilities, unrealistic costs, and political engineering.

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Topics: National Security

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