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April 29, 2014

By Neil Gordon

“Flagrant 5” Firm Among Top USAID Afghan Relief Recipients



USAID Chart A top recipient of USAID Afghanistan reconstruction funding is the Louis Berger Group, one of the infamous "Flagrant Five" Wartime Contracting Commissioner Charles Tiefer called out for poor performance and questionable ethics.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Meet the 3 Largest Recipients of State Dept. Afghan Aid



State Aid Chart Can the three largest recipients of State Department aid to Afghanistan—DynCorp, PAE, and Civilian Police International—be trusted with billions of taxpayer dollars?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 21, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Pentagon Looking to Cut F-35 Buy



F-35 navy According to recent press reports, the Pentagon’s upcoming budget request will propose cutting the military’s overall F-35 purchase by eight aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

January 7, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds 3-Year Contracting Suspension



Mess Hall 2013 ended on a sour note for Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility, which has been under indictment and barred from federal contracting since 2009.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 20, 2013

By Tamer Azar

Effective Savings Requires Regulation Amendments



Contract Oversight With the increased use of reverse auctions in federal acquisitions, specific regulations and guidelines are needed to maximize the effectiveness of reverse auctions.

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