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July 7, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

GSA Will Track Government Orders but Will Lose Discount Info



Photograph of numbers, calculator and reading glasses The General Services Administration announced it dropped two commercial price protection clauses from its acquisition policy and added one that would better track pricing from the federal marketplace. But the new policy is concerning because it makes it ea

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 5, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

For FOIA’s 50th, FEMA Still Dragging Feet After 10 Years



Photographs of Houses under water because of Hurricane Katrina flooding FOIA celebrated its 50th birthday, and the law has seen some incredible successes, but some agencies still apparently haven’t gotten the memo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 2, 2016

By Neil Gordon

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors



CIA Headquarters A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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