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January 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria Contract Spending Revisited



Puerto Rican National Guard patrols San Juan Much has changed since POGO last crunched the numbers on the federal government’s outlays on contracts responding to last year’s hurricanes. For one thing, Pentagon spending data is starting to trickle in.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 4, 2017

By Neil Gordon

White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks



CIA Director Mike Pompeo The Trump administration is reportedly mulling plans to put a private company in charge of conducting a variety of covert intelligence and counterterrorism activities. We explain why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 20, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers



Palletized food and water at Dover Air Force Base, Del., prior to being airlifted to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Croix after the wake of Hurricane Maria. Regularly updated spreadsheets posted on the Federal Procurement Data System, an online repository of federal contract spending data, reveal fascinating details about the billions spent to aid and rebuild the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 5, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Contractors and the True Size of Government



Increasing workers Political scientist Paul Light issued an updated headcount of the federal workforce. Of Uncle Sam’s 9.1 million employees, Light estimates more than 40 percent are contract workers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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