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April 17, 2018

By Daniel Van Schooten

Bad Actors Among Border Wall Contractors



Border wall construction site Half of the six contractors that built border wall prototypes had questionable track records, including one contractor that the Army Corps of Engineers felt was too risky to do future business with.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

February 23, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns



Puerto Ricans recieving food, water, and medical supplies after Huricane Maria. The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors



FEMA Operation Blue Roof A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund rec

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 31, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Justice Department Plan to Weed Out “Frivolous” Whistleblower Cases May Do More Harm than Good



Whistleblower retaliation target This month, the Department of Justice formally issued its new policy of more aggressively seeking to throw out False Claims Act lawsuits it deems “frivolous” or “meritless.” POGO explains why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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