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March 9, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure



Close-up of businessman in suit holding helmet and building project Congress passed a resolution blocking new contractor fair pay and workplace safety measures. This is disappointing in light of reports by Senator Warren and others, which have highlighted labor violations by federal contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 3, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Contractor Fair Pay and Workplace Safety Rules in Peril



Safety Officers in fluorescent overgear and hard hats discussing a clean up project This week, Congress moved one step closer to overturning new rules designed to improve workplace safety and contractor accountability.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda



Violation Tracker logo over a backdrop of jail cells, original picture by Derek Key via Flickr Good Jobs First added to its Violation Tracker corporate misconduct database a flood of cases settled in the final weeks of the Obama administration, as well as enforcement data from nine more federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector, Contract Oversight

February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

January 19, 2017

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers



Whistleblower whistle The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

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