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November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Used Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Taxpayer Dollars



Sandia National Laboratory The Department of Energy Inspector General has confirmed allegations that the contractor managing Sandia National Laboratory illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Department officials and Members of Congress for a contract extension.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Maersk Settles Alleged Contract Fraud for $8.7M



Maersk Ship Danish shipping giant Maersk pays $8.7 million to settle claim of defrauding the U.S. government on a contract to supply the military in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 30, 2014

By Neil Gordon

KBR Iraq Fraud Case Gets to Supreme Court



Supreme Court A nearly decade-old whistleblower lawsuit alleging KBR defrauded the government and provided contaminated water in Iraq hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Social Security’s Perilous Plan for Its Future



Contract Oversight As the Social Security Administration readies its strategic plan for the next decade, there is growing concern over the agency's shift toward Web-based customer service and its contract with credit reporting giant Experian.

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