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July 18, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Review Finds Security Problems at Diplomatic Posts



Razor Wire An audit by the State Department Inspector General found deficient security at overseas posts under high threat.

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Topics: National Security

July 17, 2013

By Neil Gordon

U.S. Reconstruction Project in Afghanistan Gets an F



Exposed Wires A new watchdog report found that a teacher training facility in Afghanistan is in precarious shape, thanks to two contractors who were allowed to walk away from the job by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 17, 2013

By Andrew Wyner

Syria-Aiding Russian Contractor Awarded Another DoD Contract



Photograph of Mi-17 Helicopter flying over Afghanistan.- Image from Flickr user DVIDSHUB After coming under fire for its ties to Syria and Iran, Russian helicopter contractor Rosoboronexport was recently awarded a nearly $600 million contract with the Department of Defense.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 12, 2013

By Neil Gordon

A White Elephant and Toxic Air at Camp Leatherneck



Camp Leatherneck The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog found two egregious examples of waste at Camp Leatherneck.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 8, 2013

By Jack Scher

IRS Using Tax Dollars for Entertainment and Party Supplies



Party Hats According to a report, some IRS employees abused agency purchase cards by making a number of ridiculous purchases.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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