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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

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

IG Report That Scrubbed Panetta Disclosure Gets Award



Zero Dark Thirty The inspector general team that wrote a report on the Pentagon’s cooperation with the makers of the film Zero Dark Thirty received a “Team of the Year” award despite the final report being scrubbed of some top secret disclosures.

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Topics: National Security

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