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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

July 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department



State Department The recent revelation of a Blackwater employee's death threat to a State Department official is further evidence of the government's subservience to contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Meet the 3 Largest Recipients of State Dept. Afghan Aid



State Aid Chart Can the three largest recipients of State Department aid to Afghanistan—DynCorp, PAE, and Civilian Police International—be trusted with billions of taxpayer dollars?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.



Contract Oversight A federal judge sharply criticized the State Department's decision to grant legal immunity to Blackwater guards involved in a 2007 shooting in Iraq. That decision nearly doomed the manslaughter case against the guards, which goes to trial in June.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 19, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

State Dept. Won’t Name Advisers Already in Government’s Public Database



State Department For four months, the State Department has refused to say which outside experts are working for the Department as special government employees (SGEs), ProPublica reported last week. Yet, the Project On Government Oversight was able to find more than 100 of the advisers identified as SGEs in an online government database. In other words, some of the information that State has been refusing to provide is hiding in plain sight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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