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April 17, 2018

By Daniel Van Schooten

Bad Actors Among Border Wall Contractors



Border wall construction site Half of the six contractors that built border wall prototypes had questionable track records, including one contractor that the Army Corps of Engineers felt was too risky to do future business with.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors



FEMA Operation Blue Roof A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund rec

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

April 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Top Federal Contractors Paid Billions for Environmental Damage



Photo of oil spill with boat In honor of Earth Day 2017, we encourage you to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database and the wealth of information it contains about the environmental records of the largest federal contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 27, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks New Contractor Accountability Rules



Court Blocks New Regulations Designed to Ensure Worker Safety and Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order—a set of regulations designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of federal contract workers—was to take effect this week. But on Monday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked imple

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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