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July 26, 2016

By Neil Gordon

$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley



Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senator Chuck Grassley gave Defense Secretary Ashton Carter one month to explain how and why the Pentagon repudiated its own cost estimate of a gas station construction project in Afghanistan.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 11, 2016

By Lane Corrigan

Purchase Cards Cut Red Tape but Not Spending



Photograph of Purchase Cards or Credit Cards A new GAO report finds room for improvement in how federal agencies analyze purchases made on government purchase cards. When agencies don’t fully review their receipts, they miss opportunities to leverage their buying power and find discounts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 6, 2016

By Danielle Brian

What is Going on Behind the Attacks on SIGAR?



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. These are dangerous days for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, whose investigation of waste and wrongdoing in the $113 billion effort to rebuild Afghanistan— particularly of an overpriced gas station—has unleashed a firestorm of

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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