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June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 20, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015



Computer Charts Analytics The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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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 2, 2016

By Neil Gordon

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors



CIA Headquarters A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 2, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

MOX Contractor Slammed for Poor Performance



Photo of a welder working on SRS P Area shield door. Documents FOIA’d and released by Savannah River Site Watch reveal the contractor in charge of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication (MOX) project is not performing at the level needed to successfully complete the project.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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