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November 15, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Big Firm Gets Small Business Contracts



Contract Oversight The Washington Post released an investigation reporting that massive Virginia firm MicroTechnologies has been using a little-known contracting method to rake in millions of dollars of contracts designated for small businesses from the Department of Veteran

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November 14, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Company Linked to Terrorism Gets U.S. Contract Work



ABC News The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog found that contractors supporting the insurgency continue to receive U.S. funds and access to U.S. facilities.

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November 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Tiny Bubbles: Afghan Reconstruction Oversight Shrinks



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction is predicting an oversight access gap in the future. The troop drawdown is going to make it impossible to oversee many reconstruction projects that have been completed or are under construction.

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November 8, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

How a Highly Secret DoD Agency Does Business



National Security The Air Force’s “Big Safari” is “a secretive and shadowy organization that has been in existence for over 60 years.” Even though Big Safari hands out billions in contracts, it doesn't follow the rules like other agencies.

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November 4, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Will Congress Fix How Contractors Are Held Accountable?



Draft view of the Suspend Act in the House of Representatives POGO has proposed changes to the federal government's suspension and debarment system for years, and supports the proposed SUSPEND Act, which would consolidate the vast suspension and debarment system.

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