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July 31, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracting Policy Office Wants Industry Inside Agencies



Contract Oversight The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is promoting the idea of allowing contracting personnel to rotate between the government and the private sector. But this proposal is the last thing we need if we want to enhance the federal acquisition workforce.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Chairman Issa’s SUSPEND Act: Pros and Cons



Timeout Chairman Issa's SUSPEND Act draft bill has been the subject of a hearing and a recent panel discussion. Although many contracting experts don't see a need for change, it might be time for legislation that will improve the suspension and debarment system an

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 24, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited



National Security Potentially billions of taxpayer dollars may be going out the door to defense contractors without the normal scrutiny Defense Department auditors usually give to this spending. And it might be too late for the government to get our money back even when som

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 17, 2013

By Neil Gordon

U.S. Reconstruction Project in Afghanistan Gets an F



Exposed Wires A new watchdog report found that a teacher training facility in Afghanistan is in precarious shape, thanks to two contractors who were allowed to walk away from the job by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 17, 2013

By Andrew Wyner

Syria-Aiding Russian Contractor Awarded Another DoD Contract



Photograph of Mi-17 Helicopter flying over Afghanistan.- Image from Flickr user DVIDSHUB After coming under fire for its ties to Syria and Iran, Russian helicopter contractor Rosoboronexport was recently awarded a nearly $600 million contract with the Department of Defense.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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