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May 10, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Company Hit By Chinese Hackers Still a Trusted Fed Supplier



Old Computer U.S. defense contractor QinetiQ North America got picked clean by Chinese hackers, but the government still awards the company contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 9, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Watchdog Says Government Trying to Silence Embarrassing Afghanistan Reports



SIGAR Sopko John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the government is trying to interfere with his independent investigations because his reports are embarrassing to the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acco

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System



Photograph of a Cell Phone Waiting Area Sign OMB's Norman Dong provided details about a federal agency with 13 comparable phone service plans that appear to be wasting taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Government Accountability

May 7, 2013

By Mia Steinle

VA Medical Construction Over Budget, Behind Schedule



Veterans Affairs Seal The Department of Veterans Affairs’ largest construction projects are, on average, $366 million over budget and almost three years behind schedule, the Government Accountability Office told Congress.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 7, 2013

By Neil Gordon

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again…and Again…and Again



Contract Oversight For the fourth time since 2007, Congress will try to pass a measure that will prevent companies and individuals who owe taxes from being awarded federal contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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