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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

April 26, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Incinerators Burn Money, Not Trash



Incinerators The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that the government wasted $5 million on an unused solid waste incineration system on Forward Operating Base Salerno. The base continues to dispose of its solid waste in dangerous o

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 23, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Training Day: Improving Skills of the Acquisition Workforce



Drill Sergeant An April 16 GAO report indicates civilian agencies are having trouble training the acquisition workforce and determining if training investments are paying off, ultimately putting the government at risk of overspending on contracts and wasting taxpayer dol

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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