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January 7, 2016

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Is the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the next Benghazi?



Kabul Afghanistan Camp Sullivan Gates Exclusive photos and eyewitness accounts of new attack raises concerns (again) about safety of U.S. embassy in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 17, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Many Top Federal Contractors Have Human Rights Violations



Royal Dutch Shell Gas Station As Human Rights Week wraps up, we invite the public to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for instances in which the federal government's largest suppliers were alleged or found to have violated basic human rights and freedoms.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 15, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Drop More than 38 Percent



Photograph of a Billion Dollars In fiscal year 2015, the Department of Justice recovered more than $3.5 billion in cases involving fraud against the government—a dramatic decrease from the previous fiscal year’s total.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 14, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Visualizing 20 Years of Contractor Misconduct



Federal Contractor Misconduct Database Visual Interpretation POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database comes alive in an online interactive graph.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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