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July 7, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

IG Shows Pantex Contractor Underreporting Maintenance Issues



Photograph of an aerial view of Pantex The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Energy determined stronger federal oversight of the Pantex contractor is needed.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 5, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

For FOIA’s 50th, FEMA Still Dragging Feet After 10 Years



Photographs of Houses under water because of Hurricane Katrina flooding FOIA celebrated its 50th birthday, and the law has seen some incredible successes, but some agencies still apparently haven’t gotten the memo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 20, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015



Computer Charts Analytics The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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