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June 27, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program



IRS Sign and Flag An IRS program employing private companies to recover overdue taxes is just a few weeks old, but it already has a group of Senators worried the collection companies may be abusing debtors and breaking the law.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 27, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Wall is Billion-Dollar Black Box So Far



U.S. Border Wall Trump’s border wall is crawling toward creation despite lack of transparency, funding, and planning.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

June 20, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Finds DoD Must Improve Contractor Performance Monitoring



Photo of Scrabble tiles that spell the word REPORT According to the Department of Defense Inspector General, Department agencies are not consistently tracking the performance of contractors, putting billions of taxpayer dollars at increased risk of fraud, waste, and other misconduct.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 2, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pay Gap Report Misses Big Picture, Fails to Resolve Whether Outsourcing Saves Money



Pay difference The latest comparison of federal government and private sector compensation touched off another debate between pro-contractor and pro-federal employee interest group, but it doesn’t resolve whether the government is getting the most bang for its workforce buck.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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