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July 21, 2015

By Katie Cooney

Report Sheds More Light on Misconduct by Nuclear Contractor



Sandia National Laboratories Sign Nuclear contractor Sandia Corporation illegally used federal funds for lobbying, but will still likely be able to rebid for the billion dollar contract.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 13, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

USAID’s Partner Vetting System: Controversial but Necessary



Photo of US Aid in Action The United States Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System isn't without controversy, but it is possible to find the right balance to ensure taxpayer dollars don't go to terrorists.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 10, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds Federal Ban on Pay-to-Play



Photo of Donkey Hotey Campaign Finance Reform cartoon A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the ban on contractor campaign contributions. The court ruled that the ban is supported by the compelling interest of preventing corruption.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 7, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Small Business Contracting: Fact or Fiction?



Shopping carts The Small Business Administration touted the federal government's small business contracting success last year, claiming $91.7 billion, or 25 percent of all contract dollars, was awarded to small businesses. Are the numbers too good to be true?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 27, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Energy Dept. Labs Seek Exemption from IT Oversight



Photo of the Super Computer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab POGO has learned that the Department of Energy National Laboratories are seeking an exemption from a new law that would increase transparency and accountability of spending on IT.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

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