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August 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

New Bill Hurts and Helps Trump’s Border Wall



Donald Trump on the campaign trail A new Republican bill loosens President Trump’s requirement for a border wall, but contains disturbing implications for government contracting and corporate handouts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

August 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Defense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit



Stock market with money graphic TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 17, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Congressional Caucuses Demand Transparency from ICE



Detention Center fence The leaders of several Congressional caucuses delivered a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 11 demanding data on the nation’s detention centers.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

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