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May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 21, 2015

By Neil Gordon

A National Action Plan for Contract Reform



Contract Oversight For the upcoming 3rd National Action Plan, POGO is proposing 8 commitments that will advance contracting transparency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 15, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

GSA Promoting New Pricing Tools



calc graph POGO opposes a new plan to scrap pricing protections and rely instead on prices previously paid by the government. The plan would essentially lock the government into buying commercially available goods at government prices rather genuine market prices.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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