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April 26, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Incinerators Burn Money, Not Trash



Incinerators The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that the government wasted $5 million on an unused solid waste incineration system on Forward Operating Base Salerno. The base continues to dispose of its solid waste in dangerous o

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 23, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Training Day: Improving Skills of the Acquisition Workforce



Drill Sergeant An April 16 GAO report indicates civilian agencies are having trouble training the acquisition workforce and determining if training investments are paying off, ultimately putting the government at risk of overspending on contracts and wasting taxpayer dol

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 19, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Takes on Federal vs. Contractor Employee Costs



Memo POGO supports the government's efforts to compare the cost of federal employees and contractors performing the same work because it currently lacks an effective way to compare the true costs when making hiring and contracting decisions.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 16, 2013

By Andre Francisco

House Votes to Bar Tax-Delinquent Contractors But Not Individuals



Government Accountability The House unanimously passed a bill to bar contractors who are behind on their taxes from receiving federal funds, according to an article in The Washington Post.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 12, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Budget Takes on Contractor Compensation Cap



Contract Oversight Contractors are permitted to price or seek reimbursement from the government up to $763,029 in costs for each of their employees’ compensation packages. This is nearly twice the salary of the President of the United States. The President is calling for a r

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