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November 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

POGO Asks Pentagon to Keep Tabs on Service Contract Spending



Contract Oversight POGO is concerned that there is a concerted effort by Department of Defense officials to willfully breach laws and congressional mandates to implement an improved service contract tracking system. Rather than implement an effective inventory system, as req

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 20, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Corporate Political Spenders Get Lucrative Payouts



Contract Oversight America's largest corporations got, on average, $760 in federal funds for every $1 they spent on lobbying and campaign contributions, combined. For the five largest federal contractors, however, the average return on investment was more than twice that amo

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Used Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Taxpayer Dollars



Sandia National Laboratory The Department of Energy Inspector General has confirmed allegations that the contractor managing Sandia National Laboratory illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Department officials and Members of Congress for a contract extension.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Maersk Settles Alleged Contract Fraud for $8.7M



Maersk Ship Danish shipping giant Maersk pays $8.7 million to settle claim of defrauding the U.S. government on a contract to supply the military in Afghanistan.

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