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March 14, 2018

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security Hiring Contracts May Be More Trouble Than They're Worth, Again



Pedestrians line up for CBP processing at the Calexico, Calif. port of entry. ICE and Border Patrol plan to pay private companies hundreds of millions of dollars to help the agencies hire new employees.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 1, 2018

By Mia Steinle

ICE is Giving Money Away Hand over Fist in Bizarre Contract



A United States map showing the route from Eloy AZ to Dilley TX Immigration and Customs Enforcement is paying the city of Eloy, Arizona, half a million dollars a year for no good reason.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

February 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors



FEMA Operation Blue Roof A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund rec

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 31, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Justice Department Plan to Weed Out “Frivolous” Whistleblower Cases May Do More Harm than Good



Whistleblower retaliation target This month, the Department of Justice formally issued its new policy of more aggressively seeking to throw out False Claims Act lawsuits it deems “frivolous” or “meritless.” POGO explains why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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