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January 22, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Government Ending Contractor ID Monopoly



USA Spending Federal Contracts Grants To track the recipients of taxpayer dollars, the government has been paying millions each year to rent a system from the private sector. But that monopoly may soon be ending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force



Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 7, 2016

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Is the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the next Benghazi?



Kabul Afghanistan Camp Sullivan Gates Exclusive photos and eyewitness accounts of new attack raises concerns (again) about safety of U.S. embassy in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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