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January 19, 2017

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers



Whistleblower whistle The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

November 1, 2016

By Halle Zander

Watchdog Group Slams NRC Over Pilgrim Hearing



Nuclear Facility Fence The Nuclear Regulatory Commission won’t hold a hearing with local activists about a lack of critical safety equipment at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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