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April 22, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Yet Another Toxic Leak Found at Hanford Nuclear Site



Photo of the top of the storage tanks at Hanford under construction. The Hanford Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility and the world’s largest environmental cleanup project, experienced another high-profile failure over the weekend, drawing our attention to continuing management and oversight problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Why is DOE Still Funding Fights against Whistleblowers?



Senator Ed Markey wrote to the Secretary of Energy seeking answers about the Department's practice of reimbursing legal costs incurred by contractors in cases where they committed illegal conduct such as discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 12, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Improprieties Found in Navy Port Service Contracts



Photo of USS Truxton (DDG 103) refuels at sea with USNS Leroy Grumman. An audit conducted in response to a massive Navy contract bribery scandal found significant weaknesses in the Navy’s management of port service contractors, as well as several improper—and potentially fraudulent—practices by the Navy and its contractors.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

April 7, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

B-21 Comes with a Stealth Final Price Tag



B-21 Bomber Rendering Despite requests by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, the Air Force isn't releasing the final contract value for the B-21, the new Long Range Strike Bomber, arguing that estimates are good enough.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security, Contract Oversight

March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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