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March 28, 2014

By Neil Gordon

GAO: Noncompetitive Contracts Need Stronger Oversight



GAO Urgency Graph According to a new GAO report, the government needs to improve oversight of the billions spent each year for goods and services on an urgency basis.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Sinks Teeth Into Scrapped Incinerators



Incinerators The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into an ill-fated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build waste incinerators at Forward Operating Base Sharana.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Entrusting Afghanistan Aid Oversight to Contractors



Contract Oversight The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is about to put contractors in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars invested in Afghanistan reconstruction. Is this a good idea?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Report Shows Continued Growth in Suspensions and Debarments



Debarment Graph Federal agencies are increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to protect taxpayers from fraud, waste and abuse, according to a new report.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 7, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Federal Contracting Hearing Leaves Unanswered Questions



Claire McCaskill Thursday's Senate subcommittee hearing on the government's contractor performance and integrity databases left the public with many unanswered questions, but Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is totally on the case.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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