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April 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.



Contract Oversight A federal judge sharply criticized the State Department's decision to grant legal immunity to Blackwater guards involved in a 2007 shooting in Iraq. That decision nearly doomed the manslaughter case against the guards, which goes to trial in June.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 9, 2014

By Gabriela Urias

Counterfeit Electronic Parts Regulation Bogged Down



National Security A Department of Defense regulation meant to curtail the use of counterfeit electronic parts is bogged down in debate, leaving military equipment vulnerable.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 8, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

SIGAR and USAID Clash over Access to Afghan Assessments



Sopko Testimony SIGAR wants USAID to stop stonewalling about failures in Afghanistan reconstruction spending. USAID is protecting information, and some of their justifications are far fetched.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 4, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Hearing Spotlights Afghanistan Corruption and Waste



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The $100 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

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