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February 14, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

USAID Ditches Plan to Buy Pretty Photos of Afghanistan



Photographer Less than a week after posting a contract proposal online for “timely, attractive visual images” of development efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) canceled the request.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 5, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Rep. Issa Opens Investigation into Navy Fraud



Darrell Issa In response to the string of embarrassing scandals, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is opening an investigation into contracting fraud at the Navy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 4, 2014

By Neil Gordon

The Pentagon’s PR War Against SIGAR



National Security Military commanders in Afghanistan are waging their most aggressive campaign against the office charged with overseeing the $100 billion being spent on Afghanistan's reconstruction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 28, 2014

By Neil Gordon

KBR Accused of Kickbacks, Gouging, Unsafe Practices in Iraq



Contract Oversight The Justice Department filed another False Claims Act lawsuit against contractor KBR. This time, KBR is alleged to have engaged in a massive corruption scheme in Iraq that included shipping food in trucks that had previously contained human remains.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DOJ Sues Firm That Screened Edward Snowden and Navy Yard Shooter



Contract Oversight The Justice Department alleges contractor U.S. Investigations Services submitted more than 600,000 falsified security clearance background investigations over four and a half years and defrauded taxpayers of millions of dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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