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December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 17, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Many Top Federal Contractors Have Human Rights Violations



Royal Dutch Shell Gas Station As Human Rights Week wraps up, we invite the public to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for instances in which the federal government's largest suppliers were alleged or found to have violated basic human rights and freedoms.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 14, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Safety Board Slams Pantex for Lax Emergency Preparedness



Photo of a billboard with Uncle Sam calling for better safety at Pantex. Pantex's disaster preparedness problems include a lack of training for staff, poor communication with public safety personnel, and inefficient decision-making tools for emergencies.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Drop More than 38 Percent



Photograph of a Billion Dollars In fiscal year 2015, the Department of Justice recovered more than $3.5 billion in cases involving fraud against the government—a dramatic decrease from the previous fiscal year’s total.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 15, 2015

By Mia Steinle

EITI Report Shows Impact of Resource Extraction on Taxpayers



Danielle Brian at an EITI Meeting The U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) released a report on oil, gas, minerals, and renewable resources, and made data about those resources available to the public.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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