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January 12, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Privatized Tax Collection Loses Money



Hands reaching out for money from a man with empty pockets For the third time the IRS hired contractors to collect unpaid federal taxes, and for the third time the effort is falling short: contractors are costing more than they are collecting while making a bad situation even worse for low-income taxpayers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

January 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria Contract Spending Revisited



Puerto Rican National Guard patrols San Juan Much has changed since POGO last crunched the numbers on the federal government’s outlays on contracts responding to last year’s hurricanes. For one thing, Pentagon spending data is starting to trickle in.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 2, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Decline in Fiscal Year 2017



A gavel, calculator, and hundred dollar bills pictured next to an invoice. The Justice Department announced it recovered $3.7 billion in civil fraud and false claims cases in fiscal year 2017—nearly one-quarter less than the previous year.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 21, 2017

By Danielle Brian

Keeping the Independence of the Special Counsel: The President Should Support—Not Interfere With—Investigations Into His Administration



Robert Mueller Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of se

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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