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April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 28, 2015

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POGO Board Member, Champion for Underdogs, Whistleblowers Passes Away



Photo of Charles Charles “Chuck” Hamel, our beloved POGO Board member since 1994, passed away April 9. He was 84.

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April 27, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Slaughterhouse Jive: $1.5M Wasted on Afghan Abattoir



Photo of the Afghanistan Slaughterhouse Construction Site The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that an abandoned and unfinished slaughterhouse in eastern Afghanistan could cost taxpayers upwards of $5.8 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 27, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Cost Estimate on Useless Nuclear Facility Skyrockets



Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility A partially built nuclear facility that has no potential customers gets an updated cost estimate of $52 billion for finishing construction and operating the plant.

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Topics: National Security

April 27, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

House Acquisition “Reform” Bill Guts Key Weapons Development Oversight Provisions



Acquisition Games thumbnail Weapon acquisition reform legislation under consideration in the House Armed Services committee will only increase risks and costs and hurt our future modernization efforts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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