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August 4, 2014

By Michelle Li

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Fight Human Trafficking, Improve Worker Visa Program



Handcuffs Members of Congress introduce bill to fight human trafficking by improving the foreign worker visa program.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 1, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Obama Cracks Down on “Low Road” Contracting



Contract Oversight President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday that struck a major blow against federal contractors who repeatedly violate wage, safety, and discrimination laws.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 31, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Holders of Sensitive Defense Jobs Owe $730 Million in Taxes



Taxes More than 80,000 federal defense workers and contractor employees in sensitive positions owe more than $730 million in unpaid federal taxes, according to a new GAO report.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 30, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

At VA, Complaint Couched in Humor Was a Punishable Offense



Shopping Cart VA employee and whistleblower Stuart Kallio was reprimanded for sending a satirical email in which he imagined his life as a “Homeless Supervisor” after his cubicle was given to someone else.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 30, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

It’s That Time Again—The False Claims Act is Under Attack



Government Accountability A House hearing will look at the False Claims Act, which protects the federal government from fraud by companies and individuals, but some groups are calling for cuts to the law's most important provisions.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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