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October 27, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Puerto Rico Electric Contract Concerning, But Normal



Power line distribution specialists inspect the road near damaged power lines in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017, during Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The no-audit clause in the Whitefish Energy contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico is a problem, and it actually highlights a bigger problem with many federal contracts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

October 27, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Opioid Investigation Shows the Swamp in Action



Hand holding pills in front of the US Capitol The federal government’s efforts to fight the widespread deadly epidemic of opioid addiction were stymied by the campaign finance system and the revolving door.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 25, 2017

By Keith Rutter

Remembering Beverley Lumpkin



Photograph of Beverley Lumpkin and Kelli Baldwin Beverley Lumpkin, our beloved colleague and friend, lost a long battle with cancer on Friday, October 20, 2017.

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October 24, 2017

By Neil Gordon

California Court Brings Sunshine to Government Contracting



A Los Angeles Metro bus Transparency prevailed in California recently when a Los Angeles County judge slapped down a bus manufacturing company’s attempt to halt the release of information about its $500 million government contract.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

October 23, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Agency Hasn’t Requested Funding for New Wall



Kevin McAleenan Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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