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    Here is an excerpt of an excellent article that was published today (August 24, 2011) Billy McKenna and Kevin Wilkins survived Iraq—and died at home. The Oxford American sent filmmaker Dave Anderson and journalist J. Malcolm Garcia to Florida to investigate this deadly threat to American soldiers. “Smoke Signals,” by J. Malcolm Garcia Published in […]

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    The past ten years have seen the growth of a national security industrial complex that melds government and business Paul Harris  in New York – (Guardian UK) – September 5, 2011 – Charles Smith always enjoyed visiting US troops aboard. Though a civilian, he had worked for the army for decades, helping to run logistical […]

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    Dina Rasor – (Truthout | Solutions) – September 21, 2011 – On December 31, 2011, the United States has committed to the government of Iraq that they will be removing their troops and contractor personnel. The US State Department will remain in a diplomatic role with limited Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and some State […]

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    Many western multinational companies have been indicted for paying bribes to Nigerian government officials to secure contracts running into billions of dollars. One of the high profile cases involved former US vice president, Dick Cheney. He was head of the American oilfield services company, Halliburton when its engineering subsidiary, KBR, allegedly paid bribes totaling 180 […]

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    Tony Capaccio – (Bloomberg) – September 30, 2011 – Fluor Corp. (FLR) has dropped a protest filed last month with the Government Accountability Office challenging a $500 million award to KBR Inc. (KBR) for a logistics support contract in Iraq, according to KBR and a government website. Irving, Texas-based Fluor withdrew its protest Wednesday, according […]

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    Monsanto cannot toss claims that it caused  damage to a woman’s nervous system by practicing “open pit burning” of a chemical used in “Agent Orange,” a federal judge ruled. Lead plaintiff Mary B. Spaulding, who lived near Monsanto’s manufacturing plant in Nitro, W. Va., says she developed “peripheral neuropathy” from exposure to dioxin, one of the […]

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    Matthew Weigelt – (Federal Computer) – October 19, 2011 – A member of the Wartime Contracting Commission asked senators to question the depth of support that defense officials have for major reforms in contracting operations during wartime or emergency situations — what are technically called “contingency operations.” “Policies are easy to make. Implementation is really what counts,” […]

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    More are being prosecuted for crimes in Afghan, Iraq rebuilding effort, reports show (Washington Post) – WASHINGTON – October 29, 2011 – A Marine in Iraq sent home $43,000 in stolen cash by hiding it in a footlocker among American flags. A soldier shipped thousands more concealed in a toy stuffed animal, and an embassy employee tricked […]

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    The State Department has never faced a challenge anywhere close to this magnitude, and I am concerned that the current plan could therefore expose billions of taxpayers’ dollars supporting diplomatic and development goals in Iraq to the risk of being lost, wasted or stolen. While the State Department will continue to rely initially on the […]

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    Washington, DC – November 8, 2011 – A Senate Armed Services Committee investigation found over a million suspect parts in the Pentagon’s supply chain, mostly from China. Committee leaders say the counterfeit parts are a danger to U.S. troops and cost taxpayers. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and ranking Republican John McCain (R-AZ) gave several examples […]

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    Debarment Report Shows How Some Agencies Use it Well Six agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, had zero suspension and debarment cases during the past five fiscal years, GAO’s report states. (Occupational Health & Safety) – November 20, 2011 – The federal government uses a practice named suspension and debarment to exclude firms or […]

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    Following new report from federal watchdog, Senator calls again for suspending federal work with bad contractors PoliticalNews.me – WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 17,2011 – Citing the case of a private contractor that was never held accountable for negligence in the death of a U.S. servicemember, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill used a Senate hearing to renew […]

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    Wishing the Government Accountability Office and the agencies in charge of oversight, a banner year of suspensions and debarments in 2012.  Here’s hoping the DoJ grows a set in the new year and prosecutes those who have “gotten away with it” for far too long.  Honestly Eric (Holder) you can’t possibly believe the American taxpayer is gullible enough to believe the […]

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  • Contractor linked to mistaken deaths After deaths of 15 Afghans in 2010, Army learned that U.S. civilian played a role using drone video feeds. David S. Cloud – (STL Today) – WASHINGTON – December 31, 2011 – After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident […]

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    Defense attorneys were critical of the FBI’s reliance on the informant [Richard Bistrong], an executive of a Florida body armor company [Armor Holdings] who they called a sociopathic liar with a devious mind. They said he was able to persuade federal agents to let him plead guilty to a single bribery count for more than $4.4 […]

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    The Department of Defense plans to exempt records of internal law enforcement investigations from Privacy Act disclosure requirements. The act, which governs record systems maintained by federal agencies, normally requires that individuals be allowed to view records that pertain to them unless the records were gathered for law enforcement purposes, congressional investigations or administrative purposes […]

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    The Department of Defense (DoD) is taking a major step in stopping the waste of taxpayer dollars. POGO recently learned that DoD sent a legislative proposal to Congress to narrow the definition of a “commercial item” to mean goods or services that are actually sold to the general public in “like quantities.” This proposal is […]

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    Bryan Rahija  – (POGO) – May 7, 2012 – Pentagon investigators mishandled more than half of a set of whistleblower reprisal cases, according to a damning internal assessment report obtained by the Project On Government Oversight. The Washington Post and iWatch News published stories on the assessment over the weekend. As POGO Executive Director Danielle […]

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    GSA Employees Who Work from Home Racked Up $750,000 in Travel Expenses Matt Bewig – (AllGov) – June 03, 2012 – The Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration (GSA) has yet another scandal on its hands. PBS has been plagued by a series of scandals since April 2008, when GSA Administrator Lurita Doan […]

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    Jim McElhatton – (Federal Times) – May 5, 2013 – Army contracting officer Robert Egan gave contractor KBR Inc. a rare ultimatum: Provide a firm, fixed price on remaining work to close out the largest government services contract in U.S. history. Or else, he added, he was finished talking. “Until I see that FFP deliverable, […]