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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

JSF Likely Far More Expensive Than Aircraft They're Replacing

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Cross-posted on POGO's blog. This morning, veteran defense aerospace reporter Bill Sweetman took a look at the different unit costs of F-35 Joint Stri...

Shadow Elite: The Small Government Lie - How Both Parties Stood By as Our Government Burned

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Our government, on the federal level, has already been upended by small government ideology, beholden to private interests as never before in our memory. But we can't just blame the Tea Party.

Shadow Elite: What Blackwater Sells (and the Government Wants): Deniability

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Ever heard of a private security contractor name Paravant? XPG? No? Well, that's just as Blackwater, the parent company of Paravant, XPG and dozens of other "subsidiaries", would have it.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam: Government Contracting -- A Free Market Farce

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The deep scandal of government contracting goes far beyond the actions of a handful of bad actors and products that can seen and touched. It is systemic, insidious, potentially damaging to national security -- and perfectly legal.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam -- Who's Overseeing the Contractors?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

How far does the crisis of government contracting oversight go? Apparently, it extends deep into some of America's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam & Outsourcing American Power

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When information that is supposedly of and for government is in private hands, the power of that information can be used to serve private agendas with the risk of corporate and private players influencing policy to suit those agendas.

Oversight, Accountability Needed for Contractors in War Zones

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

The Washington Post launched a series looking into the U.S.' national security industry. They found an unwieldy system of companies that work in secret with little oversight on counter-terrorism.

Analysis of Latest Obama Administration Small Business Contracting Data Released

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has released the first analysis of the government's fiscal year (FY) 2009 small business contracting data. h...

To Be, or Not to Be, Inherent: That is the Question

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

There are two words which strike fear in the hearts of all those who follow the private contracting issue. And by private contractors I just don't mea...

For Immigration Crackdown Proponent, Deportations Mean Business

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

Perhaps no one on the political scene has more of a stake in the deportation of illegal immigrants than Allen Weh. In close contention to win the Rep...

To Protect Taxpayer Dollars, Agencies Must Suspend and Debar Bad Government Contractors

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

With billions of tax dollars on the line, it is far past time for agencies to suspend and debar bad actors and for agency managers to aggressively enforce this process.

'Living Wage' For Government Contractors: White House Considers Bidding Advantage For Better Employee Pay

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer ...

Goldman Sachs Congressional Earmark: Bank Subsidiary Gets $3 Million | Lawrence Delevingne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WIth all the company's riches, why is a Goldman Sachs (GS) subsidiary getting a $3 million earmark from Washington?...

Oregon Soldiers Sue KBR For Exposure To Cancer-Causing Chemical

The Oregonian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Five current and former Oregon Army National Guard soldiers filed suit Monday against a war contractor that they say knowingly exposed them to a cance...

Scheming Businessman Holds Conference On Profiting Off "Bailout Bonanza"

Center For Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Meet Fred Steinberg. He "will personally outline what you must know for your company to prosper under the 'new capitalism' emerging from Washington," ...

Obama: Federal Contracts Need Overhaul After No-Bid Bush Era

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Blasting Bush-era government contracting, President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered an overhaul designed to halt the delays, wast...

Department of Interior Awarded Over $430 Million in Small Business Contracts to Corporate Giants, According to New Study

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Bush administration has tried to convince us for 6 years that the diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to Fortune 500 firms is the result of random data entry errors.

How Three Americans Ended Up Hostages in Colombia

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McQuaid

The alarming backstory leading up to the captivity of the three hostages reveals a lot about the failings of government contracting, and government in general.