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Government Contractors

A Simple Step Toward Becoming DCAA Compliant

Shaniece Bennett | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Shaniece Bennett

DCAA compliance can be an overwhelming task for some small contractors. Some may feel the cost to maintain a compliant accounting system outweigh the benefits. However when a contract award is up for grabs, having an existing DCAA compliant system is like having an insurance policy when you need it most.

How Government Contractors Hide Public Information

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Contractors use those loopholes as justification to hide basic public information from taxpayers including the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and the details on the quality of public services they are paid to provide.

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

Craig Holman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

Pay-to-play restrictions constitute desperately-needed government contracting reform -- designed to preserve the integrity of the government contracting process and save taxpayer dollars -- not campaign finance reform. Even the Roberts Court may well see this.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

Minimum Wage, Maximum Importance

Mike Lux | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

This is a great day for low-wage workers in America. Not just those immediately affected by this, but those who will be touched by the ripples of hope coming from this action.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

For Many Government Contractors, Effects Of The Shutdown Continue

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government is open for business again, but thousands of government contractors are still reeling from the effects of the shutdown. U...

Zach Carter

Third Of Richest CEOs Were Getting Paid Taxpayer Dollars

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than one-third of the nation's highest-paid CEOs from the past two decades led companies that were subsidized by American taxpayers...

Intelligence Czar Urges Caution In Wake Of NSA Leak

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's intelligence czar this week sent a message to tens of thousands of U.S. intelligence commun...

Jillian Berman

WHO Employs More Low-Wage Workers Than Walmart And McDonald's Combined?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Lucila Ramirez, 55, has been cleaning the bathrooms and tables at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station for 21 years. Despite her long record of service,...

Drunk Security Contractors in Afghanistan? Again?

Joe Newman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

As troops are replaced with private security contractors, it would be foolish for a new administration to continue to ignore the vivid warnings of what happens when the U.S. outsources its inherent governmental functions.

Amanda Terkel

Republican Convention Speaker Delivers Mind-Boggling Argument

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Republicans spent the first full day of their 2012 convention hammering President Barack Obama for his "you didn't build that" remark, ...

Off Course: Did Navy Underplay Steering Problem Before Awarding Ship Contract?

Ben Freeman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

In late 2010, the future of one of the U.S. Navy's prized new weapons systems hung in the balance.

Worried About 'Intimidation,' U.S. Chamber Lobbies for More Campaign Secrecy

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The corrupting pall of campaign-related contributions is worst in the area of government contracting, since this is where the direct payoffs to corporations from political spending are highest.

Showing the Private Military Contracting Sector the Money, Redux

David Isenberg | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

For those who have not taken a Capitalism 101 course it is, of course, robust competition that makes the private sector's invisible hand work properly.

You Want Chicken Pox with That?

David Isenberg | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The same political ideology of outsourcing and privatization of military logistics functions that has made a household name of Halliburton nearly caused harm to American troops, thanks to a KBR subcontractor.

Laying Down the Rules for Private Security Contractors

Ignacio "Iggy" Balderas | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Ignacio

The failure to establish effective accountability over private security contractors (PSCs) hasn't just obscured important truths about how our nation secures its foreign policy -- it has allowed some reckless actors to repeatedly endanger this goal.

Why We Need to Rein in Government Contractors That Use Taxpayer Money for Political Advantage

Robert Reich | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The president needs to ban Lockheed Martin and all other government contractors that get more than half their revenues from government from engaging in any political activities at all. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for this lobbying.

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...

Firm Packed With Ex-Customs and Border Officials Lands Contract

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

The U.S. Border Patrol's announcement that it was seeking to hire a contractor for "strategic consulting" services first raised eyebrows in July. Perhaps it wasn't much of a surprise that the contract went to a firm loaded with former government insiders.

The Prince and the Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Brauchli

It's hard to understand why Erik Prince is mad. His company, Xe, is once again able to bid on and get contracts with the government and won't be subject to criminal charges.

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...

Policing Afghanistan: How Afghan Police Training Became a Train Wreck

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pratap Chatterjee

When it comes to police training, the use of private contractors is not unusual -- and neither is failure. Who, then, is responsible for this dismal state of affairs?