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Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 5

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fifth and final excerpt from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...

Don't Be Afraid of the Congressional Oversight Bogeyman

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

We've been hearing a lot of talk from both Democrats and Republicans characterizing "oversight" as a dangerous weapon in the wake of the election. But from our perspective, both sides need to take a different tack.

School Boards Don't Work

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Our schools across the United States have a number of problems and frankly, there is no silver bullet.

When Doing More With Less Is Not a Good Idea

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

"From 2001 to 2008, contract spending more than doubled to over 500 billion dollars ... this inattention to the workforce resulted in increased use of high-risk contracting practices."

Obama's G20 Financial Reform Letter Shows Empty Rhetoric: Financial Reform Has Failed

BaselineScenario.com | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The House-Senate reconciliation process is still underway and some details will still change. But the broad contours of "financial reform" are already...

Cost vs. Oversight: There's The Rub

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contractor supporters often assert that they are more cost effective than their government counterparts. It is true the...

Burying Your Mistakes: PMC and Arlington National Cemetery

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

When troops die in a war and are returned home for burial to a place like, say, Arlington National Cemetery, there is an expectation that this national resting place will not screw up.

FDA, Obama Digital Medical Records Team At Odds Over Safety Oversight

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative FundComputers at a major Midwest hospital chain went awry on June 29, posting some doct...

COINTELPRO 2.0

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Revelations of the FBI's "COINTELPRO" prompted a national outrage that forced the Department of Justice to enact limits in 1976 curtailing the Bureau's various abuses. Today, these problems are back.

Highlights Of The Financial Overhaul Bill (PHOTOS)

HuffPost/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Congress just passed a sweeping overhaul of America's financial regulatory system. The financial bill cleared the Senate by a vote of 60 to 39, and ...

Wells Fargo Free Checking CANCELED Before New Bank Rules Take Effect

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wells Fargo & Co., the U.S. bank with the largest branch network, eliminated free checking accounts for new customers as firms prepare for stricter co...

From Little ACODs Mighty Scandals Grow

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

A new military task force will focus on the intersection of contractor money and political power in southern Afghanistan.

SIGIR's Latest on PMCs

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has just released its latest Quarterly Report. The last report released in January, noted "For ...

What's Past Is Prologue

Rep. Darrell Issa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Darrell Issa

No president, political party or private enterprise should dictate the level of our commitment to oversight. The human cost of allowing such interference is too great.

Medication Mix-ups? Missing Lab Results? Send Us Your Health IT Tips, Stories

Emma Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Emma Schwartz

Amid concerns about patient safety, a consensus is emerging: The government needs a way to monitor the safety of health information technology it is e...

Should Lawmakers Be Allowed To Invest In The Industries They Regulate?

washingtonpost.com | Robert O'Harrow Jr. And Dan Keating | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rep. Ron Paul is captivated by gold. Over the past two decades, he has written books about the virtues of gold-backed currency. He has made uncounted ...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

As the Latin expression puts it, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This is a phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal, which is literally translated as "Who wi...

Contracting Oversight: Never Have So Few Surrendered So Much

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The effectiveness of contractor support of expanded U.S. operations in Afghanistan and other contingency operations could be compromised by the failur...

The Curious Case of the Unnoticed Congressional Hearing

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

There was a congressional hearing this past Thursday to which nobody paid any attention. They should have, as it nicely illustrates the difficulties of effective government oversight on private military contractors.

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

Court Order Could Stop Obama Administration from Destroying Incriminating Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

On March 12, 2010, the Obama administration intends to move forward with a plan that could destroy years of incriminating contracting data.

Experts: Move To Electronic Medical Records Needs Oversight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz Huffington Post Investigative FundThough electronic health records may greatly improve medical care in the future, ...

Obama Broken Campaign Promise Celebrates Second Anniversary

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It has now been two years since President Barack Obama released the statement, "It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to...

FDA Considers Regulating Safety of Electronic Health Systems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative Fund Concerned about potential safety risks in health information technology, the U.S....