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Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Contracting Cybersecurity Efforts: Who Is Responsible?

Brian E. Finch | Posted 05.12.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

Siobhan Gorman penned an excellent article in Friday's The Wall Street Journal, discussing how alleged contracting omissions led to a successful cyber...

The Glitches of Outsourcing IT Services

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The healthcare.gov launch is a debacle for those who believe that we should outsource public services to for-profit companies without adequate planning and oversight. Sadly, when it comes to outsourcing government IT services, the healthcare.gov example is par for the course.

It's Been a Very Bad Month for the Private Sector

David Morris | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
David Morris

The private sector has had a very bad month. Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.

Outsourcing Food Inspection Is Too Hard to Swallow

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

American public institutions have a long track record of keeping our food disease-free. Yet as this service is increasingly outsourced to for-profit corporations, it is leading to repeated oversight failures that have caused illness and even death.

The Buck Stops Here: Using Public Funds for Public Good

Amol Mehra | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Our tax dollars should not be lining the pockets of any business that makes profits through complicity in human rights violations, be they the atrocities in the Congo, trafficking in humans, child labor or sweatshops.

A Simple, Powerful Service for Young Children: Home Visiting

Judith Sandalow | Posted 10.02.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Dr. García, now that you're taking the lead at the Department of Health, we hope that you will prioritize this home visiting work so that the funds your department worked so hard to win aren't lost. Thank you for your attention to this issue.

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

Off-ramping? Not So Fast

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 07.30.2013 | Women
Allison O'Kelly

To stay competitive and reach your potential in a workforce that you're likely going to have to be a part of much longer that you originally imagined, you can't ever really take your "toe out of the water."

Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Say what you want about President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits with the "chained CPI." He did accomplish one thing for liberals that they often have a hard time doing on their own. He united them -- in opposition to his proposal.

PMC = Private Military Costs

David Isenberg | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One fiercely held, long asserted, if sparsely substantiated, talking point of the private military contracting (PMC) industry is that its cost-efficie...

Oklahoma Would Suffer Under Ban of Programs That Expand Opportunity

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Equal opportunity is not a zero-sum game. Policies and programs that expand opportunity help create shared prosperity, where everyone has a chance to succeed in education, work, and business. And when that happens, everyone wins.

Hello, I Am an Outsourceaholic

Gene Marks | Posted 10.13.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

In this political environment, it's embarrassing to admit my habit. I frequently hang out with other outsourcers. For many of us outsourcing is a quick high and a way to feel... oh, I don't know... cool and (dare I say it) profitable.

A Triple Play on Improving Oversight for Better Contracting

David Isenberg | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

The core argument of all private military and security contractor advocates is that they can do things more cheaply and efficiently than the public sector. But the problem is that most PMSC advocates assert this all the time, often without evidence.

A COR! A COR! My Afghan Kingdom for a COR!

David Isenberg | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

On March 29 the Government Accountability Office released a report on the state of military contracting oversight in Afghanistan.

Paul Blumenthal

19 Words Could Mean Big Disclosure Of Secret Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hidden within the mammoth omnibus appropriations bill crafted by House, Senate and White House negotiators is a 19-word change to a ride...

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.

Arms Industry: Trumped Up Jobs Claims, Pumped Up Profits

William Hartung | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

The ultimate form of mismanagement involves a failure to set priorities. The Pentagon needs to pare back its missions to those that are essential for defending the country.

Iraq: I Did My Part

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Yesterday, the Commission on Wartime Contracting released its final report. $360 million of our tax dollars went straight to the Taliban. Wow. Who could have imagined that? Well... me.

Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples.

Eric Lotke | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Enough with blaming public employees for all of America's problems. Last week public employees in Oregon marched on the state Capitol with a billion d...

Department of Interior Sued for Refusing to Release Names of Individuals Involved in Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The ASBL maintains that contracting officers who intentionally misrepresent large businesses as small should be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions.

The Contract Society: It's Time to Become Citizens Not Customers

Terry Newell | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Welcome to the contract society. In the contract society, "citizens" have become government's "customers," and they judge government by how satisfied they are with what they get.

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 3

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the third of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privat...

Armed Humanitarians: Part 1

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military contractors often state that the bulk of their business is not employing guys with guns, i.e., private security contractors, and that...