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Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking.

Handcuffs or Rocket-Booster? Crafting Joint Venture Agreements that Launch Your Business Forward

Jack Garson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses team up to pursue work all the time. These joint ventures take many forms and names, from teaming agreements, to partnership agreements, to...

To Court, or Not to Court

Jack Garson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Avoid litigation when you can. When you can't -- win. Is it worth it? Or, more importantly, when does it make sense to fight it out in court, and when should you do everything possible to avoid it?

Seeing green: Lawn, landscape firms' sales up

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Firms in the lawn care and landscaping business have seen more green lately, according to new data from Sageworks, a financial information company....

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Kate Sheppard

Democrats Ask Obama To Postpone Keystone XL Decision Until Key Investigation Concludes

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Twenty-five House Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him to delay a decision on Keystone XL until th...

Glitchy Obamacare Site Cost Way More Than Expected

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2013 | Business

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - As U.S. officials warned that the technology behind Obamacare might not b...

When Federal Contracts Turn Into Corporate Welfare

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Where does the corporate bottom line end and the public interest begin? Through the voodoo economics of federal contracting, Washington's "partnership...

Privatization Battles Loom

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

As more cash-strapped municipalities consider outsourcing services to try to save money, one public interest group is hoping to turn privatization eff...

CIA Chief Predicted Contractor Leaks 66 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

As the Edward Snowden leak case reminds us, the United States government has increasingly outsourced its intelligence operations to private firms like...

The Shadowy Empire

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The surrounding media attention, and the admission by a private security contractor that he had leaked the private information, has obscured another disturbing story about information disclosure that would have been headline news in Washington under different circumstances.

U.S. Relies On 500,000 People Like Edward Snowden To Monitor National Security Threats

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The U.S. government monitors threats to national security with the help of nearly 500,000 people like Edward Snowden – employees of ...

Time to Put Private Security Contractors Under the Gun

Amol Mehra | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Amol Mehra

Using private security contractors has the potential to jeopardize the status of U.S. operations abroad, can put American lives at risk, and may cut against the very foreign policy goals our missions and embassies are seeking to achieve. They must be subject to oversight.

Zach Carter

10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Cut U.S. Budget Without Raising Income Taxes Or Slashing Entitlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just about every policy lawmakers are considering for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff would involve either raising individual...

Privatization and Patriotism: Defining the Boundary

David Isenberg | Posted 11.05.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The most commonly presumed distinction between public servants and private military and security contractors is that the former are motivated by the i...

Contractors and the US Military Empire

David Isenberg | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Outsourcing has become an integral part of modern DoD operations. For the Pentagon to better compete it must increasingly operate like a transnational corporation. To do so it has adopted the corporate strategies of rightsizing, outsourcing, and offshoring.

No Wonder It's Classified: The Effectiveness of Intelligence Outsourcing?

David Isenberg | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Over the past decade, due to U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon has both proactively and often to external pressure from Con...

A Morally Reprehensible Problem

David Isenberg | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Trafficking in persons takes different forms. It might be forced labor, sex trafficking or bonded labor, to name a few examples. We now have people enslaved than at any time in human history, with estimates ranging from 12 to 27 million people.

A Covert Mystery, Wrapped in Classification, Inside a Contractual Black Hole

David Isenberg | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

When it comes to overseeing contractors, as the old saying goes, you ain't seen nothing yet. That's because we've barely begun to consider the use of private contractors in another critical national security realm: the intelligence community.

The DynCorp "See No Evil" Monkey

David Isenberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The issue is not DynCorp; trafficking in and exploitation of people, whether for labor or sexual services, is the problem.

Privatizing the War on Terror: America's Military Contractors

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America's troops may be returning home from Iraq, but we're far from done paying the costs of war. In fact, at the same time that Obama is reducing the number of troops in Iraq, he's replacing them with military contractors at far greater expense to the taxpayer.

New Year, Same Old Pentagon: Three Takeaways from Panetta's National Security Strategy Presser

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Nothing changes on New Year's Day, including the Pentagon's budget strategy.

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...

Study Finds Gov. Workers Cheaper Than Contractors, As Politicians Tout Cutting Their Ranks

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

The federal government could save billions of dollars by doing more work in-house instead of outsourcing to private contractors, a new study shows. ...

War and Private Contractors: Can't Live with Them, Can't Live Without Them

David Isenberg | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Anybody who was dreaming that that the military was going to divest itself of contractors can put that fantasy to rest. Now that the CWC has said the government is over-reliant on contractors, you can see that we have a bit of a contradiction.