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Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Case Studies Show Fraud and Abuse Allowed Ineligible Firms to Obtain Millions of Dollars in Contracts
Statement of Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report #GAO-10-306T
December 16, 2009 

Veterans Health Administration: Inadequate Controls over Miscellaneous Obligations Increase Risk over Procurement Transactions
Statement of Kay L. Daly, Director Financial Management and Assurance, Government Accountability Office, Report #GAO-10-307T
December 16, 2009 

Transportation Technology Innovation and Demonstration Program (TTID)
Joseph W. Come, Assistant Inspector General for Surface and Maritime Program Audits, Federal Highway Administration, Report # MH-2010-030
December 8, 2009 

DOT IG passes POGO’s letter to Audit Team
Calvin L. Scovel III, Inspector General, Department of Transportation
September 12, 2008 

Air Force response to IG report
News Release, U.S. Air Force
April 18, 2008 

Federal Highway Administration response to POGO’s call for adequate competition in traffic information program.
J. Richard Capka, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
December 7, 2007 

Alaska Native Corporations; Increased Use of Special 8(a) Provisions Calls for Tailored Oversight
Testimony by David E. Cooper, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office (GAO-06-874T)
June 21, 2006 

Draft GAO Report on Contract Management
, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
March 1, 2006 

Noncompetitive Federal Contracts Increase Under the Bush Administration
, Committee on Government Reform
May 1, 2004 

Letter from International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to Rep. "Duke" Cunningham
Debra J. Little, Acting Commissioner,
October 27, 2003 

Letter from the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to Rep. "Duke" Cunningham
Debra J. Little, Acting Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission United States and Mexico
September 22, 2003 

Memorandum For ALMAJCOM/DRU/FOA (Contracting)
DARRYL A. SCOTT, Brig Gen, USAF, Department of the Air Force
October 5, 2001 


POGO in the News

Pentagon keeps ties to contractor that's under investigation, By Tom Vanden BrookUSA Today, July 4, 2012 

No leeway on contractor campaign gifts, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Execuitve (, April 20, 2012 

Oversight lacking in base contract worth $82.5M, Josh SweigartDayton Daily News, February 11, 2012 

Local firms lose out on $82M contract, Josh SweigartDayton Daily News, November 28, 2011 

Supreme Group Probed Over No-Bid Contracts to Feed Troops in Afghanistan, Aram RostonThe Daily Beast, November 27, 2011 

Windfalls of War: Taxpayers Get Hammered by Pentagon’s Attempts to “One-stop Shop”, Sharon Weinberger writes for iWatch News, a project of the Center for Public IntegrityThe Cutting Edge, October 28, 2011 

Five places where the rich got richer, Daniel Denvir and John Paul DeWittSalon, October 27, 2011 

Army Corps bribery arrests praised by lawmakers, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive (, October 5, 2011 

Efforts to bring jobs in-house may be losing momentum, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive, May 31, 2011 

Commission decries DoD's inattention to contractors' poor performance, By Sarah ChackoFederal Times, March 1, 2011 

Pentagon contracts: No bid required, By John; CQ-Roll Call Group, February 16, 2011 

Alaska Native Firms Shift Stimulus Work to Outsiders, By Michael Grabell and Jennifer LaFleurProPublica, January 27, 2011 

Maneuver Over Copters is Opposed, By Christopher DrewThe New York Times, November 7, 2010 

Proposed conflict of interest rule is a lightning rod for criticism, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive (, July 27, 2010 

Former FEMA director's firm to help consult on flood, By Getahn WardThe, May 25, 2010 

Military Restructures Afghanistan Police Contract; Blackwater-Linked Army Office Stripped of Control, By Spencer AckermanThe Washignton Independent, March 25, 2010 

USPS official directs sole-source $4.5M contract to former colleague, By Stephen LoseyFederal Times, March 18, 2010 

A Promise Broken on a vow to end no-bid contracts, By Wes; The St. Petersburg Times, January 6, 2010 

U.S. System for Tracking Traffic Flow Is Faulted, By Eric LiptonThe New York Times, December 13, 2009 

No-bid contracts mean higher costs under stimulus law, By Brett J. BlackledgeAssociated Press, July 17, 2009 

Firm's contract kerfuffle highlights stimulus doubts; Local company gets nod for federal Web site revamping, By Alan BrodySouthern Maryland Newspapers Online, July 15, 2009 

Acquisition reform recommendations run the gamut, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, June 16, 2009 

When suspending contractors, size - not action - matters, By Elise CastelliFederal Times, March 2, 2009 

Tough to handle, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, March 24, 2008 

IG to investigate traffic data program, contract, By Mary MosqueraFederal Computer Week, February 4, 2008 

A Mission to Rebuild Reputations: Upcoming Deals to Test Reforms at Air Force, Boeing, By Dana HedgpethWashington Post, January 17, 2008 

Homeland Insecurity, By Rachael, December 17, 2007 

A Call for Competition: As No-Bid Deals Soar, House Panel Wants More Oversight, by Dana HedgpethThe Washington Post, June 28, 2007 

No money specifically set for Bajagua project, by Mike LeeSan Diego Union-Tribune, February 6, 2007 

Smell test: how politics influenced a big clean-up deal, by Scot J. PaltrowWall Street Journal, January 29, 2007 

More competition sought for federal contracts, by Kent HooverWashington Business Journal, January 8, 2007 

Federal government has been paying too much for goods and services, with Lisa SylvesterCNN: Lou Dobbs Tonight, December 29, 2006 

United Technologies Air Force parts award suspended, by Jon Steinman and Tony, December 21, 2006 

UTC unit target of a watchdog, by Jon SteinmanHartford Courant, November 29, 2006 

Panel aims to increase competition for services contracts, by Jenny MandelGovernment Executive, July 25, 2006 

Native firms lay out case for receiving no-bid deals, By Dan Joling, Associated PressAnchorage Daily News, July 8, 2006 

Alaska Native Firms Capitalize on No-Bid Deals, By Griff WitteThe Washington Post, April 12, 2006 

Group examines Cheney's role in Bajagua pact , By Caitlin RotherSan Diego Union-Tribune, March 31, 2006 

No Bid Contracts & Shaw Group: Stuck in a Storm of Controversy, By Nicholas VarchaverFortune, October 17, 2005 

Alaska Native Corporations Cash In on Contracting Edge, by Robert O'Harrow, Jr., and Scott HighamWashington Post, November 25, 2004