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Contractor Accountability

To ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly the government must regularly monitor and audit contracts. Contract administration should not end after the contract is awarded -- taxpayers deserve more. 

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POGO in the News

POGO Files

Majority of Top Contractors Could be Defunded by House Legislation
September 29, 2009

A survey of data from POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database shows that 62 federal contractors have been involved in instances that might prohibit them from receiving future federal funds if the "Defund ACORN Act" becomes law.

POGO Supports Whistleblower Review
September 17, 2009

Federal Contractors Beware
August 21, 2009



Related Resources

High Risk Series: An Update
Report GAO-11-278, Goverment Accountability Office (GAO)
February 1, 2011 

Inquiry Into The Role And Oversight Of Private Security Contractors In Afghanistan
Committee On Armed Services, United States Senate
October 7, 2010 

GAO vs. DCAA - And the Winner is?... Contractors!
By Richard C. Loeb, Government Contractor Cost Pricing & Accounting Report, Volume 5, Issue 2, published by West Publishing, a Thompson Reuters Company
March 1, 2010 

Senators McCaskill, Collins, and Bennett's letter to Department of State regarding the allegations of whistleblower retaliation
, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator Susan Collins, Senator Robert Bennett
September 16, 2009 

McCaskill Questions Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on Contracting in Afghanistan
, Press Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
September 15, 2009 

C-Span Video: Commission on Wartime Contracting Hearing on State Dept. Hiring Practices
, C-Span (follow the video links to watch the 3 sessions of witnesses)
September 14, 2009 

Testimony of Terry Pearson
, Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan
September 14, 2009 

McCaskill Statement On Wartime Contracting Commission Hearing On Kabul Embassy Contract
, Press Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
September 14, 2009 

U.S. Embassy Statement on Local Guard Force
, United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
September 4, 2009 

Wartime Contracting to probe State Department oversight and contractor-employee conduct
, Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan
September 4, 2009 

State Department Daily Press Briefing Transcript
, State Department Press Secretary Ian Kelly
September 2, 2009 

State Department Daily Press Briefing Video
, State Department Press Secretary Ian Kelly
September 2, 2009 

State Department Daily Press Briefing Video
, State Department with Ian Kelly, Department Spokesman
September 1, 2009 

State Department Daily Press Briefing Transcript
, State Department with Ian Kelly, Department Spokesman
September 1, 2009 

DHS Compilation of Contractor Performance Databases
Elaine C. Duke, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security
August 7, 2007 

What Has 35 Years of Acquisition Reform Accomplished?
by Thomas Christie, Proceedings
February 1, 2006 

DCAA Hearing Transcript - 1992
, Defense Contract Audit Agency; Printed record of the hearing before the Legislation and National Security Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives
May 6, 1992 

DCAA Hearing Transcript - 1967
Hearing Transcript, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Printed Record of the Hearing before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives
July 28, 1967 


POGO in the News

BP Seen Escaping U.S. Contracting Ban After Oil Spill Settlement, Danielle IvoryBloomberg Businessweek, November 15, 2012 

Pentagon Weapons Buyer Want to Limit Fixed-Price Jobs, Tony CapaccioBloomberg Businessweek, November 14, 2012 

Transparency Outsourced as U.S. Hires Vendors for Disclosure Aid, Danielle IvoryBloomberg, October 8, 2012 

Order prohibits human trafficking by federal contractors, Joe Davidson, ColumnistThe Washington Post, September 27, 2012 

GAO can't solve the 'who's cheaper' debate, Matthew Weigelt Federal Computer Week (, July 25, 2012 

Inspector general: Amount wasted on Iraq reconstruction ‘can never be known’, Jennifer PeeblesThe Washington Examiner, July 18, 2012 

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

Silicon Valley Companies Get Millions In Stimulus Funds, Stephen Stock, Liz Wagner and Mark Villarreal |NCB; Bay Area; The Investigative Unit, May 10, 2012 

Lawmakers challenge the Pentagon’s reliance on service contractors, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Execuitve (, April 26, 2012 

Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds, Jason MillerFederal News Radio, April 19, 2012 

D.C. library official quits, is rehired as consultant, Jim McElhattonThe Washington Times, April 10, 2012 

DoD contractor investigated for Iran links, watchdog group says, Sarah ChackoFederal Times, April 4, 2012 

Senator knocks government spending on contractors, Amber CorrinFederal Computer Week (, March 29, 2012 

GAO: Federal government wastes billions on duplicate services, Danielle, March 20, 2012 

Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry , Jack MooreFederal News Radio, March 5, 2012 

Senators go after waste in wartime contracting, Andrew LapinGovernment Executive (, March 1, 2012 

BP Wins Most Pentagon Buys in Year After Spill, Danielle IvoryBloomberg, February 24, 2012 

Former gov’t watchdogs land in private sector, Sarah ChackoFederal Times, January 6, 2012 

The Record: Letters, Dec. 20, 2011, Paula, December 20, 2011 

Siemens Pivots To Thrive In US After Bribery Settlement, Samuel RubenfeldThe Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2011 

Lawmakers likely to expand cap on contractor pay, Sarah ChackoFederal Times, December 14, 2011 

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

A Hidden Toll as States Shift to Contract Workers, By Motoko RichThe New York Times , November 7, 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 

Repeal of contractor tax withholding is sign of economic times, With POGO's Scott, October 28, 2011 

Repeal of 3 percent contractor tax withholding gathers steam, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive (, October 24, 2011 

Lawmakers push Defense fraud, waste report to influence supercommittee cuts, John T. BennettThe Hill, October 23, 2011 

Contractors challenge prohibition against campaign contributions, Sarah ChackoFederal Times, October 20, 2011 

Letter to the Editor: Cost comparisons, Paul Chassy, Investigator, Project On Government OversightFederal Times, October 17, 2011 

One nation, underemployed, Sally KohnReuters, October 7, 2011 

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

Taxpayers Have Been Getting Robbed On Fuel Deliveries To U.S. Troops, Robert Johnson Business Insider, September 26, 2011 

NASA Leverages In-House IT Talent, Brittany BallenstedtNext Gov, September 21, 2011 

Defining intelligence contractors’ jobs, and pay, is a fuzzy job, Joe DavidsonThe Washington Post; The Federal Diary, September 20, 2011 

Contract labor: Pay, benefits often double that of feds, Sarah ChackoFederal Times, September 19, 2011 

Study: Privatizing government doesn’t actually save money, Brad PlumerThe Washington Post; Ezra Klein's Wonkblog, September 15, 2011 

Government Pays More in Contracts, Study Finds, Ron NixonThe New York Times, September 12, 2011 

OMB announces final guidance on inherently governmental functions, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive, September 9, 2011 

Homeland security: accounting and accountability, Zoe Sullivan and MIchael Harris Jr.American Observer, September 6, 2011 

CityTime scandal firm wins feds' big bucks, Josh MargolinNew York Post, July 15, 2011 

Families sue after soldiers' deaths, Richard Lardner, Associated PressThe Miami Herald, July 15, 2011 

Contractor accused of negligence in soldier deaths, Richard Lardner, Associated PressBusiness Week, July 12, 2011 

Boeing found to have overcharged Army for helicopter parts, Charles S. ClarkGovernment, June 28, 2011 

Audit: Boeing overcharged U.S. Army $13M for helicopter parts, Martha, June 28, 2011 

Small-Town Mayor Claims Funding For Firehouse Held Up By Opposition To Mining , Marcus BaramThe Huffington Post, June 15, 2011 

Delinquent government contractors, Nancy Marshall GenzerAmerican Public Media; Marketplace, May 24, 2011 

Earl Industries' $75M Navy contract: What went wrong?, Robert McCabeThe Virginian-Pilot, May 16, 2011 

Gov't Paying Firm Lodged With Job Discrimination Suit, WBALTV; 11 Investigates I-Team, May 12, 2011 

The F Word: Is BP Too Big To Fail?, By Laura FlandersThe Nation, May 3, 2011 

Sunshine advocates criticize government contractor database, By Joseph MarksNextGov, May 3, 2011 

BP Still Being Awarded Lucrative Government Contracts, By Jason LeopoldTruthout; The Public Record, April 21, 2011 

Big Break For Big Oil, Larger Burden For Taxpayers, By Aaron MehtaThe Huffington Post; iWatch News, April 15, 2011 

Contractor database goes public - with limits, By Sarah ChackoFederal Times, April 15, 2011 

Report criticizes defense agency’s auditing, By Robert O'Harrow JrThe Washington Post, March 20, 2011 

Procurement oversight: A case of friendly fire?, By John KlossnerFederal Computer Week, March 15, 2011 

Wartime panel: Get tougher on bad contractors, By Sarah ChackoFederal Times, March 6, 2011 

Letter to the Editor: The outsourcing debate, Scott Amey, POGOFederal Times, March 5, 2011 

What POGO learned from a contracting panel, By Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week, March 4, 2011 

OFPP's Gordon shy about opening meeting results, By Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week (, March 2, 2011 

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

Report: Wartime Contractors Waste, Steal Tens Of Billions -- Then Come Back For More, By Dan FroomkinThe Huffington Post, February 28, 2011 

Bumpy road to Boeing tanker contract, By Steve GiegerichSt. Louis Today, February 26, 2011 

DoD's contract auditors overwhelmed, By Sarah ChackoFederal Times, February 20, 2011 

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

Fix the Pentagon Part I: Create an Independent Audit Agency, By Charles M., February 16, 2011 

HUD managers: PLEASE don’t toss those questionnaires!, By Sean ReillyFederal Times, February 11, 2011 

Senate committee considers contract auditing reform, By Scott CarrFederal News Radio, February 8, 2011 

Civilian agencies lag behind Defense on contract audits, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, February 2, 2011 

Senate Committee Mulls Future of DCAA, By Jack MooreExecutive Gov, February 2, 2011 

POGO argues for release of past-performance information, By Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week;, January 28, 2011 

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

Fed contractors' history could be open to public in April, By Matthew Weigelt and Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, January 24, 2011 

Senators Drop Tax Item Affecting Foreign Companies, By Richard Rubin and Sophia YanBloomberg, December 20, 2010 

DoD Amends Contractor Witholding Plan, By Jack MooreExecutive Gov, December 16, 2010 

DoD scales back plan to restrict payments to some contractors, By Sean ReillyFederal Times, December 15, 2010 

Subcontractor, subgrantee data now available to the public, By Robert BrodskyGovernment, December 7, 2010 

U.S. hires firms with questionable pasts for Afghan jobs, By Marisa TaylorMcClatchy Newspapers, November 14, 2010 

The Defense Contract Audit Agency is setting new dollar thresholds for reviews of Pentagon procurements., With Tom Temin and Amy MorrisFederal News Radio; Federal Drive , November 2, 2010 

DCAA defends tighter scope on audits, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, November 2, 2010 

POGO: Risks in DoD scaleback of small contract oversight, DorobekINSIDERFederal News Radio, November 2, 2010 

Defense agency raises bar for reviewing contractor cost proposals, By Robert BrodskyGovernment, November 1, 2010 

DOD auditors raise the limit on what they'll examine, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, October 29, 2010 

Federal Contractors Under Scrutiny, By Heide B. MalhotraThe Epoch Times, October 5, 2010 

More Contracts Flood KBR (KBR) with Cash Despite a Questionable Reputation, By Leo, September 23, 2010 

Treasury declines to allow law firm to testify before oversight panel, By Ryan, September 22, 2010 

Defining 'inherently governmental' and role of contractors in U.S. war fight, By Joe DavidsonThe Washington Post, June 22, 2010 

Guard work defies easy labels, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, June 18, 2010 makeover leaves room for improvement, By Emily LongNextGov: Technology and the Business of Government, May 24, 2010 

Federal acquisition councils anticipate mandate to increase transparency, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive,, May 13, 2010 

Contractor Misconduct Database updated, With Suzanne KubotaFederal News Radio 1500 AM, April 27, 2010 

Watchdog group seeks better-quality contract data, By Tom SpothFederal, April 23, 2010 

POGO Takes Aim At Contractor Compensation, By Elizabeth Newell & Alyssa, April 23, 2010 

Cerberus to acquire DynCorp for $1 billion, By Kyle Peterson in Chicago, Andrea Shalal-Esa in Washington, and Steve Eder and Elinor Comlay in New York. Editing by Lisa Von Ahn, Robert MacMillan and Tim DobbynReuters, April 12, 2010 

DCAA auditors need independence, By POGO's Danielle Brian and Mandy SmithbergerFederal Times, April 4, 2010