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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.

7-Day Itch
April 3, 2008

Boeing's Rap Sheet
June 9, 2003



Related Resources

House panel weighs contracting reform legislation
By Elizabeth Newell, Government Executive
February 26, 2008 

Review of GSA’s Suspension and Debarment Program
, GSA Report Number A070105/O/A/F08004
December 20, 2007 

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

Thousands of GSA Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System
, Government Accountability Office
March 14, 2006 


POGO in the News

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

Apparent disconnect on contractor lawsuit is business as usual, Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week (, March 7, 2012 

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

Transparency on government spending: The missing links, Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week (, February 15, 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 

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 

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

Medicare Decides It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief, Reuben GuttmanAccounting Today, July 29, 2011 

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

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 

O'Keefe vs. NPR: Round One Goes to the Kid, By Brian PalmerThe Huffington Post, March 14, 2011 

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

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 

Why Should Firms That Spied on Unions Keep Government Contracts?, By Mike ElkIn These Times, February 24, 2011 

Contractors nervous about public access to database of past problems, By Marjorie CenserThe Washington Post, February 21, 2011 

In the Dark: Crimes, Capital Crimes, And GE Capital Crimes, By Richard (RJ) Eskow The Huffington Post, February 10, 2011 

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

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

Tomgram: William Hartung, Lockheed Martin's Shadow Government, By Tom EngelhardtOEN:, January 11, 2011 

Some Government Contractors are Too Big to be Banned, By Noel Brinkerhoff and David, December 20, 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 

Contractor performance data to become public, By Tom SpothFederal, August 6, 2010 

Industry group fears publicizing contractor database could backfire, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, August 6, 2010 

New law puts contractor performance in the public spotlight, By Matthew WeigeltWashington Technology, August 5, 2010 

New law requires OMB to post information on contractors, By Aliya SternsteinNextgov; Technology And The Business Of Government, August 4, 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 

A missed opportunity for accountablity from the Obama administration, By Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week, March 24, 2010 

Acquisition councils create database to track contractor misdeeds, By Elizabeth NewellGovernment Executive, March 23, 2010 

Government Contractors' Free Ride Is Over; Serious accountability is here to stay at last., By POGO's Scott Amey and Danielle; Ethisphere, March 16, 2010 

The Nation: The Contractor Scofflaws, By William GreiderNational Public Radio (NPR), March 8, 2010 

Flawed Nuke Detection Program Dialed-Back by DHS, By Tom BurghardtPacific Free Press, February 28, 2010 

Should better paying contractors have a competitive advantage?, By Matthew WeigeltWashington Technology, February 26, 2010 

POGO: Contracting executive order a positive step, With Chris Dorobek and Amy MorrisFederal News Radio, January 21, 2010 

Contract cons can exploit Transportation delay, By Jim McElhattonWashington Times, January 13, 2010 

Why Is the Government Paying Companies Fined for Pollution and Accused of Fraud?, By Will EvansCalifornia Watch/AlterNet, January 11, 2010 

Obama Promise #30, By Wes AllisonSt. Petersburg Times;, January 6, 2010 

The Federal Drive, With Tom Temin & Jane NorrisTuesday Morning Federal Newscast (WFED), November 10, 2009 

New contractor database draws fire, By Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week, November 9, 2009 

Two stimulus contractors suspended from government work, By Marcus GreenLouisville Courier-Journal, November 9, 2009 

Stimulus dollars going to accused contractors, By Kimberly KindyThe Washington Post, October 29, 2009 

Defense firms in probe received $30M in stimulus money, By Michael Grabell, ProPublicaUSA Today, October 25, 2009 

Stimulus Contracts Go to Companies Under Criminal Investigation, By Michael GrabellProPublica, October 25, 2009 

The Acorn Standard, By Jeremy ScahillThe Nation, October 14, 2009 

Pentagon Fraud and the ACORN Standard, Los Angeles Chronicle, October 2, 2009 

Its Not Just ACORN, Says Congressman Grayson, By Katherine WellsThe Huffington Post, October 2, 2009 

ACORN to lose funding?, With Dylan RatiganMSNBC TV Morning Meeting, October 1, 2009 

Bills to Defund ACORN Face Legal Hurdles, Experts Say,, October 1, 2009 

ACORN Donations Dwindle In Wake Of Videos, by Pam FesslerNPR, All Things Considered, October 1, 2009 

Defunding ACORN faces surprise hurdles, By Stephan DinanThe Washington Times, September 30, 2009 

Congress Cracks Down on Defense Fraud: But it was just by accident, By Ken SilversteinHarper’s’ Magazine, September 30, 2009 

OOPS! The ACORN Ban Could Snag Lockheed & Catholic Charities, By Laura FlandersThe Nation Magazine; Blog: The Notion, September 25, 2009 

Editorial: If you thought ACORN was bad ..., Dallas Morning News, September 23, 2009 

Contractor integrity, performance to face higher level of scrutiny, By Jason MillerFederal News Radio, September 4, 2009 

How Federal Contracts Waste Taxpayers' Money, Parade Magazine, July 19, 2009 

SAIC faces challenge in False Claims defense, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, July 8, 2009 

GAO: Despite efforts, gaps remain in data on contractors, By Elizabeth Newell Government Executive, May 27, 2009 

Lockheed lands atop ranking in defense dollars, misconduct cases, By Richard BurnettThe Orlando Sentinel, April 23, 2009 

POGO Updates Contractor Misconduct Database, Defense Industry Daily/Online, April 22, 2009 

Group updates federal contractor misconduct database, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, April 21, 2009 

POGO: Penalized contractors kept winning contracts, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technoligy, March 29, 2009 

Obama Supports Acquisition Reform Bill, By John M. DoyleAviation Week, March 5, 2009 

President Orders Review of Federal Contracting System More Competition, Accountability for Procurement Sought, By Scott Wiilson and Robert O'Harrow, Jr.The Washington Post, March 5, 2009 

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

Paper urges tougher controls on contractors, By Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week, January 13, 2009 

More Procurement Reform, By Robert O’HarrowWashington Post Online, January 13, 2009 

A firm voice on the Hill, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, January 12, 2009 

Burnett Tainted by Army Billing Fiasco, By Jeremy Mullman and Ira TeinowitzAD Age, January 12, 2009 

Contractor watchdog updates misconduct database, By Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, November 4, 2008 

Annals of Crony Capitalism, Nuke Detection Machines Fail, Again, By Tom BurghardtGlobal Research, November 4, 2008 

Defense awards more Iraq reconstruction work to contractors cited for poor performance, By Elizabeth NewellGovernment Executive, October 28, 2008 

List of federal contractors and their misdeeds is just a click away, By Mark MahoneyGlens Falls Post-Star, October 15, 2008 

Abu Ghraib: The Outsourcing of Torture, By Tom BurghardtGlobal Research, July 6, 2008 

Action Tougher Than Oversight, By Matthew BlakeThe Washington Independent, June 17, 2008 

Outsourcing The Fight, By P.W., June 6, 2008 

Access to contractor misconduct database restricted in Senate bill, By Robert BrodskyGov Exec, May 21, 2008 

Surge of potential acquisition bills, rulemaking spark comments, By Michael BrunoAerospace Daily & Defense Report, April 29, 2008 

Tracking the Spoils of the Private Sector, EditorialThe New York Times, April 24, 2008 

Maloney Federal Contractor Oversight Bill Passes House; Sen. McCaskill Introduces Companion Legislation, Meghan O’Shaughnessy (Maloney Press Officer)Congressional Documents and Publications U.S. Senate Documents, April 23, 2008 

Today's Spotlight: A Contractor Misconduct Database, By Andrew B., April 23, 2008