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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 


POGO in the News

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

Has the President put the brakes on contractor disclosure?, Sarah ChackoFederal Times (, April 10, 2012 

Transparency on government spending: The missing links, Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week (, February 15, 2012 

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

Pentagon moves against conversion of in-house work to contractors, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive (, December 7, 2011 

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

Homeland security: 'Did we spend the money wisely — or did we just spend money?', Mike SherrySt. Louis Beacon, September 9, 2011 

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

A no-bid contract worth $123 million cloaked in secrecy, Clark KauffmanDes Moines Register, May 14, 2011 

House members clash over contractor disclosure order, Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, May 12, 2011 

When did sunlight become the infectant?, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)The Hill, May 12, 2011 

Federal Contractors May Be Told to Disclose Donations, By Emily, April 27, 2011 

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

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

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

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

Watchdog group faults Obama decision to withdraw transparency proposal, By Matthew WeigeltWashington Technology, February 11, 2011 

Publishing contracts online? Not so fast, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, 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 

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

Contractor performance data to become public, By Tom SpothFederal, 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 makeover leaves room for improvement, By Emily LongNextGov: Technology and the Business of Government, May 24, 2010 

Contract Overload: Multiple award procurements costing millions, With Jason Miller, Executive EditorFederal News Radio, May 17, 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 

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 

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 

Air Force Base overspent by nearly $1M, By John NolanDayton Daily News, November 13, 2009 

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

Blackwater tapped foreigners on secret CIA program, By Adam Goldman and Pamela HessAssociated Press; ABC News, August 31, 2009 

U.S. Still Using Security Firm It Broke With, By Mark Landler and Mark MazzettiNew York Times, August 21, 2009 

New contracting rules could have big impact on DOE, By Alexander DuncanInside Energy (By subscription only), August 3, 2009 

House contracting caucus tackles acquisition workforce issues, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive Magazine, May 18, 2009 

Senate Makes Major Concession in Stripping Internet Posting Provision From Stimulus, By Daphne EviatorWashington Independent (Online), March 11, 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 

Payton Mandates More Openness with Industry as KC-X Award Nears, Inside the Air Force, December 21, 2007 

Fee for briefing raises hackles, by David HublerFederal Computer Week, October 30, 2006 

Watchdog barks about admission charge to FAR conference, by Michael HardyFederal Computer Week, October 20, 2006 

10 organizations worth watching, by Christopher J. DorobekFederal Computer Week, September 4, 2006 

Coburn-Obama Effort To Curb Wasteful Federal Spending, by Stephen M. LilienthalFree Congress Foundation, August 17, 2006 

Groups urge support for bill creating new database for OMB, by Jim SnyderThe Hill, June 13, 2006 

Private Company to Oversee Database on Public Contracts, Los Angeles Times, January 1, 2004