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DOD challenges defense contractors on ethics and integrity
by Kenneth J. Krieg, Department of Defense

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 

Results in Brief: Contracted Advisory and Assistance Services for the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems
Inspector General, Department of Defense, Department of Defense Report No. D-2010-024
November 24, 2009 


POGO in the News

The performance of the GSA is Congress' responsibility, Rep. Dany K. Davis (D-Ill.)The Hill, May 1, 2012 

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

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

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

GSA scandal highlights IG role, but vacancies persist, Jack MooreFederal News Radio, April 4, 2012 

Head Of GSA Resigns Over Conference Flap, Carrie JohnsonNPR, April 3, 2012 

GSA shakeup highlights spending scrutiny, Michael Hard and Camille TuuttiFederal Computer Week (, April 3, 2012 

Group seeks re-vote on birth control clot risk, Anna YukhananovReuters, January 12, 2012 

The Yaz Men: Members of FDA panel reviewing the risks of popular Bayer contraceptive had industry ties, Jeanne Lenzer and Keith EpsteinTen Miles Square; The Washington Monthly (blog), January 9, 2012 

Air Force mentor's ties illustrate conflict of interest, Tom Vanden Brook and Ray LockerUSA Today, November 29, 2011 

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

Drilling Down: Behind Veneer, Doubt upon Future of Natural Gas, Robbie BrownRecent Business News, June 27, 2011 

Government agency under fire for contract to director’s ex-firm, By John T. BennettThe Hill, March 6, 2011 

Earmarks wane but lobbying doesn't, By Chris FratesPolitico, January 28, 2011 

Military 'mentors' quit over disclosure rules, By Tom Vanden BrookUSA Today, January 20, 2011 

Pentagon Issues Ethics Memo Before Gutting Conflict-of-Interest Rules, By Spencer AckermanWired; Danger Room, January 4, 2011 

Pentagon Issues Ethics Memo Before Gutting Conflict-of-Interest Rules, By Spencer AckermanWired; Danger Room, January 4, 2011 

Pentagon issues conflict of interest rule for contractors, By Marjorie CenserThe Washington Post, January 3, 2011 

From the Pentagon to the private sector, By Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe, December 26, 2010 

Pentagon stops shielding senior mentors from disclosure, By Tom Vanden BrookUSA Today, November 17, 2010 

Financial disclosure ordered for military mentors, By Tom Vanden BrookUSA Today, October 14, 2010 

‘Revolving door’ is still spinning for lawmakers, lobbyists, By Diana MarreroMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 30, 2010 

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

Job door revolves despite fed rule; Career official walks thin line, By Jim McElhattonThe Washington Times, June 16, 2010 

Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests, By Ian UrbinaThe New York Times, May 20, 2010 

N.Y. Times still pays Obama's nominee to Army post; Lawyer would probe news leaks, By Jim McElhattonThe Washington Times, April 1, 2010 

Nominee's ties to TSA contractors raise ethics concerns, By Chris, March 16, 2010 

Pentagon panel has contractor contacts, By Ray Locker and Ken DilanianUSA Today, March 1, 2010 

Taiwan’s $1 billion missile buy from Raytheon under review by watchdog group, By Michael RichardsonThe Examiner, February 9, 2010 

Watchdog wants all Pentagon official's contacts with Raytheon, By Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe;, February 8, 2010 

Tracking The Money Obama Gives To Local Law, By Ari ShapiroNational Public Radio (NPR), January 2, 2010 

Daschle Had Public and Private Role in Push for Digital Health Records, By Fred Schulte & Emma SchwartzThe Huffington Post, December 15, 2009 

Contractors Watching Contractors, By Jeremy ScahillThe Nation, December 10, 2009 

Inouye's earmarks go to his donors, By Herbert SampleAssociated Press, December 9, 2009 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters faces ethics probe, By Kitty Felde89.3 KPCV Southern California Public Radio, November 18, 2009 

Boos as Obama taps Yucca supporter, By Stephanie TavaresLas Vegas Sun, October 21, 2009 

Did Hank Paulson Break the Law?, By Nick BaumannMother Jones, October 20, 2009 

Ten administration officials granted exceptions to ethics rule, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, September 9, 2009 

Treasury nominee to keep corporate pay, By Jim McElhattonThe Washington Times, May 12, 2009 

Nonprofit Lobbyists Want To Work For Obama, National Journal's Under the Influence, April 9, 2009 

Nonprofit Lobbyists Want To Work For Obama, By Bara Vaida The National Journal Online, April 9, 2009 

FEMA Chief of Staff to Recuse Himself from Contracts with Former Employer, By Daniel FowlerCQ Homeland Security, April 3, 2009 

Dennis Blair, By Mark ThompsonTIME Magazine, January 12, 2009 

Nonprofit raises issue with pick for intelligence, by Matthew CellaThe Washington Times, January 9, 2009 

Retired admiral tapped for top intel position , By Philip EwingNavy Times, December 22, 2008 

Dennis Blair leading contender for NID, By Jen DimascioPolitico, November 11, 2008 

Stevens and the Need for Government Oversight, By Marthena CowartThe Hill, October 29, 2008 

Department of beams in the eye, By Meredith WadmanNature, October 23, 2008 

NIH Scolded Employee For Flagging Conflicts, By Ed SilvermanPharmalot, October 22, 2008 

NIH Punished Scientist Who Had Called for Open Records, By Richard MonasterskyThe Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2008 

Analysis: Bush library corruption charges, By Shaun WatermanUnited Press International, July 14, 2008 

Justice in Hot Water Over Dubious Grants, By Matthew BlakeWashington Independent, July 3, 2008 

Report: DOJ Grantees Getting by with Help from Their Friends, By Ben ProtessProPublica, June 20, 2008 

Panel tees off on Justice grant official's golf outings, By Dan FriedmanCongressDaily, June 20, 2008 

Investigators Look for Favoritism in Justice Department Grants, By Carrie JohnsonWashington Post, June 19, 2008 

DHS allows industry liaison to keep his business ties, By Ben BainFederal Computer Week, February 26, 2008 

Mukasey Had Been Overseer Finalist; Attorney General Withdrew His Name After Nomination , By Carrie JohnsonThe Washington Post, January 30, 2008 

Ex-Officials Benefit From Corporate Cleanup, By Carrie JohnsonWashington Post, January 15, 2008 

Association of Bay Area Governments Helps Fund Pentagon Program, By Richard BrennemanBerkeley Daily Planet, February 27, 2007 

Edo director resigns amid conflict-of-interest charges, By James BernsteinNewsday, August 2, 2006 

Pentagon reviews conflict-of-interest accusation, By Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters, July 31, 2006 

Lou Dobbs Tonight, With Christine RomansCNN, January 13, 2006 

Schmooze Or Lose, by Kimberly PalmerGovernment Executive, December 1, 2005 

What's Lincoln Group? ,, December 1, 2005 

Cronyism in the Bush Administration, With Aaron Brown, Anderson Cooper, Joe JohnsCNN's "Newsnight with Aaron Brown", October 13, 2005 

Watchdog group says influence peddling sets stage for breaking law , By William Finn Bennett, July 16, 2005 

Lawmaker's home sale questioned , By Marcus Stern, Copley News, June 12, 2005 

Boeing Still in the Cross Hairs, By Sally B. Donnelly Time Magazine, March 21, 2005 

Adviser To Ridge, Adviser To Business Partners; Questions on Kerik's 2 roles , By Thomas Maier and Ken Fireman of the Washington bureau contributed to this story. Newsday, December 11, 2004 

Boeing's call for help from Air Force raises more questions, by Byron AcohidoUSA Today, December 8, 2003