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Project on Government Oversight




Obama to Federal Contractors: Tax Cheats Beware

January 20, 2010 


President Obama released a memorandum to federal agencies today, stating that he will hold accountable federal contractors who owe an estimated $5 billion in unpaid taxes. Penalties could include preventing those delinquent contractors from being awarded new contracts.  The President’s move follows years of legislative failures on this issue.

“We welcome the President’s action, which provides another tool to prevent companies with questionable track records from receiving federal contracts. With tax season upon us, it’s nice to know that contractors will be paying their fair share and answer to Uncle Sam. It’s unfortunate that previous tax cheat laws languished in Congress,” stated POGO’s general counsel, Scott Amey.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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