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Pentagon Obscures Cost Growth of “Little Crappy Ship”

According to a March 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review, which is charged with reviewing information to be released to the public, blocked awkward information regarding

March 8, 2017
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GAO’s High Risk List: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

The latest iteration of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) biennial High-Risk Series, released on February 15, 2017, added three programs and removed one.  The new areas included programs serving Indian tribes, environmental liabilities,...

February 24, 2017
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Mulvaney Faces Uphill Battle on Defense Spending

Incoming Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) will be tasked with developing plans to cut trillions of dollars in spending, based on the ideas being floated by the Trump transition team.  While there are always...

January 25, 2017
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Anachronistic Earmark Offering from Culberson, Rogers, and Rooney

Americans might fondly remember 2006:  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was the top grossing movie, Sexyback by Justin Timberlake was at the top of the charts, and Bob Barker announced his retirement from The Price is Right.

December 20, 2016
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Procurement Blues: Competition Needed to Fix Defense Contracting

Upon assuming the office of Secretary of Defense in February 2015, Ashton Carter prioritized recruiting private sector companies – especially those in technology industries – to bid on contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD).

November 16, 2016
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Show Me the Budget

Americans might fondly remember many experiences from 1996, including watching “Independence Day” and “Jerry Maguire,” reading about the cloning of Dolly the sheep, dancing to the Macarena, and surfing new websites such as Ask Jeeves and eBay.

October 20, 2016
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SIGAR: U.S. Facilitated Afghan Corruption, Reacted Slowly

The first in a series of “lessons learned” reports released in September 2016 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko has indicated that the U.S.

September 15, 2016
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Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gains Traction

Consensus in the nation’s capital is rare.  Agreement between Republicans and Democrats is typically confined to a belief that Washington, D.C. is miserably hot this time of year, and therefore the summer recess should last as long as possible. ...

August 18, 2016
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Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gaining Speed

Consensus in the nation’s capital is rare.  Agreement between Republicans and Democrats is typically confined to a belief that Washington, D.C. is miserably hot this time of year, and therefore the summer Congressional recess should last as long as...

July 21, 2016
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Boeing on the Hook for Failures of New Air Force Tanker

Pegasus, the mythological white winged horse that sprang forth from the neck of Medusa, never had any problem taking off; however, the same is not true for the horse’s namesake aircraft, the KC-46 tanker.

June 15, 2016
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New Air Force Tanker Unable to Refuel Planes

Boeing is set to miss a significant contractual deadline in its KC-46 tanker program.

June 7, 2016
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Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations: Poor Track Record, Poor Outlook

In January 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared their intention to punctually approve the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government.  Perhaps this declaration was designed...

May 12, 2016

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