Project on Government Oversight

  • Keeping pace with pacemakers

    Americans are living longer and healthier lives because of advances in health science. On average, American women are now living past 80 and men are living past 75. Pacemakers and stents are just two of…

  • House joins Smart Contracting Caucus

    Members of the House of Representatives that are interested in contracting issues join the Smart Contracting Caucus. The group is starting a series of discussions about issues that are creating some challenges for acquisition managers.…

  • White House, agencies get low marks for transparency

    A Nextgov study finds government is not getting high marks for transparency. Nextgov’s Aliya Sternstein and Project on Government Oversight’s Bryan Rahija, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss how agencies can become more open.

  • POGO: Risks in DoD scaleback of small contract oversight

    Nick Schwellenbach, director of investigations at POGO , joined the DorobekINSIDER to explain the potential impact of a decrease of DoD audits of smaller contracts.

  • Agencies use new label for safeguarded docs

    An executive order from President Obama orders agencies to use the label of ”Controlled Unclassified Information” for documents that are safeguarded but not classified.

  • Senate committee considers contract auditing reform

    Improving the performance of federal contract audits is one way a Senate Committee us trying to root out waste, fraud and abuse.

  • Rep. Mica: IG report is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ of problems at GSA

    The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA’s Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

  • Analysis: GSA’s scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

    From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service’s lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.

  • The silver lining in the GSA scandal

    Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

  • Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

    During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.