Archive: Contract workers

Contractors Must Check For Immigrant Status

Looks like E-Verify is going to happen after all. Starting Sept. 8, federal contractors will have to participate in a broad effort to crack down on illegal immigration by confirming that employees are allowed to work in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Obama administration's...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | July 9, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

Signs of Progress for Tracking Contract Work

It appears that some progress is being made in trying to keep better track of the work contractors do, oversight officials told Congressional leaders this week. "The Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are making progress toward better oversight of the contractors they hire," says a...

 

By Sara Goo | April 2, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Contractors: Boost Needed For Civil Servants Overseeing Stimulus

The Professional Services Council, which represents a wide array of government contractors, is worried. Though they embrace the need for massive spending to goose the economy, they're fretting about the ability of the federal workforce to properly manage what they call "this tsunami of funding." They have issued a white...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 25, 2009; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (6)

Behind the Blackwater Name Change

Don't say Blackwater anymore. The Moyock, N.C.-based private security company that became well known for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan is now known as Xe (pronounced like the letter Z). After a yearlong search conducted internally for a new name, the company's executives picked Xe, according to Anne Tyrrell,...

 

By Sara Goo | February 17, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (9)

Gov. Contractor Sentenced for Bribery Scheme

This just in from the Department of Justice: "A government contractor and former employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury was sentenced in Washington today in connection with a bribery scheme involving contracts at the U.S. Tax Court in the District of Columbia, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M....

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 6, 2009; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pentagon Letter Complicates Blackwater Prosecution

A Pentagon determination two years ago that Blackwater security forces working for the State Department were not subject to U.S. civilian criminal laws now may undercut the Justice Department's case against five of the firm's guards for manslaughter. That's according to a story by the Associated Press. "The Pentagon...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 5, 2009; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (11)

Executive Orders Reverse Course, Raise Interesting Questions

Three executive orders issued by President Barack Obama include provisions that could lead to some interesting outcomes for federal contractors. The orders reverse Bush administration initiatives that Democrats consider inimical to labor unions. But some observers believe they now will hamper contractors will new requirements. From a New York Times...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 3, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

State Department Cancels Iraq Contract With Blackwater

The State Department will not renew Blackwater Worldwide's contract for securities services in Iraq, according to media reports today, ending one of the most controversial government deals in recent memory. Blackwater and its affiliates have received about $1.3 billion this decade -- most of it through State Department contracts. The...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | January 30, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (30)

More Contracting Oversight On Capitol Hill

The rush to improve oversight continues. Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee just announced an ad hoc subcommittee to oversee federal contracting. "Management of federal contracts is one of the greatest operational challenges facing the federal government," Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a statement....

 

By Robert O'Harrow | January 30, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Blackwater Whitewash?

The Justice Department accused Blackwater Worldwide contractors in Baghdad of an "'unprovoked and illegal attack'" on unarmed Iraqi civilians last year that killed at least 14 and wounded 20, according to documents released by DOJ and a Post story by Del Wilber. "One man was shot in the chest while...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | December 9, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

A Horror

That's what New York University professor Paul Light says is the best word to describe what life has been like for many federal employees. In case you missed his column, take a look here. The numbers are compelling. Just seeing them again make us heave a sigh of uncertainty....

 

By Robert O'Harrow | November 26, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

NCS Pearson Agrees to Fine Over Airport Screeners

A TSA contractor at the center of a homeland security contracting debacle several years ago has agreed to pay "$5.6 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with a contract" to help the agency hire airport security screeners, the Justice Department said in a brief statement....

 

By Robert O'Harrow | November 20, 2008; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The FDA's Image Problem

It seems as though the FDA is riling up Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. The lawmakers, long critical about how the FDA has been operating, are now miffed the agency...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | November 19, 2008; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hoosier Daddy?

Hoosier lawmaker Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) asks a good question: Should contractors working abroad have to pay the U.S. government billions in unpaid taxes? His answer: Yes! And he's moving ahead in making it a law. On Monday -- yes, one day before Tax Day -- the House approved...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | April 17, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blackwater, Contracts and Redactions

On Oct. 3, I filed a request with the State Department for contracts with Blackwater. On Dec. 3, the Washington Post received 323 pages in response to my request. I was thrilled. I like documents. But there was a rub. About half the pages are blank. Here's a sample...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | December 7, 2007; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (30)

 

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