Archive: contracting warnings

GAO: Soaring Use Of Contractors Puts DoD At Risk Of Fraud, Waste

Pentagon spending on goods and services has doubled to $388 billion since 2001, while the defense workforce has remained almost flat, an imbalance that has put "acquisitions at an increased risk of poor outcomes and vulnerability to fraud, waste, and abuse," according to the Government Accountability Office. The risks come...


By Robert O'Harrow | April 28, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (9)

Thomas Frank Calls for End of "Contractor Welfare Binge"

A few days ago, Thomas Frank shared some harsh opinions about the much-broadened use of contractors by the federal government over the last decade. In an op-ed broadside in the Wall Street Journal, Frank called the trend "our contractor welfare binge." Frank recalled the recommendations made by J. Peter Grace...


By Robert O'Harrow | December 8, 2008; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (13)

Systemic Challenges

To some ears, the testimony delivered yesterday by Comptroller General David M. Walker undoubtedly sounded like chiding. To others it might be a clarion call. In his appearance before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the head of the Government Accountability Office highlighted fundamental problems with...


By Robert O'Harrow | July 18, 2007; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (0)


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