Nuclear Waste: A $1 billion Energy Department project overshoots its budget by 600 percent

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART TWO OF A SERIES: A yawning gap opens between Washington’s claims about a nuclear plant and its messy construction.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Friedman":

"… ted plant, a circumstance that alarmed Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman when he reviewed the program in the summer of 2005. Friedman’s report d …"

Pentagon claims $757 million overbilling by contractor in Afghanistan

By Richard H.P. Sia

Lawmakers are upset that the Pentagon kept giving billions of dollars to a food supplier for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… r two more years in 2010, even though a 2008 review of the contract by the Defense Contract Audit Agency found possible double-billing by the company for the cost of delivering fo …"

Sending troops home could pave way for more non-competitive defense contracting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

After more than ten years of conflict, and around $1 trillion spent, what will troop drawdown mean for Department of Defense?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… spensions, debarments, or prosecution. “Staffing shortages have led to a Defense Contract Audit Agency backlog of nearly $600 billion [worth of transactions], delaying recovery …"

Windfalls of war: KBR, the government's concierge

By Sharon Weinberger

After a decade of war, KBR's umbrella contract tops $37 billion

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior policy analyst":

"… want, and we don’t know how much it costs,’” said Laura Peterson, a senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. “Instead they say, …"

Lack of contract oversight puts billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on contractors but many struggle to manage them and therefore expose billions in taxpayer dollars

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Aeronautics and Space Administration":

"… the GAO said.The GAO singled out the Pentagon, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration as agencies with risky contractor oversight. The GAO also said the Centers …"

The struggle to police foreign subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert

To win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Iraq, military experts want U.S. companies to contract with local firms for a variety of tasks li

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… “adverse consequences” for American troops, according to a 2008 USAID Inspector General report. The program to improve community services was run by an American n …"

"… ruction sites.Raymond DiNunzio, the head of investigations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that in some cases involving reconstr …"

Pentagon’s contract examiners need to cooperate

By Julie Vorman

Two Pentagon agencies that share responsibility for overseeing how big contracts are carried out should stop their squabbling and work toget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… ate entities act as watchdogs over how companies spend taxpayer money. The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), which reports to the Pentagon’s comptroller, audits contracts fo …"

Audit finds poor controls on millions of dollars in Afghan police program

Pentagon discovers overpayments to contractor, potential for waste

Excerpts from this story referencing "DynCorp International":

"… ttee on contracting oversight, uncovered  serious deficiencies in how DynCorp International tracks payroll, bills from subcontractors, cost vouchers and millions of d …"

Pentagon contracting audit chief removed following critical Senate hearing

By Nick Schwellenbach

The head of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), April G. Stephenson, is being removed, according to an e-mail she wrote today to DCAA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ngress. Her removal comes after a contentious September hearing focused on Government Accountability Office findings of widespread deficiencies in DCAA audits conducted before Stephe …"

Defense auditors tighten rules for contractors

By Nick Schwellenbach

The management of the Defense Contract Auditing Agency has issued new policies that extend the organization’s traditional green eyeshade mis

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… blowers of improper manipulation of audits led to a critical review by the Government Accountability Office and a high-profile Senate hearing last year. The Defense Department IG and …"

Overbilling by overseas contractors, plus lax oversight means money is being wasted

By Nick Schwellenbach

On Monday the congressionally-created Wartime Contracting Commission will hold a hearing on Defense Department logistics contracts in Iraq a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… by contractor employees,” said Commission co-chair Michael J. Thibault.A Defense Contract Audit Agency employee, who spent a year in Iraq, told PaperTrail, on the condition of a …"

Fraud cases fell while Pentagon contracts surged

By Nick Schwellenbach

The number of defense contracting fraud and corruption cases sent by government investigators to prosecutors dropped precipitously under the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… the report: “Oversight of DoD contracts needs to be strengthened.”The Defense Contract Audit Agency — considered the front line for ensuring that contractors do not bilk ta …"

Review launched on payments Army made to KBR over auditor objections

By Nick Schwellenbach

Controversial charges by contractor KBR for work done in Iraq are getting new scrutiny from the Pentagon, PaperTrail has learned....

Excerpts from this story referencing "head":

"… from its relationship with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who used to head Halliburton, which was once the parent company of KBR. The company provide …"

"… the auditors’ advice, but not everyone agreed. Charles Smith, the former head of the Army's field support division that oversaw KBR, tried to withhold 1 …"

Pentagon contract fraud policy may not match reality

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Defense Contract Audit Agency — the Pentagon's front-line defense from contractor rip-offs — has been under fire since last summer, when

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… hotline told her managers that she had made allegations to the hotline. …"

Halliburton contracts balloon

By André Verlöy and Daniel Politi

Despite being under an investigative cloud, company gets $4.3 billion in 2003

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… t and close ties to the administration.This year, two audit reports by the Defense Contract Audit Agency found several deficiencies in KBR's billing system. As a result, the agenc …"

Winning contractors – An update

By Daniel Politi

As the number of contracts rises, problems continue to plague the contracting process

Excerpts from this story referencing "CACI":

"… the revelation that employees of private contractors Titan Corporation and CACI were present during the alleged torture of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghra …"

"… ive a contract or any list of contracts that included Titan Corporation or CACI; those contract values came, rather, from Congressional testimony. This ma …"

"… be due to the number of agencies involved in the contracting process. The CACI contract, for example, is funded by the Army but was awarded through the D …"

Inside a war-time contract

By André Verlöy

How a $24M military contract becomes a $887.4M contract

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… at was denied by the vice president's spokesman.Two audit reports from the Defense Contract Audit Agency on Jan. 13 and May 13 found several deficiencies in KBR's billing system. …"

Privatizing combat, the new world order

By Laura Peterson

In 1998, the U.S. had a military presence in a remote African war that drew little attention from the media

Excerpts from this story referencing "Miami":

"… training of military and police forces, recently established an office in Miami – a move, the company's director of operations explained, to handle cont …"