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 "Japan":

"… pled a MOX-burning reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, Edwin Lyman, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group sk …"

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 "Security":

"… rs of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on National Security expressed outrage at a hearing last week about the Pentagon’s handling o …"

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 "Obama":

"… n. Why can't Defense? …"

"… Wartime Contracting, told the Senate Armed Services committee a day before Obama’s announcement.In an August report, prepared after a three-year study of …"

"… ation, logistics, construction and transportation for the U.S. troops that Obama said will be home by Christmas.According to a preliminary estimate given a …"

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 "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… That contract, awarded in 2004, was already worth over $5 billion when the Defense Logistics Agency chose to extend it in 2010, without competition, for another two years and …"

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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… dblocks to contractor oversight. The watchdog also found problems with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Pentagon’s contract management office. The agency experienced confl …"

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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… aq and Kuwait.Tamimi has refused to turn over its financial records to the Defense Contract Audit Agency and to prime contractor KBR, which want to examine the company’s books t …"

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":

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

"… rs and millions of dollars in labor costs. In sum, the audit found many of DynCorp’s billing and financial controls to be inadequate.The audit is notable f …"

"… an National Police. This effort is critical to the drawdown of U.S. troops.DynCorp is likely to continue its work in Afghanistan through the end of …"

"… promising a full and open competition, which could begin within two weeks.DynCorp spokesman Jason Rossbach said the Nov. 27, 2009 audit  was outdated a …"

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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… which provides space-launch capabilities for the Air Force. …"

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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… s from [DCAA’s] primary mission.”But not everyone agrees.“It’s the Defense Contract Audit Agency, not the Defense Contract Accounting Agency,” said Richard C. Loeb, adju …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ors to bypass some levels of management. When asked about these changes, a Pentagon spokesperson said DCAA would not be able to respond in time for publicatio …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… istration. And FBI statistics requested by the Center focusing just on the Pentagon document a similar trend. In 2001, the Bureau referred 213 Defense Departm …"

"… er lives.”This steep drop in enforcement has occurred at a time when the Pentagon has grown increasingly reliant on contractors for goods and services. Trad …"

"… tect, investigate, prosecute, and deter criminal activity impacting DoD.”Pentagon data provided to the Center show that the number of DCIS agents dropped (s …"

"… d some since, but remains below what it was in 1995 — while the value of Pentagon contracts has soared.“Their ability to conduct good investigations to a …"

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 "Henry Waxman":

"… cording to government reports made available by California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman.In the August 2004 memo, the audit agency recommended the Army hold back o …"

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 "Kazakhstan":

"… r, even though the two firms have a $2.6 billion joint venture contract in Kazakhstan.Several agencies have recognized that there are problems with the contract …"

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 "Somalia":

"… t drew little attention from the media. Unlike other U.S. interventions in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti and Kosovo, there was no hand-wringing over whether a deplo …"

"… ng" in Bosnia and Kosovo and the man-made famine engineered by warlords in Somalia. In November 1998, the RUF was in the middle of an orgy of looting, murder …"