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 "Nuclear Regulatory Commission":

"… concrete were allowed to remain in place after special inspections by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Fixing the problem cost more than $680,000. Three years later, Sha …"

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 "Iraq":

"… go all the U.S. troops by year’s end, President Obama said Friday about Iraq. And in go the contractors, along with some familiar contracting problems, …"

"… t.In an August report, prepared after a three-year study of contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the commission estimated that between $30 billion and $60 …"

"… ects on their own,” it reported.Although some waste can be attributed to Iraq’s pervasive culture of corruption, many of the war’s contracting short …"

"… ertions, sustained attention, and unrelenting leadership.”The handoff in Iraq from U.S. military forces to contractors has been under way for some time, …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… h a prior vendor, a Kuwaiti company which was subsequently indicted by the Department of Justice on criminal charges.Such contracts, like LOGCAP, which are counted as “c …"

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 "USDA":

"… od. The company owner will pay $15 million and faces two years in prison. (USDA Inspector General) …"

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 "Henry Waxman":

"… ractors DifficultThe problem isn’t new. Three years ago, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California said the subcontracting world “is so murky that we can’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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… , according to a leading defense audit agency.A November 2009 audit by the Defense Contract Audit Agency, made public Friday by a Senate subcommittee on contracting over …"

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 "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 "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… he Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program contract.Back in 2004 the Defense Contract Audit Agency expressed concern over alleged flaws in KBR's billing system. An August 16 …"

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 "KBR":

"… reports by the Defense Contract Audit Agency found several deficiencies in KBR's billing system. As a result, the agency is withholding $186 million in p …"

"… the agency is withholding $186 million in payments for food service until KBR provides additional data showing that the meals billed actually were provi …"

"… neral also launched a criminal investigation in February 2004 into whether KBR overcharged the government while it was importing fuel from Kuwait to Iraq …"

"… tion Program contract, an omnibus contract that allows the Army to call on KBR for support in all of its field operations. When the Army needs a service …"

Inside a war-time contract

By André Verlöy

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "KBR":

"… d Iraqi oil restoration contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers to KBR, increased from its original ceiling of $24 million to $887.37 million. Un …"

"… der task order 0005, which originally had a performance period of 90 days, KBR was responsible for importing fuel to Iraq. KBR did not break the $7 billi …"

"… ormance period of 90 days, KBR was responsible for importing fuel to Iraq. KBR did not break the $7 billion ceiling that had been specified for the sole- …"

"… .The General Accounting Office, which did not specifically investigate the KBR oil contract, expressed concerns about revisions to contracts and task ord …"

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 …"

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 "security services":

"… This collision of supply and demand resulted in a new age of military and security services on the world market.In fact, a nearly two-year investigation by ICIJ ident …"