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 "Russia":

"… e is devoted to nuclear-related cleanup, not production. So when U.S. and Russian dignitaries in 2005 helped turn the first shovels of dirt here for a new …"

"… fuel plant now under construction was the product of a U.S. agreement with Russia for each country to dispose of 34 tons of its own plutonium, an explo …"

"… as ballooned while its goals have contracted. The original agreement with Russia has been changed so significantly that it may help Russia produce more plu …"

"… l agreement with Russia has been changed so significantly that it may help Russia produce more plutonium, not less. And today — after a federal expenditur …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… mic and national security being threatened by our fiscal situation.” …"

"… t extensions worth more than $4 billion over three years, according to the Pentagon’s chief internal watchdog and congressional investigators. The dea …"

"… ee on National Security expressed outrage at a hearing last week about the Pentagon’s handling of the deal, especially two contract extensions awarded amid …"

"… n active war zone,” Schuster said. At the hearing, Daniel R. Blair, the Pentagon’s deputy inspector general for auditing, told lawmakers however that the …"

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 "Houston":

"… n late 2001, the Army, after a competition, awarded LOGCAP III to KBR. The Houston-based firm, once a subsidiary of Halliburton, began providing everything f …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… rsight are not in place,” the GAO said.The GAO singled out the Pentagon, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration as agencies with risky …"

"… ighlights a multibillion-dollar, nuclear construction project in which the Department of Energy relied entirely on the DCAA, which performs contract oversight for other g …"

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 "investigator":

"… rrent and recent probes by the Pentagon, congressional panels, and federal investigators:Up to $300 million in subcontracts in Iraq and Kuwait were allegedly tain …"

"… en “they don’t take this as seriously as we do,” a Pentagon criminal investigator told the Center and the Fund.Prosecutions often rely on whistleblowers ins …"

"… hdad’s Green Zone, the source of the video said in a 2007 interview with investigators from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). The whistleblower …"

"… minal Investigative Service (DCIS). The whistleblower also gave government investigators short clips of video taken at one of the parties. The interview documents …"

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 "Afghan National Police":

"… ity in Afghanistan, where since 2004 it has played a key role training the Afghan National Police. This effort is critical to the drawdown of U.S. troops.DynCorp is li …"

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 "director":

"… egrity.“No one is minding the store,” said William G. Dupree, a former director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), which investigates c …"

"… C data, but were unable to provide numbers of their own. Richard D. Beltz, director of investigative operations with the Defense Criminal Investigative Servic …"

"… of its participation on these teams. Last September, April G. Stephenson, director of the DCAA, testified that the agency has “ceased participation in all …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… r seen anything like the way KBR's unsupported charges were handled by the Department of Defense."Darryn James, a Defense Department spokesperson, acknowledged that the Pe …"

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 "Federal Acquisition Regulation":

"… DCC-W that the Defense Department's IG investigated, 22 did not follow the Federal Acquisition Regulation, part of the official guidelines governing the contracting process.This la …"

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 "Booz Allen Hamilton":

"… se contracts were held by just two companies: Kellogg Brown & Root and Booz Allen Hamilton. Because of the limited information the Pentagon provides and the breadth …"

"… hand in their futures through lobbying. Wackenhut, Brown & Root, Booz Allen Hamilton, Betac Corp., Armor Holdings, Logicon and Cubic Corp. have all employed lo …"