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Sep 02, 2011 Group Says It Has New Evidence of Cisco’s Misdeeds in China

QUOTE: An advocacy group that accuses Cisco Systems of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and apprehending members of the banned Falun Gong organization said Friday that it had new evidence to suggest that Cisco specifically tailored its technology for that purpose.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2011 In Knotty State Secrets Case, Justices Ponder Telling Litigants to ‘Go Away’

QUOTE: The contractors sued, asking to keep the money and seeking $1.2 billion more. They said their work had been frustrated by the government’s failure to share classified technology. The government disputed that, but would not explain why, invoking the state secrets privilege.

New York Times
May 26, 2010 Trampled in a Land Rush, Chinese Resist

QUOTE: Protests like those in Laogucheng — including self-immolations and deadly standoffs — have forced officials to at least consider measures to make it harder to seize property and turn it over to developers without fully compensating those who live on it or use it. Effective confiscation of land nominally owned by the state, but farmed or lived on by the poor, has been a major source of unrest for the past two decades.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2010 Reducing the Anxiety of Paying Online

QUOTE: Deciding which online payment method to use would seem to be a simple matter of picking whichever offers higher security. But the wise consumer also weighs the legal protections in the case of theft: the best security and the lowest liability don’t necessarily go together. Here’s the lowdown on the risks associated with the most popular ways to pay online...

New York Times
Mar 10, 2009 Drug Investors Lose Patience

QUOTE: Now, with cash scarce, credit tight and big drug companies like Merck intent on branching into biotechnology themselves, struggling start-ups may no longer get second and third chances to succeed.

New York Times
Sep 30, 2008 Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty to Fraud: Executive Director Helped Defense Contractor Friend Win Lucrative Deals

QUOTE: The CIA's former top administrator pleaded guilty yesterday to steering agency contracts to a defense contractor and concealing their relationship, making Kyle "Dusty" Foggo the highest-ranking member of a federal intelligence or law enforcement agency to be convicted of a crime...

Washington Post
May 01, 2008 Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief: Resignation Comes at White House's Behest

QUOTE: General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

Washington Post
Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm

QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

New York Times
Oct 15, 2007 Many barriers keep organic food out of school lunches

QUOTE: Language proposed in the farm bill being debated now in Congress would remove a huge barrier by making it legal for schools to favor local farm suppliers. In Washington state, groups with interests as diverse as climate change, conservation and childhood obesity voted last week to make farm-to-school a top legislative priority for next year.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Oct 13, 2007 Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm: Qwest Feared NSA Plan Was Illegal, Filing Says

QUOTE: A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be illegal.

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2007 A $50 Billion Windfall from the GSA

QUOTE: The U.S. General Services Administration has arrived at a solution to streamline the process by which it awards technology contracts. But to outsiders, it looks like an insider game.

Jul 18, 2007 Panel to Discuss Concerns on Contractors

QUOTE: “Right now, fraudulent contractors are basically being given a green light to pillage the federal coffers,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York. Last week, Ms. Maloney introduced a bill that would create a comprehensive, centralized database to monitor the federal procurement system more efficiently.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2007 Armored Vehicles Chronically Late: Inspector General Faults No-Bid Deals

QUOTE: The Pentagon inspector general's office has found that a program to deliver special armored vehicles to protect military personnel in Iraq from roadside bombs has been marred by delays and questionable contracting practices that may have endangered troops.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2007 Navy, GSA Say Contract Led to Waste, Maybe Fraud

QUOTE: An effort to buy floating barriers to protect the nation's fleet from attacks several years ago led to millions of dollars in waste and may have involved criminal fraud by a government employee and contractor...

Washington Post
Dec 25, 2006 Interior, Pentagon Faulted In Audits: Effort to Speed Defense Contracts Wasted Millions

QUOTE: The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling $1.7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste...."routinely violated rules designed to protect U.S. Government interests,"...

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2006 GSA Chief Seeks to Cut Budget For Audits: Contract Oversight Would Be Reduced

QUOTE: The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce...

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2006 Too late to renege on car purchase

QUOTE: A right of rescission in a contract gives you a cooling-off period where you can walk away from the deal. It's normal for homeowners to have this right when they use home equity loans to tap the equity in their homes, but isn't standard fare on the purchase agreement for a new car.
Sep 06, 2006 Hornsby Pleads Not Guilty: Ex-Chief Accused Of Kickback Scheme

QUOTE: Hornsby, 52, was indicted Aug. 23 by a federal grand jury on charges of steering school business to associates in exchange for kickbacks that were intended to exceed $100,000 and possibly include expensive art or a yacht.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2006 U.N. Finds Waste in Peacekeeping Work: Eight Procurement Officials Suspended

QUOTE: U.N. investigators have uncovered rampant waste, price inflation and suspicion that employees colluded with vendors in awarding contracts for a variety of peacekeeping programs...

Washington Post
Dec 25, 2005 The High Cost of Hiring Friends

QUOTE: It's a problem lots of us stumble into when doing business with family, friends or friends of friends. The usual steps you take when hiring somebody -- the estimates, the haggling, the references -- are bypassed. You figure you're safe with a friend. And then, it all comes back to haunt you.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Dec 15, 2005 Panel Suggests Changes in Pentagon Procurement

QUOTE: Combat commanders should play more of a role in setting requirements for future weapons systems, and timely delivery should be as important a requirement as performance in judging when weapons are ready to use, according to an outside panel studying Pentagon procurement practices.

Washington Post
Dec 14, 2005 Buying prescription drugs online: a safe bet?

QUOTE: With the high cost of prescription drugs, more consumers are turning to the Internet to cut expenses. But what you order on the Web isn't always what you get.
Nov 29, 2005 Air Force Erred With No-Bid Iraq Contract, GAO Says

QUOTE: The Air Force, under pressure from the Pentagon, committed a "gross error" last year when it rushed to sign a no-bid contract for advisers to help plan and implement Iraq's national elections and draft its constitution, the Government Accountability Office has ruled.

Washington Post
Nov 25, 2005 Gulf Coast Officials Are Squeezed on Debris Cleanup

QUOTE: Federal officials are encouraging Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina to turn over the job of removing storm-related debris to the Army Corps of Engineers. The incentive is simple: The Corps will do it free...the agency at times overpays for debris removal, thereby making one of the costliest elements of Katrina recovery even more expensive. Local authorities also expressed concern that the contractors the Corps hires won't employ as many local residents to work in cleanup crews...

Washington Post
Nov 19, 2005 Halliburton Allegations Are Sent to Justice Dept.: No-Bid Contracts In Iraq Are at Issue

QUOTE: An investigative arm of the Pentagon has sent an Army Corps of Engineers whistle-blower's allegations of wrongdoing against Halliburton Co. to the Justice Department.

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2005 Payments on Katrina Contract Halted After Billing Questions

QUOTE: The contract with Mobile-based Clearbrook LLC included billings that were "mathematically inaccurate indicating over $3 million in overcharges," according to a Nov. 10 letter by field auditors from the Department of Homeland Security...

Washington Post
Sep 13, 2005 A Major Test for FEMA And Its Contracting Crew: Sheer Scale of Katrina Awards a Concern

QUOTE: A recent audit by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general questioned whether FEMA's acquisition workforce was qualified.

Washington Post
Aug 29, 2005 Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted

QUOTE: A top Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance.

New York Times
May 22, 2005 Contracting Rush For Security Led To Waste, Abuse

QUOTE: Billions of dollars were spent to protect Americans with improved passenger screening, bomb-detection machines at airports, radiation monitors at ports and computer networks to identify suspected terrorists at the borders.... But the government's internal audits have repeatedly questioned the cost and effectiveness of the equipment and security systems bought from corporations that received a torrent of money under loosened regulations, limited oversight and tight congressional deadlines.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2004 Boeing Deal Faces Justice Dept. Review: Potential Conflict of Interest Cited

QUOTE: The Justice Department has been asked to review documents related to a proposed Boeing Co. tanker address questions of potential conflict of interest...

Washington Post
Feb 29, 2004 From U.S. Wrecks to Central American Riches

QUOTE: A flourishing trade is transforming cars sold as junk in the United States into cherished gems on the streets of Central America. Tens of thousands of damaged cars written off for a few hundred dollars in the north find a new life here to the south...

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2004 A Hairy Problem for Salons; Diverting Premium Products to Stores Costs Industry Millions

QUOTE: But selling these products through alternative channels is not illegal, even if it violates a manufacturer's contract. So it's up to the manufacturer to catch the wholesalers, distributors and salons that are selling products on the side, and that's not always easy.

Washington Post