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IG finds flaws in DHS contract award to limo company

May 17, 2007 A Washington-area limousine company that has been linked to a scandal surrounding imprisoned former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham was improperly awarded a multimillion contract to shuttle Homeland Security Department employees throughout the region, according to a new investigative report. The DHS inspector general found that in early 2004, department officials...

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High and Dry

May 15, 2007 One Arkansas town is not buying FEMA's makeover. Don't try telling the residents of Dumas, Ark., about the "new and improved" Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's makeover after Hurricane Katrina has not gone over particularly well in this rural countryside. On Feb. 24, 2007, a pair of tornadoes wreaked havoc...

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Overcoming Katrina

May 15, 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its contracting problems are solved- the next huge disaster will be the true test. For nearly two years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has resembled a punch-drunk prizefighter, withstanding a ferocious barrage of testy congressional hearings, negative auditors' reports and unflattering media investigations. The...

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Cleaning Up Contracts

May 1, 2007 Industry groups doubt Rep. Henry Waxman's reform bill will have much impact. No one is likely to accuse Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., of the delays and inaction that plagued last year's Congress. Take, for example, a three-day span in mid-March. Tucked neatly among the passage of four of his good...

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Rogue Employers

May 1, 2007 Contractors could pay a steep price for hiring illegal immigrants. In March, Homeland Security Department officials raided a New Bedford, Mass., textile plant and arrested hundreds of illegal workers along with the plant's owner and three managers, citing sweatshop conditions and "egregious hiring practices," including the employment of more than...

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Auditors raise more questions about FEMA trailer contracts

April 24, 2007 In the months following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, lucrative contracts to maintain and later deactivate thousands of temporary homes were awarded to companies in questionable financial standing, according new report from the Homeland Security Department's inspector general. In reviewing 36 contracts, investigators found that Federal Emergency Management Agency acquisition officials...

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Worth Fighting For

April 15, 2007 With lucrative deals on the line, companies more often are protesting contract awards and winning. An increasing number of companies have turned to the Government Accountability Office for a second opinion on contract awards. And while the bulk of these protests are dismissed for procedural reasons, companies are experiencing a...

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New NASA tech contracts are a boon for small firms

March 30, 2007 Small and veteran-owned businesses were some of the big winners Thursday as NASA awarded 45 governmentwide information technology contracts to 37 prime vendors. The fourth set of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts under the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) vehicle went to 23 small businesses, six of which are owned...

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NASA to unveil tech contract with new name, fee structure

March 21, 2007 When NASA launches its updated governmentwide information technology contracting vehicle in the coming days, it will do so with a new name and a revamped fee structure. The new SEWP IV contracts will offer federal customers the same IT products but at a reduced cost, said Joanne Woytek, program manager...