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    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • Bill would ask state contractors: Are you gay or lesbian?

    04/30/2012 7:53:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/30/12 | Jim Sanders
    For the first time, California would ask its contractors if they are gay under legislation passed Monday by the Assembly. The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. It would not require them to do so. The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it. The Department of General Services currently is required to collect data on contractors by race, ethnicity and gender. AB 1960 would add LGBT-owned businesses to that list. The bill by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson seeks...
  • How could a contracting scam avoid detection for so long? (most brazen in government history)

    01/07/2012 6:28:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/11 | Del Quentin Wilber, Robert O’Harrow
    How could a contracting scam avoid detection for so long?By Del Quentin Wilber and Robert O’Harrow The private contractors and government employees skimmed millions from the Army Corps of Engineers in what authorities have described as one of the most brazen contracting scams in federal government history. From 2007 through September, the contractors and two program managers at the Army Corps inflated $25 million in contract orders by $20 million — pocketing the proceeds to buy cars, flat-screen televisions and expensive jewelry, federal prosecutors allege. So where was the oversight? And how did the scam go on for so long?...
  • Government dollars fuel wealth: D.C. enclaves reap rewards of contracting boom

    08/16/2011 6:10:57 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2011 | Annie Gowen
    Millions of dollars worth of federal contracts transformed Anita Talwar from a government accounting clerk into a wealthy woman — one who can afford a $2.8 million home in the Washington suburbs with its own elevator, wine cellar and Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Talwar, a 59-year-old immigrant from India, had no idea that she and her husband would amass a small fortune when she launched a company providing tech support to the federal government in 1987. But she shrewdly took advantage of programs for minority-owned small businesses and rode a boom in federal contracting. Talwar’s success — and that of hundreds...
  • Political Procurement

    05/12/2011 7:16:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 12, 2011 | Staff
    Government: Under the guise of rooting out Chicago-style political corruption from government contracting, President Obama seems intent on signing an executive order that would enshrine it. Last month, the White House drafted an order that would require any company bidding on a federal contract to disclose not only its company donations to federal candidates going back two years, but those of its directors and officers as well. It would also force these firms to disclose contributions to independent groups that might spend some of the money on campaign ads. And it would warehouse all this data in a searchable government...
  • 'Social justice' in contracts costs S.F. millions

    05/10/2011 6:03:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2011 | John Coté
    San Francisco's much-heralded "social justice" requirements for city contracts are costing local taxpayers millions of dollars a year in overcharges, according to workers in departments ranging from the Municipal Transportation Agency to the Department of Emergency Management. In one case, a Muni worker said the city paid $3,000 for a vehicle battery tray. Such parts can be found online for $12 to $300, depending on the type of vehicle. City officials said they couldn't verify that purchase, saying the trays are usually bought in bulk with the battery. Other city purchasing policies, if followed, would mean paying about $240 for...
  • Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues...

    02/23/2010 7:05:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 335+ views NOTE: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry to Begin March 12 in Iowa Initial Workshop to Be Held in Ankeny, Iowa, at Des Moines Area Community College, FFA Enrichment Center WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, which will be held on March 12, 2010, in Ankeny, Iowa, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture...
  • DoD Mgt Needed to Overcome Challenges with Services Contracts & Weapon Systems Acquisitions

    07/06/2009 8:20:56 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 5 replies · 251+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | July 6 | LuckyBogey
    DOD’s major weapon systems programs continue to take longer to develop, cost more, and deliver fewer quantities and capabilities than originally planned. DOD also continues to face long-standing challenges managing service contracts and contractors. For example, the oversight of service contracts has been recognized as a material weakness in the Army... Several underlying systemic problems at the strategic level and at the program level continue to contribute to poor weapon systems acquisition. The total acquisition cost of DOD’s 2007 portfolio of major programs has grown by 26 percent over initial estimates... DOD largely continues to define warfighting needs and make...
  • I want to become a defense contractor (how)vanity

    06/30/2009 1:10:21 PM PDT · by Corinthian Warrior · 36 replies · 3,067+ views
    I want to start a defense contracting company. I have expertise in education and training, in addition, I am a former US Marine and a former magazine editor. I want to help the armed forces produce high quality curriculums for both officers and enlisted. I have a few questions about going about this. A) Do I need security clearance just to place a bid to do contract work with the military? B) Some companies check out your finances to get a picture of your competence as a potential business manager. I know that they check your finances for the security...
  • Obama, McCain join forces on govt contract changes [targets defense contractors]

    03/04/2009 11:08:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 817+ views
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2009-03-04 | Xuan Thai
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – With former presidential rival Sen. John McCain and other congressional critics of government waste by his side, President Barack Obama changed another Bush-era policy Wednesday, announcing a plan to change how the government awards private sector contracts. “It’s time for a government that only invests in what works,” Obama said when calling for new spending guidelines. “And what’s encouraging is that there is broad, bipartisan consensus on behalf of reform.” Obama reserved special criticism for defense contractors, saying that the majority of the waste “comes from influence peddling and indefensible no-bid contracts that have cost American taxpayers...
  • Big Dig" collapse a blow to urban dream

    07/18/2006 12:39:19 PM PDT · by libstripper · 55 replies · 1,629+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2006 | Jason Szep
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's $15 billion "Big Dig" was meant to inspire awe, an engineering marvel on scale with the Panama Canal that would thrust U.S. cities into a new era. ADVERTISEMENT Instead, it faces a crisis of public confidence after a fatal tunnel collapse that could derail plans for other U.S. urban mega-projects. With 7.5 miles of underground highway and a 183-foot (56 meter) wide cable-stayed bridge, the Big Dig replaced an ailing elevated expressway to fix chronic congestion and reunite downtown Boston with its historic waterfront neighborhoods. But cost overruns, leaks, delays, falling debris, criminal probes and charges...
  • Audit: Poor Oversight of Gov't Contracting

    04/11/2006 1:13:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/06 | Hope Yen - ap
    WASHINGTON - From Iraq reconstruction to Hurricane Katrina, poor contracting oversight enables Alaska Native corporations to capitalize on multimillion-dollar no-bid deals at a potential cost to taxpayers and small businesses, a federal audit says. A report by the Government Accountability Office, obtained Tuesday, indicates gaps in the overseeing of federal contracts, which have boomed in recent years in part due to provisions backed by Sen. Ted Stevens (news, bio, voting record), R-Alaska. The review of 16 no-bid contracts found that administration agencies routinely picked Alaskan firms — which can be designated legally as "small and disadvantaged," regardless of their size...
  • Afghan Vendors Post Impressive Gains in Contracting

    03/14/2006 4:50:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 160+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, March 14, 2006 – Afghan vendors won 84 percent of contracts awarded by the U.S. military's regional contracting centers in February, up from 55 percent in October, military officials here reported. Their gains in contract values were even more impressive, to 81 percent in January from 31 percent in October, they added. Coalition officials attributed the gains to efforts emphasizing Afghan businesses, changes in contract solicitation language and efforts to educate Afghan vendors on how to compete for U.S. military contracts. Such contracts involve office furniture and supplies, construction materials and work, hauling, interpreting and other products and...
  • IL: Chicago businessman gets 10 years in fraud (long-time Daley family supporter)

    05/18/2005 5:41:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 468+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/18/05 | Mike Robinson - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - A politically connected businessman who admitted lying to get $120 million in city contracts set aside for companies operated by women and minorities was sentenced Wednesday to almost 10 years in federal prison. James Duff, 46, whose family has been prominent among Mayor Richard M. Daley's supporters, sat expressionless as Judge Elaine E. Bucklo described him as a bully who contributed to an impression that corruption is widespread in Chicago. "The public needs to know that corruption and fraud against the city will not be dealt with by a slap on the wrist," Bucklo said in imposing...
  • Advice on Contracting

    05/12/2005 9:28:04 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 13 replies · 310+ views
    12 May 2005 | <self>
    I would like some advice on my rights as a contractor. I have been doing contract work based on a verbal contract for the last year for a small company. At the present time, we are completing a project. They have paid me for overtime according to my rate, but have not provided any vacation time. The CEO says they have given me vacation on the basis that one week I was not able to work due to connectivity issues (everyone else was gone) - nonethess I was asked to work, ready to work each day either remotely or on...
  • Advice on Contracting

    05/12/2005 9:25:28 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 43 replies · 402+ views
    Self | 12 May 2005 | <self>
    I would like some advice on my rights as a contractor. I have been doing contract work based on a verbal contract for the last year for a small company. At the present time, we are completing a project. They have paid me for overtime according to my rate, but have not provided any vacation time. The CEO says they have given me vacation on the basis that one week I was not able to work due to connectivity issues (everyone else was gone) - nonethess I was asked to work, ready to work each day either remotely or on...
  • Iran, U.S. Navy focusing on core government functions

    11/22/2004 1:29:55 PM PST · by truth49 · 3 replies · 298+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 11-22-04 | Jason Mercier
    It's highly unusual to see Iran and the U.S. Navy being praised in the same sentence, but both are undertaking reforms by first focusing on core functions. Iran looks to the free-market Following the Islamic revolution of 1979, Article 44 was added to that country's constitution; it reads in part: "The economy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to consist of three sectors: state, cooperative, and private, and is to be based on systematic and sound planning. The state sector is to include all large-scale and mother industries, foreign trade, major minerals, banking, insurance, power generation, dams, and large-scale...
  • Forest Plan Involves Timber Co. Contracts

    03/08/2003 3:36:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 299+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/8/03 | Matthew Daly - AP
    Forest Plan Involves Timber Co. Contracts Sat Mar 8, 8:53 AM ET By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is confident it has found a novel, inexpensive way to clear overgrown forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires. Critics say it's a blatant giveaway to timber companies. The plan, approved last month as part of a giant spending bill, allows logging companies to cut large, commercially valuable trees in national forests in exchange for clearing smaller, more fire-prone trees and brush. Known as "stewardship contracting," the approach allows the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (news...
  • DoD Buying Rule Will Cripple Contracting

    05/22/2002 11:06:03 AM PDT · by Magnum44 · 172+ views
    Federal Times | May 20, 2002
    Federal Times May 20, 2002 Pg. 1 DoD Buying Rule ‘Will Cripple’ Contracting Many Defense Department contracting officers are warning that a proposed procurement rule will bog down the depart-ment’s $60 billion-a-year-plus procurement operation. "I believe the [proposed rule] will cripple the contracting process in our organization," wrote Leticia Walton, a contract-ing official at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, in comments posted on a DoD Web site. "Requiring our organization to primarily compete most of our orders will hamper us from meeting our milestones of obligation." The proposed rule would require Defense Department procurement officials to take extra steps when...