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  • Breaking: Special Ops Contractors & Former Navy SEALS Deploying to #Ferguson

    08/20/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Asymmetric Solutions is a Division of Applied Defense Technologies. The St. Louis-based company is staffed by combat experienced SpecOps vets, including: Army Green Berets, Army Delta, Navy SEALs, SEAL 6, and Agency SOF. The company offers a real-world training environment with exceptional instructors on self defense from criminal violence.On Tuesday Assymetric Solutions tweeted out that they were being deployed to Ferguson, Missouri.
  • U.S. companies pulling contractors from Iraqi bases as security crumbles

    06/13/2014 12:15:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The crisis in Iraq has prompted U.S. contractors with personnel there to evacuate them from areas near Baghdad that are increasingly in the line of fire as insurgent fighters capture more territory with the apparent end goal of seizing the Iraqi capital. The individuals are being “temporarily relocated by their companies due to security concerns in the area,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Thursday evening. The individuals involved include U.S. citizens who are currently working under contract with Iraq’s central government in support of the Pentagon’s foreign weapons sales program. [....] On Thursday, the electronics giant...
  • 200 U.S. contractors surrounded by jihadists in Iraq

    06/13/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 185 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6-13-2014 | Corsi
    About 200 Americans under contract with the Department of Defense at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq are trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad, according to WND sources. The sources, private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq, said Friday their former colleagues effectively have been abandoned by the U.S. military and are fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. contractors are at Balad to help the...
  • Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Faces Possible Delay of Up to Six Weeks

    05/02/2014 7:22:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-2-14 | Daniel Stacey & Jason Ng
    <p>SYDNEY—The search for Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU 0.00% Flight 370 might be delayed up to six weeks by negotiations with civilian contractors that have equipment that can scan deep trenches in the southern Indian Ocean, according to a person familiar with the investigation.</p>
  • Sheriff Mack: federal snipers at Bundy ranch are mercenaries, hit men

    04/18/2014 6:26:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 92 replies
    DC clothesline ^ | Apr 18, 2014
    Sheriff Mack: federal snipers at Bundy ranch are mercenaries, hit men Posted on April 18, 2014 by Dr. Eowyn BLM-snipers-outside-of-Bundy-Ranch In an interview with TPN’s Dylan Scott Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Richard Mack, former Arizona county sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), said: “One of our CSPOA members who was there earlier and got there before I did was phoning me and telling me that they were going to be killed. The federal snipers, several of them — I don’t know if you know this — but they were paid mercenaries. They’re contractors. They’re...
  • Obama imposes his policies directly on federal contractors, in 'year of action'

    04/06/2014 1:23:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2014 | AP
    President Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors. This week, he will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage "gag rules" is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass. In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race....
  • UGH: Obama admin forcing federal contractors to hire 7% disabled workers or face penalties

    03/20/2014 6:04:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/20/14 | staff
    Another ridiculous regulation coming down from the Obama administration, basically telling federal contractors if they want to keep getting federal contracts then they must ensure that 7% of their workforce have a disability, which means these companies will be required to ask about this when hiring. WSJ – U.S. regulations are coming into effect next week that will require federal contractors to ask their employees if they have a disability, the WSJ reports. A group of employers that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., among some 40,000 others, will be compelled to ask about employees’ disabilities for the...
  • Some details still fuzzy on Obama’s minimum wage for federal contractors (Who pays for that?)

    02/13/2014 3:22:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Ben Wolfgang
    **SNIP** The order will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and each new federal contract thereafter will have to comply with the new wage requirement. With that in mind, Mr. Perez said the number of contractors benefiting will rise over time. “Some will benefit year one. More will benefit year two. Even more will benefit year three,” he said, but added more calculations are necessary to determine how many workers will be affected. Also, the labor secretary insisted the order won’t bust budgets even though some federal contractors will be taking home bigger paychecks.
  • It’s a Very Merry Christmas for Washington’s Parasite Class

    12/24/2013 8:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are...
  • Issa to Sebelius: Telling Contractors to Stonewall Congress Is 'Criminal Obstruction'

    12/11/2013 5:04:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | Breitbart News
    On Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, angrily telling her that HHS’ attempts to block contractors from giving information to Congress on Obamacare was a violation of law. On December 6, HHS told Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. not to give information to the Oversight Committee, stating, “If you receive a request for this information from Congress, CMS will respond directly to the requestor[.]”
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro - Opening Statement - Obamacare Hype - ' The Land Of Oz ' Lies!

    11/02/2013 6:55:54 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfiAzBwhrVM ^ | November 2, 2013 | You Tube
    Judge Jeanine Pirro - Opening Statement - Obamacare Hype - ' The Land Of Oz ' Lies!
  • Pitiful: Sebelius to blame contractors, not HHS, for Healthcare.gov problems in House testimony

    10/29/2013 3:36:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/29/13 | Allahpundit
    Not only is this an egregious understatement of her own culpability, it’s horrible politics. Everyone knows that when a political crisis strikes, the surest way to soothe public/media outrage is with a phony, half-hearted “the buck stops here” statement accepting responsibility. Maybe it’s better this way. Why keep up a pretense of accountability at this point? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tell a House committee tomorrow the site’s botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS, as the contractors suggested. “CMS has a track record of...
  • Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us

    10/23/2013 6:25:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/13 | JENNIFER HABERKORN, JASON MILLMAN and BRETT NORMAN
    The Obamacare website contractors plan to tell Congress on Thursday that they are not to blame for the massive problems at HealthCare.gov and that they completed successful testing before the Oct. 1 launch. But, according to prepared testimony, the four contractors ran into unforeseen problems once open enrollment began. The testimony offers a slight glimpse into the problems that made the website all but unworkable — and warnings that the problems are far from over. Lawmakers are expected to press the four contractors for details on what went wrong and when they – and the White House – knew about...
  • Insurgent attack on Kabul guesthouse for U.S. personnel kills 8

    07/02/2013 1:31:39 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 2, 2013 | Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash
    "Militants launched a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a Kabul guesthouse serving U.S. engineers and military contractors, killing at least eight people" ************snip************** The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent weeks, insurgents have ramped up attacks on both military and civilian targets, with several of the assaults and bombings occurring in the capital. ***********snip****************** A rift between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and officials in Washington has held up the talks. Karzai was angered that the U.S. did not insist that the Taliban renounce violence, communicate directly with the Afghan government and recognize the country’s constitution before being allowed...
  • Why Temp Agencies Are Learning to Love the Affordable Care Act

    06/28/2013 6:41:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    TIME ^ | 06/28/2013 | By Christopher Matthews
    Whatever your opinion of Obamacare, there’s no denying that its full implementation next year presents a major challenge for many businesses across the country. Starting in 2014, firms of more than 50 employees will be required to offer health insurance to their full-time employees — defined as those that work more than 30 hours per week — or pay a penalty. These expenses, along with added costs of complying with the law, will force many businesses to raise prices or reduce profit margins, two things business leaders never enjoy doing. While these mandates will increase costs for many businesses across...
  • Has the IRS Already Seized Your Medical Records?

    05/20/2013 12:14:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 20, 2013 | David Catron
    As gratifying as it was to see the “news” media actually do its job last week when the IRS scandal broke, it was also odd that the coverage focused exclusively on abuses of power relating to various Tea Party and anti-abortion groups. A much scarier IRS story has been virtually ignored by the establishment press. On Wednesday, it was reported that a class-action lawsuit had been filed against a group of IRS agents who, according to the complaint filed by “John Doe Company” in the Southern District of California, “stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans,...
  • Jobs Report Overstated by 123k Because Of Lockheed "Delay" Thanks to Obama Rigging the Report

    11/03/2012 9:47:31 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/03/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate rose from 7.8% to 7.9% for October. The number of unemployed in the US rose from 12,088,000 in September to 12,258,000 in October. An increase of 170,000. The good news is that non farm payrolls increased by +171,000. Bear in mind that these numbers are misleading because Lockheed announced layoffs of 123,000, but was asked by the Obama Administration to delay the layoffs until after the election. So, add 123,000 to the number of unemployed and deduct 123,000 from the NFP jobs created of 171,000. So, the actual increase in...
  • Grayson flees African coup in copter of contractor he criticized (Blackwater saves Grayson's butt)

    02/25/2010 7:51:43 AM PST · by AAABEST · 47 replies · 1,712+ views
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | February 25, 2010 | Scott Powers
    <p>U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, was evacuated last week from the Central African nation of Niger, where he was stranded during a coup, by a military contractor the outspoken congressman has railed against in the past.</p> <p>Grayson was on a House Committee on Science and Technology tour last Thursday when a military coup closed the airport in Niger and then took over the government, violently entering buildings close to the U.S. Embassy compound where he was staying.</p>
  • British firm secured Benghazi consulate contract with little experience

    10/14/2012 8:04:41 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 10/2014 | Damien McElroy, Richard Spencer and Raf Sanchez
    Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that fell outside the State Department's global security contracting system. Blue Mountain, the Camarthen firm that won a $387,000 (£241,000) one year contract from the US State Department to protect the compound in May, sent just one British employee, recruited from the celebrity bodyguard circuit, to oversee the work. The compound was overrun by a mob of Islamic extremists on the morning of September 12 in an apparent planned attack that resulted in the...
  • Major flaws in concrete in Silver Spring transportation project

    01/31/2012 4:59:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 30, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - There are major flaws with the way the concrete was poured in the $101 million Transit Center in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. During a news conference Monday, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner outlined the issues, calling the situation a "serious problem." He also hinted at the possibility of legal action against the contractor. "Specifications for the project called for there to be 10 inches of concrete. The analysis that has been done has shown that for significant portions of the second floor and the third floor, there's only eight and a half inches," Berliner...
  • State Department: U.S. Not ‘Overly Concerned’ About Iraq Detaining ‘A Handful of U.S. Contractors’

    01/18/2012 8:40:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/18/12 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) -- The United States is not “overly concerned” about the Iraqi government detaining a “handful of U.S. contractors” over visas and paperwork, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Tuesday. Back on Jan. 11, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an “emergency warning” for U.S. citizens in Iraq, informing them “not [to] attempt movements about the country in the absence of valid, current permits and paperwork.” On Sunday, Jan. 15, the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), an organization that represents contractors in Iraq, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to intervene regarding...
  • Allentown City Council repeals law requiring contractors to hire union workers for city projects

    12/23/2011 9:12:13 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    The Express-Times ^ | December 22, 2011 | Colin McEvoy
    In light of a lawsuit brought against Allentown by a builders and contractors association, city council voted Wednesday to repeal a previously approved law requiring contractors to hire union workers for major city projects. In December 2010, that same council passed a bill requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements, which would require bidders to hire employees from local unions on projects costing more than $250,000 that receive state or federal support. But that led to a federal lawsuit filed against the city in October by the eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which said the bill...
  • Congress passes modest job-creation bill (aimed at government contractors and veterans)

    11/16/2011 9:40:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/16/11 | Andy Sullivan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare display of cooperation, Republicans and Democrats in Congress overwhelmingly approved a limited jobs bill on Wednesday that would help some veterans find work but otherwise do little to bring down the nation's 9 percent unemployment rate. The bill, aimed at government contractors and veterans, is so far the only piece of President Barack Obama's $447 billion job-creation package to clear Congress. Republicans have lined up behind a contrasting agenda of their own ahead of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. It passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote of 422 to 0....
  • Report: Government spends billions more hiring contractors over public workers

    09/14/2011 7:19:30 PM PDT · by JHL · 29 replies · 1+ views
    cbsnews ^ | September 13, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
    As Washington's use of private contractors grows, the government is paying those contractors billions more than it would pay their government workers to do the same job, according to a new study released Tuesday.. In an attempt to verify frequently made claims that the government can save money by outsourcing its work, the nonprofit Project On Government Oversight (POGO) compared the total annual compensation for federal (and private sector) employees with federal contractor billing rates. The group found that in 33 of the 35 occupational categories it reviewed, federal government employees were less expensive than contractors. On average, the federal...
  • DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug Contracts

    08/10/2011 12:30:18 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | Aug. 10, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug ContractsA privately contracted, five-year global counterdrug program valued upwards of $15 billion is one year away from expiring—and the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) wants to assess the capabilities of potential prime contractors in advance of the August 23, 2012, expiration date. The DoD Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) on Aug. 2 issued a Special Notice (Solicitation # W9113MCNTPO) announcing its intentions to “issue a follow-on procurement” to perpetuate that endeavor. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, on behalf of the CNTPO, in 2007 issued a multiple...
  • Taxpayers on the Hook for Retiree Costs for Federal Contractors

    06/10/2011 10:04:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 10, 2011 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    A surprising new government report shows that taxpayers have been footing the bill for retiree benefits not just for federal workers, but for independent freelance contractors who do work for the government as well. And no one is watching the store to see if your tax dollars are being wasted. Taxpayers for years have been covering private contractors' retiree costs for things like pensions and health care, even though these workers are not on the federal payroll. Taxpayers also cover these retiree costs for contractors' spouses, too, and in some cases if contractors want to retire early (at age 50),...
  • Mpls. gives bad repair advice

    06/08/2011 7:54:59 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies · 1+ views
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 6-8-11 | RANDY FURST
    Until alerted to the problem, city of Minneapolis posted a list of suggested tornado-repair contractors that included 22 that were unlicensed. After warning North Side tornado victims to avoid "unlicensed, unscrupulous contractors," Minneapolis officials failed to take their own advice and circulated a list that included 22 companies that were not licensed to perform home repairs
  • U.S. arms makers said to be bleeding secrets to cyber foes

    06/01/2011 10:08:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    Yahoo | Reuters ^ | 6/1/11 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Pentagon contractors have been bleeding secrets for years as a result of penetrations of their computer networks, current and former national security officials say. The Defense Department, which runs its own worldwide eavesdropping, spying and code-cracking systems, says more than 100 foreign intelligence organizations have been trying to break into U.S. networks. Some of the perpetrators "already have the capacity to disrupt" U.S. information infrastructure, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, who is leading remedial efforts, wrote last fall in the journal Foreign Affairs. Joel Brenner, the National Counterintelligence executive from 2006 to 2009, said most if...
  • Government Contractors Brace for Shutdown (Obama may use SS tax revenues to pay shutdown costs)

    04/05/2011 2:22:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-04-04 | Elizabeth Williamson
    U.S. businesses are bracing for layoffs and disruptions along their supply chains if the federal government shuts down later this week because of an impasse over the federal budget. (snip) Especially hard hit are small and midsized businesses that rely on steady flows of revenue from federal contracts to provide a wide array of products and services such as information technology consulting, building construction and maintenance, or food service at national parks. (snip) Should the government close, the Treasury could provide a several-hundred billion dollar cushion by borrowing from Social Security, federal pensions and other funds, says Gary Hufbauer, a...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • America's New Mercenaries

    12/16/2010 9:31:26 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Beast ^ | 12-15-10 | Tim Shorrock
    As American commanders meet this week for the Afghanistan review, Obama is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush.
  • U.S. Contractors Employed Taliban

    10/08/2010 10:22:42 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/08/10 | Nathan Hodge
    A yearlong investigation by a Senate panel has found evidence that the mostly Afghan force of private security guards the U.S. military depends on to protect supply convoys and bases in Afghanistan is rife with criminals, drug users and insurgents. The Senate Armed Services Committee inquiry, based on interviews with dozens of military commanders and contractors and a review of over 125 Pentagon security contracts, found evidence of "untrained guards, insufficient and unserviceable weapons, unmanned posts" and other failings that put U.S. troops at risk.
  • High-speed rail will move America forward

    10/07/2010 6:09:53 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 129 replies
    Milwaukee Biz Blog ^ | Thursday, October 07, 2010 | Ray LaHood
    With his vigorous support for high-speed rail, President Obama is thinking about a better future. And so is the Department of Transportation. We're moving America forward for all Americans.The bottom line is that high-speed rail will deliver a more efficient downtown-to-downtown mobility; it will spur economic development; it will bring manufacturing jobs to the US; and it will move us to a cleaner, greener way of getting around.In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more grants to help write the next chapter in American innovation.We're talking about nothing short of transforming transportation much the same way the interstate...
  • WaPo Targets Intelligence Contractors, But Lacks Context

    07/23/2010 5:49:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2010 | Elise Cooper
    This week's series of three Washington Post articles  on American intelligence operations tried to create a controversy that does not exist. In parts two and three the issue of contractors used by the intelligence community was explored.  However, many of the stated facts were very misleading.  Those interviewed felt that contractors are a necessary part of America's national security and resent the argument of the Post that the CIA is too dependent on them. Former acting CIA Director, John McLaughlin, commented on C-SPAN that one of the articles was written out of context.  The article never explained that in the 1990's,...
  • Government Takes Over to Keep High Speed Rail on Track

    07/09/2010 5:50:18 AM PDT · by Leisler · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Tiawan Economic News ^ | /09/28/2009 | staff
    The government takeover is expected to facilitate the refinancing of THSRC`s huge NT$390 billion (US$11.8 billion at NT$33:US$1) debt by a consortium headed by the state-run Bank of Taiwan. The refinancing program will bring crucial financial relief in the form of a lower interest rate and extended repayment period. The bankruptcy of the company would force the government to appropriate some NT$300 billion (US$9.1 billion) to buy it out. Without the refinancing program, THSRC would become insolvent in November, when it will have to start repaying the principal of its loans. That will cost it another NT$1.5 billion a month,...
  • U. S. Contractors Bribing Afghan Taliban for Safe Passage

    06/25/2010 6:35:30 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21 2010
    rivate security contractors protecting the convoys that supply U.S. military bases in Afghanistan are paying millions of dollars a week in “passage bribes” to the Taliban and other insurgent groups to travel along Afghan roads, a congressional investigation released Monday has found. The alleged payments, which are reimbursed by the U.S. government, help fund the very enemy the U.S. is attempting to defeat and renew questions about the U.S. dependence on private contractors, who outnumber American troops in Afghanistan, 130,000 to 93,000. The report's author called the findings of the six-month investigation “sobering and shocking.” “This arrangement has fueled a...
  • Pennsylvania To Benefit Economically If U.S. Invests In Public Transit

    06/25/2010 3:33:50 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 74 replies
    Logistics Online ^ | June 25, 2010
    Duke University analysis of U.S. rail manufacturing shows that Pennsylvania has 26 rail manufacturing facilities, from Pittsburgh to PhiladelphiaThe U.S. rail manufacturing industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years, as Amtrak upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains, and as lawmakers consider a transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared for the Apollo Alliance. Pennsylvania, which is home to 26 rail-manufacturing facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major benefits from such a bill. "Our research found that...
  • Somalia Clashes Kills 11, Five Headless Bodies Found

    04/23/2010 12:00:20 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 460+ views
    (REUTERS) via WASHINGTON POST.com ^ | April 21, 2010, 8:15 am | By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Guled
    "Somalia clashes kills 11, five headless bodies found" By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Guled Reuters Wednesday, April 21, 2010; 8:15 AM SNIPPET: "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The beheaded bodies of five builders have been found in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and at least 11 people were killed in fighting in the central region, residents and moderate militia fighters said Wednesday. Mogadishu residents said they suspected al Shabaab militants executed the builders for helping to construct Somalia's new parliament, an institution seen by the insurgents as home to stooges of the West." SNIPPET: ""We have seen five beheaded men," one resident who gave...
  • Paint certification rule roils ranks of contractors (EPA)

    04/16/2010 4:19:29 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 7 replies · 555+ views
    2theadvocate.com ^ | 04/16/10 | GERARD SHIELDS
    WASHINGTON – Louisiana renovators such as plumbers, electricians, painters and window installers are scrambling to meet a new federal rule that goes into effect next week and requires them to get certified to handle lead paint. Contractors nationwide have complained about the lack of trainers provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the certification. The new standard, aimed at reducing the impact of lead paint on children, affects projects in homes built before 1978. Louisiana seems to be ahead of other states in getting ready for the Thursday deadline. But the new EPA rule could mean that projects for...
  • US lawmakers push to phase out wartime contractors

    02/22/2010 1:19:46 PM PST · by AAABEST · 13 replies · 449+ views
    AFP ^ | February 22, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Two lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would force the United States to phase out its controversial use of private security contractors in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwater contractors in Iraq in 2005 Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said they planned to introduce the "Stop Outsourcing Security Act" on Tuesday. "The legislation would restore the responsibility of the American military to train troops and police, guard convoys, repair weapons, administer military prisons, and perform military intelligence," their offices said. "The bill also would require that all diplomatic security be undertaken by US government...
  • U.S. Cracks Down on ‘Contractors’ as a Tax Dodge

    02/17/2010 6:19:11 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies · 1,943+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Steven Greenhouse
    Federal and state officials, many facing record budget deficits, are starting to aggressively pursue companies that try to pass off regular employees as independent contractors. President Obama’s 2010 budget assumes that the federal crackdown will yield at least $7 billion over 10 years. More than two dozen states also have stepped up enforcement, often by enacting stricter penalties for misclassifying workers. Many workplace experts say a growing number of companies have maneuvered to cut costs by wrongly classifying regular employees as independent contractors, though they often are given desks, phone lines and assignments just like regular employees. Moreover, the experts...
  • BOOK REVIEW: A (flawed) case against contractors

    12/22/2009 9:13:42 AM PST · by R4Roger05 · 2 replies · 251+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2009 | Roger Lott
    "The private sector is not the solution to bad government; the private sector makes government bad." Ms. Wedel mourns the "emasculation" of the government due to the increased role of contractors, for which she blames former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "Gone are the days when government contractors primarily provided services such as printing, serving food, or landscaping," says Ms. Wedel, who apparently thinks the private sector isn't worthy of anything more important than mowing the White House lawn. If there's a chance the contractors may influence public policy, it's off-limits, she argues. This includes military...
  • Obama takes aim at government overspending (Contractors and government contracts cut back proposed)

    12/21/2009 1:10:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,121+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday touted a plan to cut back on wasteful spending on federal government contractors, a plan he said is on track to save 40 billion dollars per year by 2011. "Between 2002 and 2008, the amount spent on government contracts more than doubled. The amount spent on no-bid, non-competitive contracts jumped by 129 percent. This is an inexcusable waste of money," Obama said. Shortly after taking office in January, Obama set a goal for federal agencies to save up to 40 billion dollars per year in contracting costs by 2011. Since then, "24...
  • Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    12/17/2009 4:11:33 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies · 402+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/17/09 | Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- Congress is launching a broad-ranging investigation into possible waste, misuse and corruption tied to billions of taxpayer dollars used to support private military contractors in Afghanistan. Among the questions being raised is whether money provided in a nearly $2.2 billion trucking contract in the war-torn country went to pay off local warlords and the Taliban. The investigation comes as the Obama administration begins deploying another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. The White House has requested more than $70 billion to fund the war in fiscal year 2010, according to a Senate subcommittee memo. "Serious allegations have been brought...
  • Sacramento deputies union sues county over layoffs, job replacements

    11/24/2009 12:32:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 585+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/24/9 | Robert Lewis
    The Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff's Association is suing the county for laying off security workers and replacing them with employees from a private security company. The lawsuit, filed this month, alleges that the county's decision to hire Inter-Con Security Services to guard Department of Human Assistance facilities in place of Sheriff's Department employees violates county rules regulating outsourcing. "You cannot lay off a county employee of any type and backfill behind them with … a private contractor," said Kevin Mickelson, the union president. "Next thing you know, they're going to be laying off sheriff's deputies and hiring a security company...
  • ACORN rule to affect defense contractos

    09/24/2009 1:36:45 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/24/2009 | rstrahan
    Defense contractors are complaining that the ACORN defunding act will affect them...if they've been convicted of wrongdoing. Well, WAH!
  • No Respect (Oliver North)

    08/28/2009 4:02:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 780+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2009 | Oliver North
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- It is amazing how a change of geography can alter perception. In the weeks leading up to this, my 16th Fox News deployment to cover the fight against radical Islamic terror, the news was full of attacks on civilian contractors. The target: those who have been providing support for U.S. military and intelligence operations since Sept. 11. "Contractor" is the new "dirty word" in the so-called mainstream media -- and in Washington. On Capitol Hill, contractors are the Rodney Dangerfields of the war -- they just "get no respect." Here, where the war is being fought, contractors...
  • NYTimes Puts American Lives at Risk, Again

    08/21/2009 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 2,154+ views
    The Weekly Standard ( Blog ) ^ | August 21, 2009 11:01 AM | Michael Goldfarb
    The New York Times reveals the awful truth about the secret air war against high value al Qaeda targets in Pakistan -- the drones are being armed by evil government contractors. And while the paper felt comfortable suppressing any news of the capture and confinement of one of its own reporters earlier this year, it shows no compunction in revealing the secret location of the base from which these drones are launched: The C.I.A. has for several years operated Predator drones out of a remote base in Shamsi, Pakistan, but has secretly added a second site at an air base...
  • Baptist ministers challenge Cincinnati school hiring

    05/19/2009 7:43:31 AM PDT · by staytrue · 9 replies · 292+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:30 AM
    CINCINNATI -- Some church leaders in Cincinnati say they will oppose any school levy unless more black contractors are hired on school building projects.
  • Audit targets safety at SRS

    05/04/2009 5:48:35 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 206+ views
    Aiken Standard ^ | 5/4/2009 | MIKE GELLATLY
    Failures in quality assurance at the Savannah Rive Site cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and could cause injury to workers and the public and allow spills of thousands of gallons of high-level radioactive waste, according to an audit report. The report, released last week by the inspector general of the Department of Energy, stated that SRS contractors repeatedly procured dangerous construction materials and components that failed to meet federal safety standards. The report specifically names Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) and MOX Services; most failures in the report relate to lower-tier vendors not following guidelines.