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  • Problems with Whittier Bridge project

    05/12/2017 10:39:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | May 4, 2017 | Jim Sullivan
    AMESBURY — A recent quality inspection of the $300 million John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge replacement project turned up evidence of substandard work – for the second time – that could push back the project’s estimated late summer/early fall completion date. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation began work to demolish the 62-year-old Interstate 95 bridge over the Merrimack River and replace it with separate northbound and southbound bridges in 2013. While the northbound bridge was completed in 2015, quality inspectors for MassDOT recently found that concrete poured for a pier cap on the southbound bridge by an unnamed contractor did not...
  • Tollway puts $4 million toward increasing contractor diversity

    04/10/2017 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | March 23, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Illinois tollway directors agreed Thursday to spend up to $4 million to assist minority-, women- and veteran-owned construction companies that are seeking work with the agency. The funds will be distributed among seven entities including the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Training ranges from basics such as explaining the technicalities of bidding for a contract and obtaining financing to advanced classes in estimating the cost of a job or managing a business. The program will be evaluated based on the number of businesses served and successful bids, among other...
  • Trump's budget could plunge nation's capital into recession

    04/01/2017 5:29:23 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 138 replies
    While many of the targeted federal agencies have offices outside Washington, Trump's dream budget would hit the region disproportionately, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk. The cuts would be felt throughout the city, with fewer people riding the already-beleaguered Metro subway or eating at restaurants. It would also hurt Washington's already-shaky market for office space. Economist Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, who has studied the regional economy for decades, estimated 20,000-24,000 federal employees and 10,000 federal contractors would lose their jobs under Trump's proposal. That equates to 5 percent of federal workers in the region. With those...
  • How big government hides its enormous growth

    02/28/2017 3:01:29 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 26, 2017 | George F. Will
    So, since 1960, federal spending, adjusted for inflation, has quintupled and federal undertakings have multiplied like dandelions, but the federal civilian workforce has expanded only negligibly, to approximately what it was when Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952. Does this mean that “big government” is not really big? And that by doing much more with not many more employees it has accomplished prodigies of per-worker productivity? John J. Dilulio Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania and the Brookings Institution, says: Hardly. Since 1960, the number of state and local government employees has tripled to more than 18 million, a growth...
  • Oroville Dam sees turnover with private contractors

    02/18/2017 8:14:25 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 37 replies
    ABC10, KXTV ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Staff
    Private contractors at the Oroville Dam have had to fire some of their workforce because of issues ranging from positive drug tests to violating the state's Department of Water Resources' social media policy. There has also been turnover because of unqualified workers. Private contractors hired to work on the dam have to vet their own employees, according to DWR spokesman Chris Orrock, who noted that no state employees have been let go because of these reasons. Crews are being brought in as needed, as space is tight, DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle said.
  • Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Immigrants

    01/29/2017 9:33:45 AM PST · by Colorado Doug · 35 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | JAN. 29, 2017 | LAURIE GOODSTEINJAN
    I don't want to quote the Slimes, in part because of excerpt rules but also because it's just fake news. Click the link if you must but wash up afterwards. In the linked article, every single "Christian Leader" is nothing more than a paid "refugee" resettlement contractor. They make lots of money by bringing in immigrants. The government funded United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who received almost eighty million tax dollars in 2014. Church World Service, who according to Charity watch receives over 50% of their funding from the government. Finally, they cite World Relief which is also listed...
  • Booz Allen Reviewing Security After Arrest Of NSA Contractor

    10/28/2016 6:05:31 AM PDT · by tekrat · 10 replies
    One America News Network ^ | 10/28/2016 | Dustin Volz
    Booz Allen Hamilton said on Thursday it had hired a former FBI chief to conduct an external review of its security practices, after the consulting firm learned for the second time in three years that an employee working under contract with the National Security Agency had been charged with stealing classified information. Booz Allen, which earns billions of dollars a year contracting with U.S. intelligence agencies, has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks after authorities took Harold Thomas Martin into custody. The firm also employed Edward Snowden, who leaked a trove of secret files to news organizations in 2013...
  • Email shows Secretary Clinton helped Joe Wilson get government contracts

    01/12/2016 9:36:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2016 | Rick Moran
    Getting lucrative government contracts is easy – if you know the right people.  And in the case of former ambassador Joe Wilson, husband of former CIA officer Valerie Plame, it was Hillary Clinton who greased the skids so that government contracts could go to business associates and friends. Is this really in the job description of the secretary of state? Daily Caller: Wilson’s requests for help — on behalf of an American engineering contractor he consulted for called Symbion Power — is a recurring theme in each monthly Clinton email dump. The latest two batches of records are no different....
  • Time to Arrest Hillary

    07/16/2015 2:17:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 7-16-15 | Joseph Klein
    Clinton's secret arms dealing -- and how it led to disaster in Libya. Hillary Clinton led the charge in the Obama administration to go to war in Libya. Her objective was to overthrow the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Not one to be deterred by opponents in the Pentagon and Congress to her reckless interventionist plans, Hillary decided to end-run them. Her State Department helped facilitate what Andrew P. Napolitano in his scathing article has called “Hillary’s secret war.” When the secret war began to backfire, as arms ended up in the hands of anti-American jihadists, Hillary Clinton and other...
  • Clinton’s Emails: A Criminal Charge Is Justified (Michael Mukasey)

    01/22/2016 5:14:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Michael B. Mukasey
    The current news, reported in the Journal and elsewhere, is that her server contained information at the highest level of classification, known as SAP, or Special Access Program. This is a level so high that even the inspector general for the intelligence community who reported the discovery did not initially have clearance to examine it. The server also contained messages showing her contempt for classification procedures. This was bred at least in part by obvious familiarity with exactly "how it works"--such as when, an email shows, she directed a staff member simply to erase the heading on a classified document,...
  • Man Sues Indiana, Road Contractors After Wife Killed When Car Drove Off Cline Avenue Bridge

    05/14/2016 11:51:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 11, 2016 | Steve Miller
    (CBS) — A Chicago man is suing the state of Indiana and its road building contractors blaming them for a fiery accident on the Cline Avenue Bridge that killed his wife 14 months ago. It was March of last year when Iftikhar Hussain and his wife were driving from Chicago to West Lafayette, Indiana. Hussain’s attorney Timothy Schafer says the couple took the Indiana Toll Road and then the Cline Avenue exit, following the GPS in their Nissan Sentra. Schafer says even though the road was closed because the bridge ahead was demolished, the barricades had been removed and the...
  • The Sharing Economy Is Not Ready For Hillary

    03/21/2016 9:37:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Dennis Cakert
    The 2016 presidential election will determine the fate of the sharing economy. Donald Trump has yet to voice his opinion, but other candidates have made their positions clear. Hillary Clinton promises a regulatory shake down and GOP candidate Ted Cruz promises to leave it alone. Hillary thinks the sharing economy is “raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” In her economic policy address, she said she will “crack down” on independent contractors. That would be a big mistake. The independent contractor designation is the backbone of the sharing economy. It...
  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Abu Ghraib Inmates Claiming War Crimes Violations

    06/27/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Lee Ross
    Seven years after the release of shocking images of tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Supreme Court has turned back the appeal of 26 inmates from that infamous facility who wanted to sue two military contractors for damages. The military's official investigation revealed "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" committed by military personnel and civilian contractors who provided support services at the prison. More than two dozen soldiers were reprimanded or court-martialed for their conduct. But those who were tortured want to sue two firms that hired the civilians who helped the military with...
  • 3 American contractors missing in Iraq

    01/18/2016 6:38:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2016
    Three American contractors are missing in Iraq, a senior security official in Baghdad says. "A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing. ... They are American contractors. We are looking into this report," the official told CNN. Separately, an Iraqi security official with knowledge of the case said that two of the contractors are dual Iraqi-American citizens and that the third is an American national. Gunmen grabbed the men at an apartment in Baghdad's southeastern Dora neighborhood late Friday afternoon, the source said.
  • Deployment fail: US special ops forces arrive in Libya, immediately told to leave

    12/17/2015 10:23:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 18th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Libya’s air force said in a Facebook post that 20 US commandoes arrived at Wattiya airbase and disembarked “in combat readiness,” only to be told to leave. Pentagon sources confirmed the US had sent a special forces unit to Libya as part of a mission. The Libyan Air Force said the 20 soldiers arrived at the airbase on Monday, but left soon after local commanders asked them to go because they had no right to be at the base “without prior coordination with protection force base.” The Libyan air force published a Facebook post on Wednesday which included photographs of...
  • Meet the 90-Year-Old Saudi Who Lives in a 'Stone Age' Home Dream Is to Have Fridge and Heater

    07/15/2015 11:10:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Mohammed Abdullah Ahmed of Saudi Arabia is more than 90-years old. He lives in a shabby randomly-built little house on the edge of a small remote village. “Ahmed’s home indicates as if we are still in the Stone Age,” the Arabic language daily 'Sabq' said, adding that its reporter visited the man at his primitive home on the fringes of the village near the Western Red Sea port of Al Qunfudah. “His home has no electricity. He suffers from cold in winter and from the scorching heat in summer. He lives in the dark away from people as he has...
  • Blackwater verdict: Slatten gets life in prison; 3 others sentenced to 30 years

    04/13/2015 3:12:02 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 13, 2015 | SAM HANANEL
    A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Slatten, who witnesses said was the first to fire shots in the incident, to life on a charge of first-degree murder. The three other guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were each sentenced...
  • As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow

    12/24/2014 8:26:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:17am EST | WARREN STROBEL AND PHIL STEWART
    The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to back Islamic State militants threatening the "Baghdad government".
  • Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai

    09/06/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri September 5, 2014 | mon Prokupecz, Elise Labott and Barbara Starr
    A plane carrying Americans was forced to land in Iran by the Iranian Air Force. It was allowed to leave early Saturday. It isn't known if all are still aboard. Link only.(Excerpt) "A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, took off early Saturday from Iran, hours after its pilots were ordered to land because the flight plan was out of date, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said."
  • NASA’s Contractors

    09/19/2014 9:44:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Taylor Dinerman
    Boeing has walked away with the biggest share ($4.2 billion) of the money, as its design was further along than that of the SpaceX proposal and, in the opinion of NASA’s leadership, has the best chance of meeting the schedule. At first glance this looks wrong, because SpaceX is already flying its unmanned Dragon 1 on supply missions to the International Space Station, fulfilling its part of one of the original COTS contracts. While a manned version of the Dragon 1 was certainly possible, Elon Musk and the team at SpaceX chose instead to develop something far more ambitious. The...