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Corruption investigations in Iraq, Afghanistan on the rise

Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, discusses why alleged fraud cases seems to be increasing in the war zones.

Tags: Stuart Bowen , Iraq , Afghanistan , inspector general , corruption , accountability , Federal Drive , contracting

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 10:26am EST
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GAO: Weaknesses in federal financial management

GAO's Bob Dacey explains why the agency could not issue an opinion on the federal government's consolidated financial statements for the 14th year in a row.

Tags: GAO , consolidated financial statements , accountability , Federal Drive , Bob Dacey

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 10:07am EST
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Afghan government faces a tough fight

Pieces of the suicide bomber's car were strewn across the street. Three police cars and a handful of civilian cars and shops in the area were destroyed by the blast in Kabul Monday. In a statement, President Hamid Karzi condemned the midday attack. But the incident and others like it highlight the wobbly state of security in Afghanistan as that weak nation tries to build a security force and stomp out insurgents hiding in Afghanistan's rugged terrain and porous borders.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 11:06am EST

The last police woman goes down

The last policeman standing or in this case policewoman has gone down in a strip of border towns in the Juarez Valley of Mexico. Gunmen stormed into the home of Erika Gándara in the town of Guadalupe about 6 o'clock am. two days before Christmas and kidnapped her. The 28 year ood Gándara, was the only police officer in the municipality of Guadalupe which is about two miles from the Texas border. All the rest of the police, the men, had fled the town, giving in to the powerful drug cartels and their henchmen. No word on her condition.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 11:01am EST

Bombs explode at Embassies

Who's behind blasts at embassies across Europe. Package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean Embassies and were found at others. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but authorities appeared to discount domestic anarchists or protesters. Rome's Mayor Gianni Alemanno "It's a wave of terrorism against embassies, something much more worrisome than a single attack," Last month, suspected Greek radical anarchists sent fourteen mail bombs to foreign embassies in Athens.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense , Gianni Alemanno

Monday - 12/27/2010, 10:55am EST

Congress orders DoD to study Mark Center traffic

Language in the defense authorization bill passed this week will require the Army to submit a transportation plan to Congress in the next 90 days, addressing how 6,400 new Pentagon workers will commute to a new office with no access to Metro.

Tags: BRAC , Defense Authorization Bill , Jim Moran , Mark Center , Jared Serbu

Friday - 12/24/2010, 02:22pm EST

Forward-looking approach needed to reduce improper payments

Alvin Tucker of the American Society of Military Comptrollers explains the challenges to reform financial management.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , financial management , IT , technology , improper payment , Alvin Tucker , CFO Act , accountability , management

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 05:14pm EST
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DoD contracting cuts less painful than expected

In a meeting with members of Congress and industry association leaders this week, DoD officials said proposed cuts to Defense contracting will only impact a small subset of the department's service contracting budget. DoD officials said they are looking at contracts that support staff augmentation and other similar support service contracts.

Tags: contracting , industry , Robert Gates , Bill Lynn , Gerry Connolly , Stan Soloway , Bobbie Kilberg , Professional Services Council , Northern Virginia Technology Council , Deltek Consulting , budget cuts , services contracts , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 06:33am EST
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DoD stop loss pay deadline extended

March 4, 2011, is the new deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Pay.

Tags: Stop Loss Pay , military , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 06:47pm EST

DADT repealed -- now what?

Jeremy Johnson, formerly of the Navy, discussed some of the steps the military must take now that DADT will be repealed.

Tags: DADT , military , Barack Obama , Jeremy Johnson , Navy , gay rights , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 12/21/2010, 05:40pm EST
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