Dear G. Florence,
“If there’s anything this committee can do to help you catch people stealing from the government, let us know.”
– Sen. Claire McCaskill
Yesterday Sen. McCaskill held a hearing on government contracting and asked a panel of IGs about issues raised in POGO’s recent report on IG accountability. The subcommittee was particularly interested in our finding that some IGs have outsourced their whistleblower hotlines to contractors, many of whom are unfamiliar with the agency’s work.
Following the release of POGO’s report, the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency has announced that it will be conducting a cross-cutting analysis of hotline operations to develop best practices for IGs in handling whistleblower allegations.
As Congress turns it attention to ensuring that stimulus funds end up in the hands of responsible contractors, I’m pleased to announce that POGO has updated its Federal Contractor Misconduct Database with a new ranking for the top 100 contractors.
We found that the new top 100 federal contractors have accumulated 673 instances of misconduct and over $26 billion in monetary penalties since 1995. Lockheed Martin still leads the pack with 50 instances of civil, criminal, and administrative misconduct.
Last year Congress passed a measure to establish a contractor responsibility database for the government, but this database remains inaccessible to the public. POGO has asked President Obama to make the government’s database publicly available, but in the meantime, we will continue to maintain our misconduct database as a free public resource.
Check out our press alert to learn more. Also, as you can probably imagine, this database consumes a lot of our limited resources. Click here if you’d like to support our work on this project.
Yesterday The Wall Street Journal ran a story that confirmed concerns we exposed last year about security vulnerabilities in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Six current and former officials told the Journal that the $300 billion program has been repeatedly breached by computer spies.
Last year we obtained and released a Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) report which found that advanced aviation and weapons technology for the JSF program may have been comprised by unauthorized access to facilities run by BAE Systems. Although the IG later made the highly unusual decision to remove their report, concerns remain about a lack of oversight by the Defense Security Service and a lack of cooperation by BAE.
Check out our press alert and blog post to learn more.
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