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The Pentagon’s “revolution” & other news

Debarment Report Shows How Some Agencies Use it Well
Six agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, had zero suspension and debarment cases during the past five fiscal years, GAO’s report states.
(Occupational Health & Safety) – November 20, 2011 – The federal government uses a practice named suspension and debarment to exclude firms or individuals from receiving contracts to provide goods or services if they have engaged in certain crimes, such as bribery or tax evasion, or violated certain statutes or regulations. A new Government Accountability Office report says four agencies use the process more effectively than others because they employ full-time staff, have detailed policies and procedures, and encourage an active referral process.

Fortunately, the four doing it right, according to the report, include the General Services Administration, which manages thousands of federal buildings and thus buys a great many contracted goods and services. The other three are the U.S. Navy, the Defense Logistics Agency, and DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit, known as ICE. (Click HERE for article)

Senators propose new cap on contractor pay
Charles S. Clark – (GovExec) – November 18, 2011 – As the Senate nears consideration of the Defense authorization bill, three senators have added a new wrinkle to the ongoing debate over the level of contractor executive compensation that should be reimbursed with taxpayer dollars.
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Taxes – we pilfer from them but we won’t pay them & other news

Meanwhile, the owners and officers of some contractors that weren’t paying federal taxes had significant personal assets, including a sports team, a high-performance airplane, commercial properties, multimillion-dollar homes and luxury vehicles, the GAO said in its 2007 report. ~ Tom Shean – Virginian-Pilot~

History Facts for May 22

  • 1455 – King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
  • 1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
  • 1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
  • 1995 – Mr. and Ms Sparky were married
  • illustration by Jacob Thomas (Bloomberg)

    Tax requirement delayed, to the relief of companies
    Tom Shean – (The Virginian-Pilot) – May 22, 2011 – Companies doing business with the federal government have a bit more breathing room from what some say is an onerous tax provision.

    Earlier this month, the IRS delayed for another year a government plan for holding back 3 percent of the amounts paid to federal contractors.

    The program, designed to cover contractors’ tax liabilities, originally was scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2011. The date was pushed back two years ago to 2012. Now it’s Jan. 1, 2013.

    Still, “it will be a cash-flow nightmare” for smaller defense contractors, especially those with modest profit margins, predicted Gregg N. Funkhouser, partner in charge of government contracting for the CPA firm Dixon Hughes Goodman.

    While the average profit margin for his defense-contractor clients is 7 percent, the margins for some are as low as 1 percent, and these companies likely will suffer, Funkhouser said during a presentation in Norfolk last week. (Click HERE for article)

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    A few bad apples and other news

    While police searched for the “Tweed Creeper,” Col. Williams was carrying on his normal, high flying life. Hours before the first sexual assault, he joined in a fun filled air force publicity stunt. Days later, he met with Canada’s defense minister. And the day after the Comeau murder, he stopped by a charity event on the base. ~Name, Rank and Serial Killer -48 Hours Mystery, CBS News

    Former Employee of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Nearly $250,000
    WASHINGTON  – (DoJ) – April 8, 2011 – A former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to 42 months in prison for stealing nearly $250,000 intended for the payment of shipping and customs services for the embassy, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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    Surprise, it’s ICE baby!

    This event came as a complete surprise to us. We are a very responsibly run company, and adhere to the highest ethical standards.

    EOD Technology offices raided by Iraq reconstruction agents, other feds

    December 8. 2010 – A team of special agents raided a pair of office buildings operated by EOD Technology. Wednesday in Lenoir City and Roane CountyAgents sifted through paperwork after dark in Roane County. EOD Technology is a private security contractor that does millions of dollars in business with the United States Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, and agents from the office the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction combed through offices at EOD’s Roane County facility, loading up large boxes and hauling them to a back room.

    ICE and that Special Inspector General’s office have investigating issues on a national scale before. Typically, they deal with alleged fraud as it pertains to overseas services.

    None of the agencies involved, including the United States Attorney’s office will comment as to what exactly they’re investigating. They will only say they obtained a warrant to search the properties.

    The two searches are just the latest for what has been a bad couple of months of publicity for the East Tennessee based contractor.

    A few months back, the United States Senate Armed Services Committee found that EOD Technology and other private security contractors relied on Afghani strongment to fulfill taxpayer paid contracts.

    In one case, the government found EOD’s background checks didn’t find that the people it hired had previously given sensitive information to the Taliban. By contacting previous employers, the government was able to find out employees of EOD were actually fired from old jobs for the security breaches, then hired by EOD.

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