POGO Running on All Cylinders

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Congress Running Short on Time

It looks like the end of the current congressional session is in sight, maybe. While legislators had an insurmountable work load to complete in the three weeks of work in September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) still hopes to adjourn the Senate a week from tomorrow (Sept. 26).

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Happy Birthday OMB Watch!

We'll be shutting down the BudgetBrigade a bit early today to head off to OMB Watch's 25th Anniversary celebration. Yup, that's right. OMBW is 25 years young this year and we're primed and ready for our quarter life crisis! We're taking some time to celebrate tonight with friends and supporters and remember 25 years of fighting for a more transparent and accountable federal government.

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DHS Fails in Contracting Oversight Efforts

The Washington Post has an article this morning that details severe contracting problems at the Department of Homeland Security. The Post describes the agency's efforts to oversee $15 billion in contracts over the last six years as having "failed."

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Dept. of Interior: Worst Misconduct Ever!

There has been some pretty eye opening stuff going on over at the Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Service (MMS). The Department of the Interior Inspector General released the results of three separate investigations into allegations of misconduct among dozens of employees and managers at the MMS. And the pretty shocking results would even make Lurita Doan blush (or maybe take out her pen and pad and take notes?). The IG report described the MMS as having a "culture of ethical failure" and details some ridiculously arrogant and decrepit behavior.

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IRS Decides to Abandon Contract

Great news reported today by Joe Davidson at the Washington Post (Joe has taken over the Federal Diary column from Stephen Barr, who retired earlier this year).

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Defense Department Punts on Air Force Tanker Deal

I came across another delay in a federal contracting effort to report today. Seems the Department of Defense, and more specifically Secretary Robert Gates, feels it will not have sufficient time to complete the re-competition for the contract to build the next generation of mid-air refueling tankers.

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