Thursday, October 23, 2014
Sunday, February 03, 2013
By Bob Hennelly
New Jersey is seeing an unprecedented wave of home improvement contractors from out-of-state, looking to cash in on repairing the tens of thousands of homes damaged by Sandy, according to state officials. The state's Division of Consumer Affairs is warning that failure to do some basic research could cost home owners dearly.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
A report by the city comptroller's office shows that some consultants, hired by the Education Department to provide special education services to students, billed the city for services provided in the middle of the night or for 15-hour days. The report's findings of possible fraud have been turned over to the city's Special Commissioner of Investigation.
Monday, July 30, 2012
By Bob Hennelly
Months after one of the city’s biggest construction giants agreed to pay nearly $60 million for inflating costs on public works projects, WNYC has learned that the criminal probe into billing fraud has expanded to other major contractors.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The City Council is expected to pass a bill Wednesday to increase the scrutiny of the city's outside contracting in order to prevent another scandal, like CityTime, an outsourced payroll project with millions in cost overruns.
Friday, January 07, 2011
(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) What do road builders think of the new Congress? Attendees of the sixth annual Texas Transportation Forum in Austin got an earful about that Wednesday from Brian Deery, the Senior Director of the Highway & Transportation Division of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Just today AGC issued a renewed call for a long-term reauthorization bill, citing dwindling stimulus funds and industry job loss. But the Congress that would have to pass that reauthorization in the next two years seems more divided than it was for the last two.
Deery spoke for half an hour, and made passing swipes at the Obama Administration's agenda of "livability" and high speed rail, both endeavors which he finds to be unwarranted drains on highway funds. He was also highly critical of the recent rule change by House Republicans to allow raiding of the Highway Trust Fund.
Most of Deery's his comments concerned Congress, and he ended up making an interesting juxtaposition between John Mica, the Republican chairperson of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, and Barbara Boxer, the Democratic chairperson of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. It was hard to know which party—and which chamber—would be the construction industry's better friend, he said.
Excerpts from Deery's comments after the jump:
Friday, October 08, 2010
A new report out by the Senate Armed Services Committee reveals more problems with our heavy use of private security contractors in the war in Afghanistan. The committee’s chair, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), described "wasted resources" and “wide gaps in government oversight."
Monday, July 19, 2010
This morning, Washington Post reporter Dana Priest broke an exclusive story about the increased use of intelligence contractors. After years of research and information gathering, Priest found that billions of dollars are being wasted because of redundancies between the intelligence community and its contractors. And even though many top government officials know this is going on, little is being done to make operations more efficient or rein in spending.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Since September 11th, the intelligence community has handed off many of its responsibilities to private contractors. The private intelligence industry has grown, and been paid billions by the government despite a culture of waste and mismanagement. Because the intelligence community and contractors now share many similar responsibilities, the line distinguishing the two is blurry.