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The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years in 25 Days (2007): Blackwater and US Reliance on Military Contractors

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Four US-contracted guards have been found guilty of the murder and manslaughter of 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. What does it tell us about military contractors today?

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New Jersey News

Wave of Out-of-State Builders Has NJ on Guard

Sunday, February 03, 2013

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.

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Schoolbook

Audit Finds Irregularities in Special Education Billing

Thursday, December 06, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

City's Construction Giants Face Criminal Probe for Billing Fraud

Monday, July 30, 2012

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond City Time

Friday, November 18, 2011

City Limits reporters Adrienne Day and Ruth Ford talk about their investigation into the growing use of contractors for city services --  beyond the scandal-plagued City Time contract.

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WNYC News

Council Expected to Pass Bill Regulating Outside 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.

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Transportation Nation

What do road builders think of the new Congress?

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.

Brian Deery, Senior Director of the Highway & Transportation Division of the Associated General Contractors of America. (Video still from AASHTO)

Brian Deery, Senior Director of the Highway & Transportation Division of the Associated General Contractors of America. (Video still from AASHTO)

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:

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WNYC News

Bovis to Pay City $5 Million for Overcharges

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

One of the city's largest general contractors has reached a $5 million settlement with New York City.

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The Takeaway

Senate Report on Military Contractors: 'Wasted Resources'

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."

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The Takeaway

Unveiling Spending, Efficiency of Intelligence Contractors

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.

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The Takeaway

Washington Post Reveals Culture of Redundancy with Intelligence Contractors

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.

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