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Dereliction of Duty

Day One: Fraud rampant in veterans preference contracts

Day One: Fraud rampant in veterans preference contracts

By Mark Flatten | 08/05/13 12:00 AM

An estimated $12.3 billion in federal contracts went to firms last year that received the preference because the owner claimed to be a service-disabled veteran.
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Day Two: 'Trust me' is federal policy on policing preference fraud

Day Two: 'Trust me' is federal policy on policing preference fraud

By Mark Flatten | 08/06/13 12:00 AM

Lying won't get you banned from a federal program that gives preferential treatment in government contracting to companies owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities. If one agency catches you misrepresenting your qualifications, you can simply move on to the next one, which is...
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Day 3: VA slow to clean up broken veterans preference contracting mess

Day 3: VA slow to clean up broken veterans preference contracting mess

By Mark Flatten | 08/07/13 12:00 AM

Recent studies by the Government Accountability Office and the VA's inspector general question the agency's claims that it has rooted out hucksters who lie about their service records or control of businesses to win lucrative federal set-aside and sole-source contracts.
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Day 4: Veterans preference fraud widespread but government prosecutes few cases

Day 4: Veterans preference fraud widespread but government prosecutes few cases

By Mark Flatten | 08/08/13 12:00 AM

Veterans preference fraud cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year, but federal prosecutions are rare. Investigations by the VA IG, which has been the most aggressive in policing the program, have led to 16 convictions in recent years. Part four of a five-part series.
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Day 5: Few in Congress seem to care about veterans preference fraud

Day 5: Few in Congress seem to care about veterans preference fraud

By Mark Flatten | 08/09/13 12:00 AM

The tough task for lawmakers is striking a balance that will prevent fraud but not harm legitimate service-disabled veterans with overly burdensome regulations. Last of a five-part series.
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Dereliction of duty: How veterans preference fraud cost taxpayers billions
A five-part series by the Washington Examiner watchdog team
Part One: Fraud rampant in veterans preference contracts
Part Two: 'Trust me' is federal policy on policing preference fraud
Part Three: VA slow to clean up broken veterans preference contracting mess
Part Four: Hucksters use "rent-a-vet," other scams to win federal contracts
Part Five: Few in Congress seem to care about veterans preference fraud
 

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