By Mark Flatten | 08/09/13 05:09 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.
By Mark Flatten | 08/08/13 05:04 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.
By Mark Flatten | 08/07/13 06:48 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.
By Mark Flatten | 08/06/13 05:12 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...
By Mark Flatten | 08/05/13 06:50 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.
|Dereliction of duty: How veterans preference fraud cost taxpayers billions
A five-part series by the Washington Examiner watchdog team
Monday: Fraud rampant in veterans preference contracts
Tuesday: 'Trust me' is federal policy on policing preference fraud
Wednesday: VA slow to clean up broken veterans preference contracting mess
Thursday: Hucksters use "rent-a-vet," other scams to win federal contracts
Friday: Few in Congress seem to care about veterans preference fraud