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  • Investigating Government Contractors Ron Nixon, The New York Times
  • Poll Question #1 Have you covered government contractors before?
  • Why Investigate Contractors? ●  Governments spends billions each year on contractors. ●  Contractors are taking on larger roles as government shrinks. ●  They perform duties from buying guns and planes to analyzing intelligence (Edward Snowden) to delivering food and answering FOIA requests. Photo by abcnews.com View slide
  • Why Investigate Contractors? ●  There have been a number of instances of waste, fraud and abuse involving contractors. ●  Contractors play a role in legislative and regulatory policy. PhotobyU.S.Army CorpsofEngineers View slide
  • Spending on Contractors 2003-13 Source: usaspending.gov
  • A few ideas for stories on contractors Photo by flickr user notfrancois
  • Too Big to Ban http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/us/politics/18contractor.html?_r=0
  • The Fourth Branch http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/washington/04contract.html?pagewanted=all
  • Hedging their bets http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/world/middleeast/07sanctions.html?pagewanted=all
  • Not So Small Biz http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A04E1DB1330F935A35754C0A9609C8B63
  • Hitting the Lottery http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/business/07lotto.html?ref=jackpot
  • Poll Question #2 How many companies hold contracts for state lotteries?
  • Following the Rules http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/27/business/27sba.html?pagewanted
  • Resources for covering government contractors
  • Poll Question #3 Which of these resources have you explored or used in your reporting?
  • All The Government Contractors http://www.usaspending.gov/
  • Your Turn Search for "Lockheed Martin" at usaspending.gov
  • The Contractor’s Data Contractor https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/
  • Poll Question #4 What government agency spends billions on contracting, but its contracts aren’t in the contracts spending data? Hint: It’s not the CIA.
  • FedBizOpps https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&tab=search
  • Getting High/Low Grades? http://www.fapiis.gov/fapiis/index.jsp
  • Contractors Behaving Badly? http://www.contractormisconduct.org/
  • The Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/06/21/2013-14610/federal-acquisition-regulation- contractors-performing-private-security-functions-outside-the-united
  • FAR cases http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/opencases/farcasenum/far.pdf
  • Protesting Contracts http://www.gao.gov/legal/bids/bidprotest.html
  • SBA Size Protest http://www.sba.gov/content/size-protests-size-determinations-and-appeals
  • The Watchdogs http://www.gsaig.gov/?utm_source=OCM&utm_medium=print- radio&utm_term=HP_09_Essnt_inspector&utm_campaign=shortcuts
  • Say It Again, SAM! https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/?portal:componentId=1f834b82-3fed-4eb3-a1f8- ea1f226a7955&portal:type=action&interactionstate=JBPNS_rO0ABXc0ABBfanNmQnJpZGdlVmlld0lkA AAAAQATL2pzZi9uYXZpZ2F0aW9uLmpzcAAHX19FT0ZfXw**
  • From Government Employee to Contractors http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08485.pdf
  • From Employee to Contractors, continued http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/defense_ethics/resource_library/fyi_pge.pdf
  • Government vs. Private http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40641.pdf
  • The Rulemakers http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/procurement_far_council
  • The Regulators http://docketwrench.sunlightfoundation.com/
  • Questions? Ron Nixon The New York Times Washington bureau nixon@nytimes.com @nixonron