Investigating
Government Contractors
Donald W. Reynolds National Center for
Business Journalism
SABEW Fall Conference
New ...
 
Ron	
  
Nixon	
  
•  Washington	
  correspondent	
  for	
  The	
  
New	
  York	
  Times	
  
•  Has	
  inves9gated:	
  
o...
What You Will Learn
•  Why	
  covering	
  government	
  contractors	
  is	
  important	
  and	
  
affects	
  all	
  beats.	...
Why Investigate Contractors?
●  Governments spends billions
each year on contractors.
●  Contractors are taking on
larger ...
Why Investigate Contractors?
●  There have been a number of instances of waste,
fraud and abuse involving contractors.
●  ...
Spending on Contractors 2003-13
Source: usaspending.gov
A few
ideas for
stories on
contractors
Photo by flickr user notfrancois
Too Big to Ban
The Fourth Branch
Hedging their bets
Not So Small Biz
Hitting the Lottery
Following the Rules
Resources for covering
government contractors
All The Government Contractors
Your Turn
Search for "Lockheed Martin" at
usaspending.gov
The Contractor’s Data Contractor
FedBizOps
Getting High/Low Grades?
Contractors Behaving Badly?
The Federal Register
FAR cases
Protesting Contracts
SBA Size Protest
The Watchdogs
Say It Again, SAM!
From Government Employee to
Contractors
From Employee to Contractors,
continued
Government vs. Private
The Rulemakers
The Regulators
Questions?
Ron Nixon
The New York Times Washington bureau
nixon@nytimes.com
@nixonron
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Investigating Government Contractors by Ron Nixon

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Ron Nixon presents "Investigating Government Contractors" during the Fall 2013 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference in New York, Oct. 4, 2013.

Nixon is a domestic correspondent in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times.

For more information on training for business journalists, please visit http://businessjournalism.org.

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Investigating Government Contractors by Ron Nixon

  1. 1. Investigating Government Contractors Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism SABEW Fall Conference New York, Oct. 4, 2013
  2. 2.   Ron   Nixon   •  Washington  correspondent  for  The   New  York  Times   •  Has  inves9gated:   o  contractors  during  Hurricane  Katrina,   o  problems  with  contracts  at  the  Small   Business  Administra9on,     o  contractors  who  are  too  big  to  ban  despite   criminal  and  civil  charges  and   o  contractors  who  were  doing  business   simultaneously  with  the  U.S.  and  Iran.  
  3. 3. What You Will Learn •  Why  covering  government  contractors  is  important  and   affects  all  beats.   •  How  contractors  are  cri9cal  to  the  func9oning  of   government.   •  How  contrac9ng  works.   •  How  to  track  government  spending  on  contrac9ng.   •  How  to  inves9ga9ve  fraud,  waste  and  abuse  in  contrac9ng.  
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Spending on Contractors 2003-13 Source: usaspending.gov
  7. 7. A few ideas for stories on contractors Photo by flickr user notfrancois
  8. 8. Too Big to Ban
  9. 9. The Fourth Branch
  10. 10. Hedging their bets
  11. 11. Not So Small Biz
  12. 12. Hitting the Lottery
  13. 13. Following the Rules
  14. 14. Resources for covering government contractors
  15. 15. All The Government Contractors
  16. 16. Your Turn Search for "Lockheed Martin" at usaspending.gov
  17. 17. The Contractor’s Data Contractor
  18. 18. FedBizOps
  19. 19. Getting High/Low Grades?
  20. 20. Contractors Behaving Badly?
  21. 21. The Federal Register
  22. 22. FAR cases
  23. 23. Protesting Contracts
  24. 24. SBA Size Protest
  25. 25. The Watchdogs
  26. 26. Say It Again, SAM!
  27. 27. From Government Employee to Contractors
  28. 28. From Employee to Contractors, continued
  29. 29. Government vs. Private
  30. 30. The Rulemakers
  31. 31. The Regulators
  32. 32. Questions? Ron Nixon The New York Times Washington bureau nixon@nytimes.com @nixonron

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