Gupta Brothers, Accused of Corruption in South Africa, Are Arrested in Dubai

Atul and Rajesh Gupta had fled South Africa four years ago amid intense law enforcement scrutiny and public outrage over allegations that they facilitated the gutting of state resources.

#african-national-congress, #corruption-institutional, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #extradition, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #politics-and-government, #south-africa

Baby Formula Shortage Has an Aggravating Factor: Few Producers

With just a handful of companies making U.S. infant formula, a shutdown of Abbott’s plant had outsized impact on the supply.

#abbott-laboratories, #bobbie-baby-inc, #califf-robert-m, #davis-david-e, #discount-selling, #food-and-drug-administration, #gerber-products-co, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #infant-formulas, #international-trade-and-world-market, #modi-laura, #perrigo-company, #reckitt-benckiser, #shortages

Russian Shipping Traffic Remains Strong as Sanctions Take Time to Bite

The traffic was robust in March and April, reflecting the time it takes for sanctions to come into effect and an enduring profit motive for trading Russian energy.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-of-seven, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yellen-janet-l

For a Black Man Hired to Undo a Confederate Legacy, It Has Not Been Easy

Devon Henry and his company have taken down 23 monuments in the South, including the infamous Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia, in part because few others were interested.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #stoney-levar-1981

Trump Organization Can Keep Operating Bronx Golf Course, Judge Rules

New York City lost a court battle over its attempt to cancel the Trump Organization’s contract to operate a public golf course in the Bronx after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

#bronx-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

Macron Goes on Defensive Over Use of McKinsey and Other Consultants

President Emmanuel Macron’s opponents have criticized the French government for paying at least a billion dollars last year to private consulting firms.

#consultants, #elections, #france, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mckinseyco, #politics-and-government

When Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained

The Finnish company played a key role in enabling Russia’s cyberspying, documents show, raising questions of corporate responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #nokia-oyj, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging

Germany Is Ready to Lead Militarily. Its Military is Not.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Germany to revolutionize its security doctrine. But the war has also exposed how weak a link the German military is in NATO.

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Biden Offers More Free Covid Tests Although Demand Has Slowed

The White House is now letting households order a second round of at-home coronavirus tests, saying that testing remains important even as cases plummet.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shelter Operator Cited for Nepotism Still Gets Millions in City Funds

New York officials found misspending by African American Planning Commission, which runs homeless shelters, but public money continued to flow.

#african-american-planning-commission, #conflicts-of-interest, #department-of-social-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations

Biden Adopts Recommendations for Promoting Union Membership

Many of the recommendations, proposed by a White House task force, would make it easier for federal workers and employees of contractors to unionize.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #collective-bargaining, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Promised 500 Million Free Covid Tests. Then He Had to Find Them.

Millions of Americans are now receiving tests through the new mail program, which health experts said came too late to meet demand during the brunt of Omicron wave.

#abbott-laboratories, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #roche-holding-ag, #siemens-ag, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

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N.Y. Prisons Punished 1,600 Based on Faulty Drug Tests, Report Finds

Incarcerated people were subjected to solitary confinement and denied family visits because of improperly administered tests, the state inspector general found.

#buprenorphine-drug, #corrections-department-nys, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #microgenics-corp, #new-york-state, #prisonerslegal-services-of-new-york, #prisons-and-prisoners

Beneath a Covid Vaccine Debacle, 30 Years of Government Culpability

Washington has rejected plans to revamp vaccine preparedness for decades and repeatedly paid a price. The Biden administration is at a similar crossroads.

#anthrax, #astrazeneca-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #botulism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #el-hibri-fuad, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #gaithersburg-md, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #smallpox, #stockpiling, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Workers Gain Pay Leverage, Nonprofits Can’t Keep Up

Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #nonprofit-organizations, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

To Open Homeless Shelters, N.Y.C. Relied on Landlord With Checkered History

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to revamp the homeless shelter system, but some of the main players have not changed.

#buildings-structures, #daniel-rabinowitz, #david-levitan, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-social-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #landlords, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shimmie-horn

N.Y.C. Severs Ties With Housing Nonprofit Run by Jack A. Brown III

The city will no longer work with CORE Services Group, the nonprofit run by Jack A. Brown to provide housing and services to the homeless.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #wages-and-salaries

Boris Johnson Handles Scandal Amid Climate Conference

As the host leader of the U.N. conference on global warming, Mr. Johnson was hoping to project statesmanship. But a mushrooming ethics scandal dominated the week, overshadowing his climate ambitions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-party-great-britain, #cox-geoffrey-1960, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #glasgow-scotland, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnson-boris, #kerry-john, #politics-and-government, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker

Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled.

#anthrax, #astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnsonjohnson, #kramer-robert-g, #vaccination-and-immunization

House Ethics Committee Details Accusations Against 4 Lawmakers

The separate reports, investigating three Republicans and a Democrat, center on stock trades, the misuse of campaign funds and the improper awarding of contracts.

#cleveland-cliffs, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hagedorn-jim-1962, #house-committee-on-ethics, #kelly-mike-1948, #malinowski-tom, #mooney-alex-x, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government

An Official Wizard in New Zealand Loses His Job

The city of Christchurch has paid Ian Brackenbury Channell, 88, about $10,000 per year since 1998 for “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services.” But he has been condemned recently for his jokes about women.

#channell-ian-brackenbury, #christchurch-new-zealand, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-zealand

Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Some poorer countries are paying more and waiting longer for the company’s vaccine than the wealthy — if they have access at all.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hungary’s Leader Fights Criticism in U.S. via Vast Influence Campaign

Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister, has spent millions on lobbying, support for think tanks and cultivating allies in Washington.

#american-conservative-union, #atlantic-council, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hungary, #hungary-foundation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past

Some executives at nonprofit groups that operate New York City homeless shelters are benefiting from the plight of the people they serve.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #rivera-victor-m-1960

Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

Congress wants the government to turn to the private sector to augment the capabilities of highly classified spy satellites.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #national-geospatial-intelligence-agency, #national-reconnaissance-office, #satellites, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stringer Sues to Halt de Blasio’s Pandemic Spending Powers

The city comptroller, Scott Stringer, wants to regain oversight of the city’s pandemic spending, which he said has been characterized by “overpayment and overpurchasing.”

#billie-jean-king-national-tennis-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #ventilators-medical

Trump Sues N.Y.C. for Ending Golf Course Contract After Capitol Riot

The Trump Organization, which had a 20-year contract to operate a public golf course in the Bronx, claims it was unfairly targeted.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #professional-golfers-assn, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

It is not just U.S. troops who are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Thousands of private contractors — who help keep the Afghan Air Force flying, among other tasks — are leaving as well.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Vaccine Maker Earned Record Profits but Delivered Disappointment in Return

Emergent BioSolutions was awarded a $628 million federal contract with no competitive bidding. Top executives received big bonuses while factories mostly sat idle and tens of millions of Covid-19 doses were thrown away.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #gaithersburg-md, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnsonjohnson, #kadlec-robert-p, #maryland, #michigan, #rockville-md, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

100 Million Vaccine Doses Held Up Over Contamination Concerns, Emergent Reveals

Executives from Emergent, which ruined millions of coronavirus vaccine doses, divulged to Congress the scope of the regulatory review of its troubled Baltimore plant.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #el-hibri-fuad, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #house-of-representatives, #johnsonjohnson, #kadlec-robert-p, #kramer-robert-g, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Emergent, Which Ruined Vaccine Doses, Gave Its Top Executives Bonuses

The government has so far paid Emergent BioSolutions $271 million, even though American regulators have yet to clear a single dose of vaccine produced at its manufacturing plant in Baltimore.

#baltimore-md, #bonuses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #executive-compensation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #internal-essential, #kadlec-robert-p, #kramer-robert-g, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Troubled Vaccine Maker and Its Founder Gave $2 Million in Political Donations

Emergent BioSolutions faces scrutiny in Congress for ruining Covid-19 vaccines and securing lucrative federal contracts. Executives will appear before some lawmakers who benefited from the company’s spending.

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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden’s order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

Baltimore Vaccine Plant’s Troubles Ripple Across 3 Continents

Millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine produced by Emergent BioSolutions have been held back in Europe, South Africa and Canada as a precaution.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization

Shake-Up at Covid Vaccine Manufacturer That Tossed Millions of Doses

Emergent BioSolutions’ C.E.O. announced several executive changes but vigorously defended the company, which is on track for record revenues.

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Biden Orders $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The current minimum, $10.95, has prevailed since an executive order in 2014, including adjustments in the interim for inflation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Blue Origin Challenges NASA Over SpaceX Moon Lander Deal

The space agency picked Elon Musk’s company over two other bidders to take its astronauts back to the lunar surface.

#government-contracts-and-procurement, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Vaccines Made at Troubled Baltimore Plant Were Shipped to Canada and Mexico

The Biden administration said it did not know of manufacturing problems at the Emergent factory when it approved shipping millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. The company says the doses were safe.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mexico, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Federal Inspectors Say More Vaccines at Troubled Plant May Be Contaminated

Last month, up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine had to be discarded at Emergent’s factory in Baltimore. A new report says problems were not fully investigated and other doses may be compromised.

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The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?

The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled.

#american-red-cross, #antibodies, #blood, #blood-donation, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’

An Operation Warp Speed report last June flagged staffing and quality control concerns at Emergent BioSolutions’ factory in Baltimore. The troubled plant recently had to throw out up to 15 million doses.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #novavax-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Bet on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted

The Baltimore plant that recently had to scrap up to 15 million ruined doses had flouted rules and downplayed errors, according to internal audits, ex-employees and clients. Other doses had to be scrapped last year.

#astrazeneca-plc, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Bet Big on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted

The Baltimore plant that recently had to scrap up to 15 million ruined doses had flouted rules and downplayed errors, according to internal audits, ex-employees and clients. Other doses had to be scrapped last year.

#astrazeneca-plc, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Fiasco’ Damages Europe’s Credibility

The European Union’s failure to secure adequate vaccine supplies, followed by an export ban, has dented the reputation of the bloc’s leaders. It may also hurt their ability to act in other areas.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #european-commission, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

Where Europe Went Wrong in Its Vaccine Rollout, and Why

While Washington went into business with the drug companies, Europe was more fiscally conservative and trusted the free market.

#astrazeneca-plc, #brussels-belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curevac-gmbh, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #sanofi-sa, #shortages, #slaoui-moncef-m, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

France Hired McKinsey to Help in the Pandemic. Then Came the Questions.

After previously undisclosed contracts were revealed, the company has become a magnet for criticism in France’s vaccine rollout.

#accenture-ltd, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #les-republicains-france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mckinseyco, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ice Skating Ends at Central Park After New York City Rift With Trump

The skating season ended abruptly Sunday, a casualty of the decision to boot the former president’s business from operating the two ice rinks in the park.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ice-skating, #lasker-rink-manhattan-ny, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

Can’t Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can’t Sell.

Health workers are still being forced to ration protective masks, but small U.S. manufacturers can’t find buyers, and some are in a danger of going under.

#3m-company, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #masks, #prestige-ameritech, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations