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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Solidarity Is Not an Easy Sell as E.U. Lags in Vaccine Race

Europe’s collective vaccine purchase is an experiment in deeper integration. Despite a rocky start, many countries still stand to benefit, but it’s the most powerful who have least to gain.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

A No-Bid Contract to Track Covid Vaccinations Draws Frustration, and a Cease-and-Desist

The Trump administration awarded a no-bid contract to Deloitte to develop software to track vaccinations, but the system has flaws. A competitor has accused the C.D.C. and the company of stealing her idea.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deloitte-touche-tohmatsu-ltd, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #race-and-ethnicity, #tate-tiffany, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Exponential Power of a $15 Wage Floor

Biden can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands with a single executive order.

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Fact-Checking Biden’s First Week in Office

All but three of 20 claims the president made were accurate, demonstrating his regard for basic facts and his proclivity to err when speaking off the cuff.

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Governments Sign Secret Vaccine Deals: Here’s What They Hide

Multibillion-dollar contracts give drug makers liability shields, patent ownership and leeway on delivery dates and pricing — and promises that much of it will not be made public.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coalition-for-epidemic-preparedness-innovations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #moderna-inc, #national-institutes-of-health, #novavax-inc, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.

Seeking to secure vital supplies, the authorities in the country maneuvered around anticorruption rules that require public disclosure of contracts.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization

Removing the Name ‘Trump’ Won’t Save a Golf Course in the South Bronx

As New York City moves to void its contracts with Trump Organization properties, one of them stands out as a problem no matter what name is on the sign.

#bronx-nyc, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

‘Unacceptable’ Food Packages for Poorer Children Prompt Outcry in U.K.

Photos of the packages, which critics called meager and overpriced, circulated widely on social media, prompting the government to reinstate vouchers for parents to buy food, themselves.

#chartwells, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #rashford-marcus-1997, #vouchers

Will New York City Cancel Contracts for Trump Golf Course and Carousel?

The Trump Organization operates two ice rinks, the Central Park Carousel and a golf course. Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering canceling the agreements.

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Will NYC Cancel Trump Golf Course and Carousel Contracts?

The Trump Organization operates two ice rinks, the Central Park Carousel and a golf course. Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering canceling the agreements.

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How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress

Union leaders and policy experts say the next administration could do plenty on behalf of workers through regulation and other powers.

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With First Dibs on Vaccines, Rich Countries Have ‘Cleared the Shelves’

The U.S., Britain, Canada and others are hedging their bets, reserving doses that far outnumber their populations, as many poorer nations struggle to secure enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #income-inequality, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

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Military’s Role in Vaccine to Be Strictly Behind the Scenes

While no troops will be administering shots or dropping off doses, scores of Defense Department employees are involved in the effort.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

A decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival defense minister, Benny Gantz, to hold an inquiry could further destabilize their unity government.

#gantz-benny, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #submarines-and-submersibles

Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #masks, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Policy Agenda Rests Heavily on Senate Outcome

Which party controls the Senate will largely dictate how ambitious President-elect Joe Biden can get on taxes, health care, climate change and other policy priorities.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #federal-taxes-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #high-net-worth-individuals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How VW’s Diesel Settlement Is Changing Fleets, From Schools to Seaports

A scandal led to a $2.9 billion trust fund for states to put cleaner vehicles on their roads. A lot of the money has gone to more diesel vehicles.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #buses, #diesel-power, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trucks-and-trucking, #volkswagen-ag

Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate — some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?

#black-people, #defense-contracts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kuwait, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Trump’s Attack on Diversity Training Stifles Racial Reconciliation Efforts

A presidential executive order banning the “malign ideology” of racial sensitivity training has rippled through government into academia and corporate America.

#black-people, #corporate-social-responsibility, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

An Arms Dealer, an Ex-N.F.L. Player and Huge Federal Contracts for Medical Gowns

The Trump administration awarded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of urgent work to small companies with scant experience.

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Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid

The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-research-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

Investigation of Medicare Chief Exposes Underside of Washington

A yearlong investigation into Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showed the cozy relations that fuel the nation’s capital at taxpayer expense.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #consultants, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #news-and-news-media, #porter-novelli-international, #public-relations-and-publicity, #republican-party, #stevens-pam, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema, #washington-dc

How One Man Conned the Beltway

The billion-dollar “Black Budget” demands secrecy. That made it a perfect target.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #courtney-garrison-kenneth, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #industrial-espionage