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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#bird-bront, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-logistics-agency, #diveroli-efraim-e, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-supply-us, #jl-kaya, #lagardera-jose, #maddox-defense, #medlink, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #trump-donald-j

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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

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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

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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

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Trump Moves to Cancel Contracts for Government Sensitivity Training

A memo sent to agency heads on Friday called efforts that often focus on promoting awareness of racism “divisive” and “un-American propaganda.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #government-employees, #news-and-news-media, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vought-russell-t

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

#amazon-com-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #enterprise-computing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #microsoft-corp, #trump-donald-j

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Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

A tech start-up named for objects in “The Lord of the Rings” has become a major government contractor. But what it does is not easy to understand.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #initial-public-offerings, #karp-alex, #palantir-technologies, #software, #start-ups, #thiel-peter-a, #trump-donald-j

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South Africa’s Big Coronavirus Aid Effort Tainted by Corruption

As South Africans cope with hunger in the pandemic, government efforts at delivering relief have floundered amid widespread allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food, #food-insecurity, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

Under emergency coronavirus orders, the Trump administration is using hotels across the country to hold migrant children and families before expelling them.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deportation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hampton-inns, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention

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TeleTracking Technologies, Firm Running Coronavirus Database, Refuses to Answer Senators’ Questions

A private technology company that gathers data for a coronavirus database said a nondisclosure agreement with the Trump administration blocks it from discussing its $10.2 million contract.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronic-health-records, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #house-of-representatives, #nondisclosure-agreements, #senate, #teletracking-technologies-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Labor Dept. Lawyer Says Trump Appointee Intervened in Oracle Case

A litigator asserts that she faced reprisal after saying Secretary Eugene Scalia was set to settle a discrimination suit for a sum she found too low.

#catz-safra, #discrimination, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #oracle-corporation, #scalia-eugene, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #whistle-blowers

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Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System

An administration shift is putting a burden on hospitals and undercutting the integrity of data on the pandemic, current and former members of a federal advisory panel said.

#american-hospital-assn, #azar-alex-m-ii, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #kadlec-robert-p, #osterholm-michael-t, #trump-donald-j

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Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

The world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute, announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven inoculation. It’s a gamble with a huge upside. And huge risks.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #family-business, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #horses, #india, #pune-india, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China Is Harvesting DNA From Millions of People. Is This the Future of Policing?

The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.

#australia, #biometrics, #california, #chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #europe, #forensic-science, #fujian-province-china, #gedmatch-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guizhou-china, #hunan-province-china, #india, #inner-mongolia, #kenya, #kuwait, #malaysia, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #thailand, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc, #tibet, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

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Why It’s Unusual That The U.S. Committed to Buying Millions of Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

Besides the fact that there’s no coronavirus vaccine yet, the government usually lets the private sector handle it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #pfizer-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Novavax Won $1.6 Billion From Operation Warp Speed For Coronavirus Vaccine

Novavax just received the Trump administration’s largest vaccine contract. In the Maryland company’s 33-year history, it has never brought a vaccine to market.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #bright-rick-a, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hatchett-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #influenza, #kadlec-robert-p, #novavax-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Republicans Can Take the Lead in the Coronavirus Fight

The Senate can take a page from the market economies around the world that managed to fight the pandemic and safely restore normalcy.

#cassidy-bill-1957, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #republican-party, #senate, #texas, #united-states

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hospitals, #latin-america, #lungs, #nigeria, #oxygen, #philanthropy, #poverty, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #rural-areas, #south-asia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unaids, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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Latin America’s Virus Villains: Corrupt Officials Collude With Price Gougers for Body Bags and Flimsy Masks

The coronavirus has devastated Latin America. And it has only been worsened by a wave of graft and profiteering, prosecutors say.

#bolivia, #colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #ecuador, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lima-peru

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England’s ‘World Beating’ System to Track Coronavirus Is Anything But

Like a lot of the country’s pandemic response, contact tracing has been hampered by inconsistency, with much promised but little delivered.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #serco-group-plc

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Former D.E.A. Spokesman Pleads Guilty to $4.4 Million Fraud

Garrison Kenneth Courtney pretended to be a C.I.A. officer to bilk companies.

#central-intelligence-agency, #courtney-garrison-kenneth, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #national-institutes-of-health

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A Car Salesman, a Macedonian Ex-Minister and a $45 Million Mask Scheme

Prosecutors charged a New Jersey man who was part of an unlikely crew that sought a lucrative deal to provide desperately needed protective equipment.

#berman-geoffrey-s, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #department-of-investigation-nyc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #buzzfeed-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #raimondo-gina-m, #sununu-christopher-t-1974, #ventilators-medical, #whitmer-gretchen

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Whistle-Blower Exposes Infighting and Animus in Trump’s Coronavirus Response

The allegations suggest personal clashes influenced how the administration responded to the pandemic.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #bright-rick-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #kadlec-robert, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.

An engineer landed one of the state’s biggest coronavirus-related contracts after FEMA volunteers forwarded his name.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #new-york-state, #oren-pines-yaron, #ventilators-medical

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How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies

Roughly a dozen young, inexperienced workers were assembled to sort through tips on masks, gloves and other equipment. Warehouses were running bare, and doctors fighting the coronavirus were forced to make their own protective gear.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #masks, #medical-devices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who is Rick Bright? The Coronavirus Whistle-Blower Who Said The Trump Administration Steered Contracts to Cronies

Rick Bright, the ousted chief of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, said he was pressured to steer millions of dollars to the clients of a well-connected consultant.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #bright-rick-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

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NASA Picks Moon Lander Designs by SpaceX, Blue Origin, Others

It seems unlikely the space agency will meet President Trump’s goal of a return to the lunar surface by the end of 2024.

#government-accountability-office, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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It’s High Time We Fought This Virus the American Way

The administration has all the authority it needs to produce medical supplies and prepare for a potential vaccine.

#defense-production-act, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #law-and-legislation, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #truman-harry-s, #united-states

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Defense Production Act Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #medical-devices, #nationalization-of-industry, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

Iraq depends on oil revenues, which have plummeted. The country is so desperate it is asking for donations to help it weather the pandemic.

#baghdad-iraq, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-energy-agency, #international-monetary-fund, #iraq, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mahdi-adel-abdul, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #salih-barham

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Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms

It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.

#3-d-printers, #3m-company, #apple-inc, #center-for-automotive-research, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-electric-company, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #masks, #medical-devices, #navarro-peter, #shortages, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical

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