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State Department Orders Family of US Embassy Personnel to Leave Kyiv, Elevates Travel Warning for Ukraine, Russia

The U.S. State Department ordered family members of U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv to leave the Ukrainian capital and authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential civil servants on Sunday night. “Authorized departure gives these employees the option to depart if they wish; their departure is not required,” the embassy said. “Ordered departure for family members requires that family members leave the country. “The U.S. Embassy’s departure status will be reviewed in no later than 30 days,” it added. According to the embassy’s latest update on social media, the State Department’s decision is a special warning “due to continued Russian efforts to destabilize the country and undermine the security of Ukrainian citizens and others visiting or residing in Ukraine.” It said that the U.S. Embassy Kyiv “remains open” and that consular services according to COVID-19 restrictions will continue without change or impact a “commitment to finding a diplomatic solution to Russia’s …

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Contractor’s ‘excess’ profits reignite debate on Pentagon oversight

An aerospace contractor’s alleged overcharging of millions of dollars for military spare parts is triggering the latest partisan debate over where to draw the line between too much oversight of Pentagon contractors and not enough. The Defense Department inspector general reported last month that Cleveland-based TransDigm Group had about $21 million in “excess profit” on 150 contracts for aircraft parts in recent years. The Pentagon is now seeking repayment of the $21 million. The company faced a similar charge from auditors about two years ago and agreed to repay the government $16 million. Some say a provision in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that was meant to reduce contractors’ paperwork in order to streamline acquisitions has made it easier for contractors to charge too much for parts. That law effectively freed up an untold number of contractors from a requirement to provide the Pentagon certain detailed data about the justification for their prices. Now the debate is over whether to enact a new law that would force companies to divulge such information upon the government’s request. New York Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney, the chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has written draft legislation that would do just that, she announced Wednesday. The Pentagon supports such a bill and has previously proposed a similar solution. “We have to take steps to ensure this abuse does not continue,” Maloney said at a Wednesday committee hearing. She revealed examples of substantial markups for TransDigm spare parts purchased, including one that had a profit margin of nearly 4,000 percent. GOP pushback But several Republicans at the hearing resisted the idea of new laws or regulations to address the problem, and some of them changed the subject to insist that non-defense spending get more scrutiny. “What we should not discuss today

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Obama-Biden State Dept Orders Diplomats and Families to Leave Ukraine Ahead of U.S. Conflict with Russia

For those who think the conflict is not being orchestrated by the Obama-Biden administration, consider this.  European countries and our NATO allies are not as worried about Russia entering Ukraine. The people closest to the situation including France and Germany, are not asking for the U.S. to get involved.  Indeed, you can make the argument […] The post Obama-Biden State Dept Orders Diplomats and Families to Leave Ukraine Ahead of U.S. Conflict with Russia appeared first on The Last Refuge.

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