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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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Biden Abandons ‘Do-Not-Provoke Strategy,’ Mulls Deploying Thousands of Troops to Confront Russia

Biden’s brinksmanship with Russia after his botched messaging to Vladimir Putin that all-but-invited him to carry out a “minor incursion” into Ukraine may have disastrous consequences for Americans stuck in the vulnerable Eastern European nation should it be invaded. From State Dept call: “Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time. The US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens. So US citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly.” Arrange commercial flights. — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) January 24, 2022 “From State Dept call: ‘Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time. The US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens. So US citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly.’ Arrange commercial flights,” Jennifer Griffin reported. The State Department’s warning is an echo of Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan evacuation, which led to hundreds of Americans being put in harm’s way, dozens stranded behind enemy lines, and millions in military equipment falling into the hands of a terrorist state. Months after Biden pulled American troops out after promising to get everyone who wanted to leave out safely, there were still U.S. citizens left behind in Afghanistan. The escalation with Russia comes as Biden is considering deploying several thousand troops, as well as aircraft and warships, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, according to the New York Times. “President Biden is considering deploying several thousand U.S. troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, an expansion of American military involvement amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, according to administration officials,” the Times reported. “The move would signal a major pivot for the Biden administration, which up

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