Tag: Government Contracts and Procurement

$200 Million, Jailed Immigrants and a Democratic Bastion Under Fire

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In 2011, lawmakers in Essex County, N.J., agreed to house detained immigrants at the local jail in exchange for what would eventually add up to around $200 million from the federal government. Across the country, hundreds of other local […]

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Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery

MIAMI — A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico’s shredded electrical grid after Hurricane Maria. Federal authorities arrested […]

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Military Stopover at Scottish Airport Sometimes Includes a Stay at a Trump Resort

WASHINGTON — United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland while Defense Department planes stop over and refuel at the nearby airport, according to a person with direct knowledge of the arrangement. Questions about the overnight stays at the Trump golf resort emerged after House investigators wrote to […]

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Universities Face Federal Crackdown Over Foreign Financial Influence

WASHINGTON — The Education Department has begun cracking down on universities that fail to disclose donations and contracts from foreign governments, hoping to give far more scrutiny to funding that has washed into the United States’ higher education institutions from countries often at odds with American policies but eager to tap the country’s brightest minds. […]

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Inside North Carolina’s Big Effort to Transform Health Care

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina seems like an unlikely laboratory for health care reform. It refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and ranks in the bottom third among states in measures of overall health. But the state has embarked on one of the country’s most ambitious efforts to transform how health […]

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She Beat Cancer. Now, She’s in Another Fight for Her Life.

Erika Zak beat Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. She survived more than 70 rounds of chemotherapy and at least 19 hospitalizations to treat infections, severe bleeding and other medical complications. She’s stayed alive more than two years despite liver failure after a botched surgery. And, as CNN reported, she prevailed in a lengthy battle with […]

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Labor Dept. Moves to Expand Religion Exemption for Hiring and Firing

The Labor Department has proposed a rule that would allow more federal contractors to base employment decisions on religion, a move that rights advocates said could be used to discriminate against workers for all manner of reasons. The proposal, announced on Wednesday, seeks “to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise recognized by the Constitution […]

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4 Takeaways From a Close Look at Elliott Broidy

WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy worked his way through school at a laundromat and later became wealthy as a venture capitalist and defense contractor. Along the way, he became a pillar in the Jewish community of Los Angeles and an influential Republican fund-raiser. In the early days of the Trump administration, Mr. Broidy worked to influence […]

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How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington’s Influence Game

WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State officials to help land a $250 million investment from […]

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Fraud Case Against Bus Maker Shows Risks of Pay Promises in City Contracts

In recent decades, government agencies across the country have used their buying power to benefit American workers. When cities begin development projects or buy expensive equipment, they sometimes award contracts or subsidies contingent on job creation, or they impose wage requirements. The Obama administration required federal contractors to pay workers more than $10 an hour […]

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This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True

SEATTLE — The company called One Concern has all the characteristics of a buzzy and promising Silicon Valley start-up: young founders from Stanford, tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and a board with prominent names. Its particular niche is disaster response. And it markets a way to use artificial intelligence to address one […]

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In Pentagon Contract Fight, Amazon Has Foes in High Places

It sounded like the dullest of developments: the award of a big Pentagon I.T. contract was postponed so the new defense secretary could review it. But the competition over the $10 billion, 10-year contract to transform the military’s computing systems has been fierce, and the highly unusual, last-minute intervention by President Trump this week was […]

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Pentagon Delays Award of $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract

The Pentagon said on Thursday that it was delaying the award of a hotly contested $10 billion contract for cloud computing services for the military until the secretary of defense, Mark T. Esper, can review the matter. The announcement came two weeks after President Trump said he would be looking “very seriously” at the contract […]

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A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Months after landing its first job in nearly a decade on the New York City subway, a Long Island construction firm hosted an intimate fund-raiser in its luxury suite at Citi Field for a special guest: Gov. Andrew M. […]

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Cuomo Said Contractors Benefit From the M.T.A., but So Does Cuomo

Weather: Mostly sunny, then a slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. The mercury should be around 90. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 11. ImageCreditRichard Drew/Associated Press One of the most recent examples came during a radio interview last month, when he said the M.T.A. has “an incestuous relationship” with “bad contractors” that profit off […]

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Trump Says He May Intervene in Huge Pentagon Contract Sought by Amazon

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that he was looking “very seriously” at intervening in the hard-fought commercial battle for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract for which Amazon, a company he has frequently attacked, is seen as the leading contender. For the president to weigh in on the award of a major […]

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Puerto Rico Ex-Officials Accused of Steering $15.5 Million in Contracts to Consultants

MIAMI — The federal authorities in Puerto Rico unveiled a sprawling corruption investigation into high levels of the island’s government on Wednesday, announcing arrests and criminal charges against six people, including two former agency directors. The Justice Department accused Julia Keleher, the former education secretary, and Ángela Ávila Marrero, the former executive director of the […]

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Texas Is Latest State to Pump the Brakes on Red-Light Cameras

On a recent morning in May, Carlos Barrientos drove up to a Belt Line Road intersection on his way to work in Grand Prairie, Tex. His breakfast sandwich, sports drink, backpack and papers were arranged around him and on the seats, so Mr. Barrientos, 23, tried to avoid making sudden moves. Suddenly a yellow traffic […]

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