December 12, 2014 -
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of a report this week documenting the CIA's use of torture against detainees following the 9/11 attacks. It offers revealing details on the involvement of private contractors in those human rights violations -- including an aviation firm based in North Carolina.
November 21, 2014 -
A report released this week by the Sunlight Foundation calculated what 200 of America's most politically active corporations invested in federal lobbying and campaign contributions over six years -- and the value of what they got in return: $760 in federal support and contracts for every $1 spent.
August 4, 2014 -
Should companies that reincorporate abroad to avoid federal taxes be able to win federal contracts? A group of Democratic members of Congress has drafted legislation to halt the practice.
October 25, 2013 -
Representatives of companies that got the lion's share of lucrative contracts to build the problem-ridden federal health exchange website -- including Virginia-based CGI Federal and Atlanta-based Equifax -- testified before a House committee this week and acted as if they were innocent bystanders at someone else's train wreck.
June 10, 2013 -
Booz Allen Hamilton employed Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's massive domestic spying program. The Virginia-based company has long had close ties to government intelligence.
November 29, 2012 -
The government's decision to at least temporarily ban BP from federal contracts is a result of not just the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill, but years of safety problems at the oil giant.
November 16, 2012 -
The oil giant has agreed to pay the largest criminal fine in U.S. history, and three of its managers were indicted on charges including felony manslaughter. But the company says it plans to "vigorously defend" itself against pending civil claims, even while its spilled oil still washes ashore and people and sea life continue to suffer.
September 21, 2012 -
From arranging their affairs so they get checks from the IRS rather than writing them, to their reliance on government contracts, U.S. corporations show a serious dependency on public assistance.
May 19, 2006 -
One of the great obscenities of the government response post-Katrina is that, while officials failed to provide food, evacuation buses, and other assistance, they somehow found the ability to deploy massive security detachments.