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Top Homeland Contractors Had Gov’t Run-Ins

The largest Homeland Security Department contractors include two companies which paid millions to settle charges they defrauded the Pentagon, one firm which paid a foreign corruption fine and a business accused of botching a computer system for veterans hospitals, records show. About a quarter of the $2.5 billion awarded to the 50 largest Homeland Security contractors came under no-bid contracts, agency records show. That’s lower, however, than the 44 percent of Pentagon contracts given under “other than full and open competition.” The rest of the money paid to the top contractors — a bit more than $2 billion — was for contracts awarded through competition, the records show. Some of the nation’s largest federal contractors have won the new business of protecting America from terrorists, including many with a recent history of legal run-ins with the government, the records show. Full Story

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