Britain reaches WTO deal on govt contracts post-Brexit
GENEVA (AP) — Britain struck a trade deal Wednesday for a post-Brexit world, obtaining approval from other World Trade Organization members to stay part of a competitive market for lucrative...
Jailed former Rio governor admits he received bribes
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Carbal, who long proclaimed his innocence of corruption charges that put him in prison, has admitted for the first time that he...
Louisiana company accused of illegally giving $100K to PAC
CUT OFF, La. (AP) — A Louisiana company is named in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that says the business broke the law by making a $100,000 contribution to a conservative...
End of shutdown still leaves contract workers hanging
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty over when they'll resume work or whether they'll ever be paid for time lost to the stalemate over President Donald Trump's border wall.
Feds: Former lawmaker defrauded minority contractor program
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a former state lawmaker in Virginia of defrauding a program that awards lucrative government contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities.
Ex-North Carolina official pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina county official has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud taxpayers by accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.
Judge: No Puerto Rico trip for convicted ex-county official
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina official guilty of conspiring to defraud the federal government cannot go on vacation to Puerto Rico this month.
Nashville mayor backs contracting changes on race, gender
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley is backing policy changes to address race and gender disparities in the city's government contracting process.
On Wednesday, Briley announced his support for legislation to establish annual women- and minority-owned contract procurement goals for Nashville's government and for specific city projects. The goals would be based on market availability.
BlueCross BlueShield of S Carolina to lay off 244 workers
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina says it is laying off nearly 250 employees.
The Post and Courier reports the layoffs are set to take effect Wednesday and will affect those who work at PGBA, a subsidiary that handles government contracts. The BlueCross subsidiary has offices in Surfside Beach and Florence.
Former county official pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina official has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government by accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.
Whitefish Energy gets US contracts after Puerto Rico ouster
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts.
Intelligence officers, business owner accused of bid scheme
DENVER (AP) — Two U.S. intelligence officers and a business owner have been indicted on charges of attempting to rig a government contract worth nearly $1.5 million.
The Denver Post reports the indictments were handed up Friday against National Security Agency employee Randolph Stimac, Air Force Maj. Kevin Kuciapinski and Mykhael Kuciapinski, owner of a business called Company G.
3 accused of trying to manipulate US government contracts
DENVER (AP) — Three people have been arrested on charges of trying to steer U.S. government contracts to specific companies in exchange for bribes or sham training fees.
The U.S. attorney's office in Denver said Wednesday the three face charges including paying and receiving bribes and conspiracy.
Prosecutors say they tried to manipulate two Veterans Affairs Department contracts for medical equipment so that clients of two of the defendants would get the business.
Contract complaint prompts federal probe of commuter system
ATLANTA (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration is investigating a Georgia commuter system over a complaint that it violated a law ensuring minority- and women-owned businesses get a share of government contracts.
Mexico’s outgoing president speaks of mansion scandal
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto says a scandal early in his administration was perfectly legal, but he understands the impact it had on his government's credibility.
In November 2014, an investigative team run by journalist Carmen Aristegui reported that Pena Nieto's wife was buying a mansion with financing from a builder who had received state government contracts while he was governor.
Former company operator sentenced for ‘Rent-A-Vet’ scheme
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who operated a construction company was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison without parole for participating in a "rent-a-vet" scheme to obtain millions of dollars in federal contracts.
Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Wilson, of Belton, was sentenced Thursday and ordered to forfeit about $2.1 million to the government.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Three former North Carolina county managers have been indicted after federal prosecutors say they took business kickbacks for years in exchange for $15 million in government contracts.
- The Times-TribuneEnd Contract To Prove There Is OneMarch 19, 2019
- Valley Morning StarSecurity firms at odds on contract : Dispute stems from Port Isabel CenterFebruary 4, 2019
- The Brownsville HeraldPrivate security firms fight over immigration detention center contractFebruary 4, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalEpic Systems Corp. loses $624 million government contractFebruary 3, 2019
- Cleveland.comGovernment shutdown hurts contractors as well as federal workersJanuary 23, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Several Alaska Native corporations and their subsidiaries are contracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in work involving detaining and guarding migrants, patrolling the nation's borders and maintaining detention centers.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian businessman famous for amassing and then losing a multi-billion-dollar fortune has been convicted of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Eike Batista was found guilty of paying around $16.5 million in bribes to the then-Rio de Janeiro governor to gain an advantage in government contracts. Ex-Gov. Sergio Cabral was also convicted — one of several corruption cases against Cabral, who is already in prison.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A man who worked at Fort Polk in Louisiana has been charged with accepting $25,000 in bribes from a company's co-owner in exchange for his help in securing government contracts at the U.S. Army base.
An indictment handed up last Thursday by a federal grand jury charges Robert A. Wilson, 51, of Leander, with 21 counts of receiving an illegal gratuity by a public official.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Veteran Democratic political consultant Larry O'Bryan was given simple instructions: Meet lobbyist Jim Sullivan in a parking lot to pick up a $5,000 bribe and deliver it to a high-ranking state official to win favorable treatment in the complex government contracting process.
They called the bribes "Christmas presents." And when O'Bryan got in Sullivan's car that night in 2009, he was surprised to see multiple envelopes in the high-powered lobbyist's car.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A civilian worker at a New Jersey military base has admitted his role in a scheme that traded bribes and other gratuities for favorable treatment on government contracts.
Joseph Gooch pleaded guilty Tuesday.
The 60-year-old Morristown man was a general engineer who was the army's representative on contracts made with federal contracting companies. He had the authority to evaluate a contracting company's work and could influence whether additional contracts should be granted.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are alleging that two Topeka businessmen and a Kansas City-area man operated a $352 million business fraud scheme that involved using minority or disabled military veterans to obtain federal business contracts.
Former Navy senior chief sentenced for fraud
Norfolk, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors in Virginia say a former U.S. Navy senior chief has been sentenced for his involvement in a procurement fraud scheme that resulted in a $2.3 million loss to the Navy.
The Virginian-Pilot reports 42-year-old Clayton Pressley III, of Chesapeake, was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Revenue will lay off nearly 60 employees as it moves its information technology service to CGI Technologies, which was given no-bid contracts worth nearly $60 million despite criticism of its operations in the rollout of the federal health care website in 2013.
DOE signals one-year contract extension for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to extend the contract of the Savannah River Site's current management and operations agency.
- Business WireCORRECTING and REPLACING Maryland Tech Council Announces the Finalists for the Industry Awards CelebrationMarch 11, 2019
- Business WireRingCentral Secures Two New Government Contracting Vehicles for State, Local & Education ClientsFebruary 6, 2019
- ACCESSWIREThe Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore Integration Partnership and BLocal to Host ''Procuring Opportunity: A Procurement & Reverse Vendor Fair for Small Businesses''January 31, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah construction companies have agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a whistleblower's lawsuit alleging abuse of a federal program that helps small businesses.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the Salt Lake City-based Big-D Construction Corp. already has paid more than $1 million and the Ogden-based Creative Times Dayschool Inc. will pay $150,000 in the coming months as part of the settlement agreement.
Neither company admits any wrongdoing or liability.
BOSTON (AP) — Beacon Hill lawmakers are trying to push through legislation they say will help make sure the internet remains as level a playing field as possible, even after U.S. regulators rolled back federal "net neutrality" rules.
A bill under consideration by the Massachusetts Senate aims to promote net neutrality through state government contracts and by targeting practices like blocking or "throttling" down the speed of some internet content, while prioritizing other content.
Massachusetts Senate bill aims to protect net neutrality
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Senate panel is proposing legislation in response to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.
The proposal unveiled Monday aims to promote net neutrality through state government contracts and protect consumer privacy by banning internet service providers from collecting, using or disseminating personal data without consent.
The federal government is the world’s biggest customer and a major driver in New Mexico’s economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are pressing Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on whether a key member of his taxpayer-funded security team improperly steered a government contract to a personal business associate.
Spouse of Cuyahoga County administrator cited in subpoena works for contractor also named in subpoena
Spouse of Cuyahoga County administrator cited in subpoena works for contractor also named in subpoena
Air Force One is upgrading its refrigerators, and the cost to taxpayers will be a cool $24 million.
Under a new government contract awarded to Boeing, the U.S. Air Force will pay the aeronautics behemoth to replace two of the five chiller units on the plane currently used by President Donald Trump.
Guatemala prosecutors detail probe into Odebrecht bribes
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors revealed details Wednesday of an investigation into $17.9 million in bribes allegedly paid by the Brazilian company Odebrecht to local officials, politicians and private citizens in Guatemala.
The Latest: Defiant da Silva tells rally he’s not guilty
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — The latest on the appeal of a graft conviction against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (all times local):
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has defiantly told supporters that he is not guilty of any crime despite an appeals court's decision to uphold a corruption conviction against him.
Watchdog says Ohio agency lacks fair purchasing policies
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's government contracting agency lacks rules for ensuring equal and fair competitive bidding by outside IT vendors, the state watchdog said in a report issued Monday.
Inspector General Randall Meyer found the Department of Administrative Services' contract process for information technology threatens the "fair, open, and honest market place" for businesses.
Ex-federal official indicted in bribery scheme at Hoover Dam
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime former official for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Nevada has been indicted on federal fraud charges for his alleged role in a bribery scheme involving a government contract at the Hoover Dam.
The grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday in federal court in Las Vegas accuses 46-year-old Fredrick Leavitt of Henderson of accepting a $200,000 bribe to help steer a contract to a local accounting and tax firm in 2015.
The Small Business Administration's Pittsburgh office is holding a 15-minute online chat on how to navigate a free website showing government contract solicitations.
Louisiana Medicaid contracts proposed for 2-year extension
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department wants to keep the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients in place, extending the lucrative government contracts for another two years.
Lawmakers on the joint House and Senate budget committee on Friday will consider whether to approve the extensions, expected to cost $15 billion with federal and state dollars.
US demands raise fears that leaving NAFTA could hurt economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The North American Free Trade Agreement is in its 23rd year. But there are growing doubts that it will survive through its 24th.
President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement if he can't get what he wants in a renegotiation. But what he wants — from requiring that more auto production be made-in-America to shifting more government contracts to U.S. companies — will likely be unacceptable to America's two NAFTA partners, Mexico and Canada.
EPA buys Pruitt a special booth for secret communications
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to provide Administrator Scott Pruitt something none of his predecessors have had — a custom soundproof booth for making private phone calls.
US advises banks to be on lookout for Venezuelan corruption
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. Treasury is advising banks to be on the lookout for suspicious financial activity involving corrupt Venezuelan officials as the Trump administration tightens its financial noose around President Nicolas Maduro's embattled socialist government.
Mongolian prime minister voted out over graft allegations
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolian lawmakers voted to dismiss the prime minister and his Cabinet for alleged incompetence and corruption related to the signing of government contracts with companies linked to three Cabinet members.
A majority of lawmakers from the ruling Mongolian People's Party joined with members of the opposition to pass the motion demanding that Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old Cabinet resign over the granting of contracts worth $328 million.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — When a car carrying a father and son plunged into a giant sinkhole that opened on a highway in central Mexico, it caused Mexicans to shudder, not just at the men's agonizing deaths, but at the corruption, shoddy work and dubious government contracts it exposed.
The highway connecting Mexico City and the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco had only recently been redone and was still festooned with inaugural banners proclaiming "Thank you, Mr. President!" for the project.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of a likely Senate candidate averages a 26.5-hour work week in her $240,000-a-year job doing legal consulting for an Indianapolis suburb, according to timesheets reviewed by The Associated Press.
Local braided rug company helping with history
TILTON, N.H. (AP) — In 1968, after 15 years of work, Janice Jurta's father-in-law, George, got a patent for a machine that braided the wool needed for rugs.
With his new invention in hand, George opened Country Braid House with his wife, Marian.
Now, nearly 50 years later, Janice runs the company established by her in-laws, selling about 200 braided rugs a year and netting government contracts to breathe new life into treasured historic artifacts.
Adoption ‘czar’ contract clears legislative panel
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A $250,000 no-bid state contract awarded to a Southern Baptist professor to assess Kentucky's troubled child welfare system cleared a legislative committee on Tuesday over the objections of a Democratic state senator.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Cabinet minister in the Dominican Republic will remain in custody as he faces charges in a corruption case involving the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Supreme Court Justice Francisco Ortega ruled Wednesday that Industry and Commerce Minister Tamistocles Montas will be held for at least six months of "preventive detention" as authorities investigate allegations that Odebrecht paid bribes to secure government construction contracts.