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POGO Requests Concealed Contractor Information
WASHINGTON - April 21 - Today the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to gain access to all records contained in a newly created contractor responsibility and performance database. The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) to improve the government's ability to evaluate the responsibility of contractors will be accessible to government officials starting April 22, 2010. FAPIIS was created using POGO's contractor misconduct database as a model.
"It's illogical to think that the public will be denied access to a database that compiles press releases, agreements, and information from government websites," commented POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey. "The public should demand access to this information in order to hold agencies and contractors accountable."
POGO believes that contractor responsibility and performance data improves contracting decisions and provides the public with insights into how the government spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars each year on goods and services. Last year, the federal government awarded nearly $524 billion in taxpayer dollars for contracts, but the government grants taxpayers very little information about how that money was awarded and the return on that spending.
FAPIIS was signed into law by President Bush on October 14, 2008, and the final regulation was published in the Federal Register on March 23, 2010. POGO applauds the leadership of Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), as well as the work of Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Carl Levin (D-MI), and John McCain (R-AZ), and who promoted improved contractor accountability. It should also be noted that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) also promoted these efforts while they were in Congress. In the absence of a public centralized federal database listing instances of misconduct, POGO provides such data in our contractor misconduct database, which can be accessed at http://contractormisconduct.org/.