State, USAID Need More Power To End War Contracts: Report

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development have improved their efforts to prevent U.S. contract dollars from reaching insurgents in Afghanistan, but both agencies need stronger authority to terminate suspect contracts, a federal watchdog reported Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Defense was given additional authority to cut off contracts with suspected enemies in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, but the State Department and USAID, which also have significant contracts in Afghanistan, have not been given the same power, the Special Inspector...
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