Investigation: Government Contracting

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Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Jeff Leen
Washington Post Staff Writer and Assistant Managing Editor, Investigations
Tuesday, August 7, 2012; 12:00 PM

"You been sleepin?" George Raymond wrote to Catherine Campbell in September 2005.

"I slept some," she wrote back. "Just got out of the shower."

"Oh boy," he wrote.

Theirs was a cozy relationship, and they worked in a world where such cozy relationships are officially frowned upon. Raymond, now 61, was the director of a technology program for the U.S. Army, and Campbell, now 47, was a favored contractor. As they grew close, the lines between their public duties and private lives blurred, drawing them into a morass of ethical and legal allegations surrounding government contracts worth up to $191 million.

Read the Article: A $191 Million Question

Washington Post staff writer Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Jeff Leen, Post Assistant Manager for Investigations, will be online Friday, Aug. 7, at Noon ET to discuss the government's $532 billion procurement system and how oversight and conflicts of interest led to allegations of collusion and impropriety.

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