Iraq Reconstruction

Scrutiny over Iraq contracting is increasing as questions rise over who is profiting and how some lucrative contracts were awarded.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pledged nearly two years ago to fix the broken system of awarding and managing federal contracts. But a new report paints a grim picture of the government's reliance on the private sector for support in war zones and urges a series of reforms to prevent more U.S....
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