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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

BP Boosts PAC Giving as Company Fights Suspension

As BP fights a suspension from U.S. government contracting stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the London-based company is boosting its campaign contributions. The company’s political action committee made $208,000 in donations in 2013, almost three times the $70,500 it gave during 2011,...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: $17.6 Billion

That’s the value of contracts awarded by the Defense Department in August, that $17.6 billion representing a decline of almost 34 percent from the same month a year earlier. The decline was blamed on sequestration, as the Pentagon faced the...

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon Off (Oops) by Billions

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 5 that C.R. Bard Inc. won a maximum $4.67 billion, one-year deal to deliver surgical products to the military. The award would have been a coup for Bard, representing almost twice the company’s $2.9 billion...

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

`Marine One’ Contractors Bid Anew

Let’s try this again: The U.S. Navy last week announced plans for a competition to develop and build a new fleet of presidential helicopters. The draft notice came three years after the service canceled a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. for...

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A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Veteran Hiring Preferences: Not Always — 18 Times No, GAO Says of V.A.

Vets come first under a 2006 law designed to give small business owners who served in the military first dibs on contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs. That is, unless they’re up against a few other preferred groups, according...

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