U.S. goal: Boost direct-to-home satellite broadcasts to Cuba

The Broadcasting Board of Governors in July awarded a no-bid $171,000 contract to MX1 Ltd. to deliver satellite television signals into Cuba. As part of the contract, MX1 will provide direct-to-home satellite broadcast coverage into Cuba from a satellite known as Hispasat 30W-5. The contractor is required to provide signal strength capable of broadcasting to … Read more

Uncle Sam buys guns, booze, live animals and space vehicles

State Department spending records show that the State Department spent $443,914,384 toward a wide variety of items. Some of the more unusual or unexpected expenses are below. See interactive graphic. $4,423,187 for chemical analysis instruments $3,463,199 for men’s outerwear $3,063,669 in newspapers and periodicals $2,025,334 in unmanned aircraft $1,811,959 in live animals not raised for … Read more

Critics: Contractors part of “shadow government”

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives spent $237,165,675 on personal service contracts from 2016 to 2018. (See full list of contractors). Some critics say such contracts are difficult to trace and form part of a “shadow government.” OTI has operated in Cuba as part of U.S. government efforts to weaken the socialist government and speed the transition … Read more

BBG’s top vendors and contractors

The Broadcasting Board of Governors, now called the U.S. Agency for Global Media, shelled out $1,393,249,355 in contracts from 1999 to 2018. The Intermedia Survey Institute was the No. 1 contractor with a haul of $75,863,816. The company, known as InterMedia, describes itself as a “global research consultancy that partners with mission-driven organizations seeking to … Read more