$1.5 million in secrets

Back in 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development sent me 123 pages of documents about a mysterious foundation’s work in Cuba. At last, the motherlode. There was just one problem: USAID had blacked out almost every trace of information that might shed light on what the Pan American Development Foundation was doing in Cuba. … Read more

Hastening the transition to fabulous wealth

In Jan. 26, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development suspended the non-profit company that ran a Cuba program called “Hastening the Transition to Democracy.” International Relief & Development, or IRD, had received at least $3.5 million for Cuba projects from September 2011 to September 2014. USAID accused IRD of reckless spending and mismanaging contracts, … Read more

Boom goes the Internet

The State Department has awarded at least $1,591,848 to a company called Advanced C4 Solutions Inc., or AC4S. But the contract has nothing to do with C-4, the plastic explosive. It’s linked to another kind of C4: Command, control, communications and computers. Spending records give few details about the contract. The company’s name is redacted … Read more

Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more