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

$53 million “unassigned” at BBG

Below is a list of Broadcasting Board of Governors offices and the dollar amount of contracts they signed from 1999 to 2018. The BBG’s Office of Technology, Services and Innovation signed more than $150 million in contracts. Interestingly, $53,206,734 in contracts were marked “unassigned,” which makes it difficult for taxpayers to know how that money … Read more

Cuban poet’s earnings top $1 million

Cuba poet Orlando González Esteva has earned more than $1 million through his work with Radio & TV Martí, federal contracts show. The former Broadcasting Board of Governors, now called the U.S. Agency for Global Media, paid a total of $81,442,406 to artists, writers and performers from 2001 to 2018, records show. (See BBG’s top … Read more