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Virginia Achieves A-minus Rating for Good Government


The Pew Center on the States announced this week that Virginia received an A-rating overall for the performance of our state government.  See, http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/ 

Virginia is one of only three states to receive an A- rating, with the other two being Utah and Washington. The national average is B-.

Interesting, and perhaps most relevant to readers of this blog, is that Virginia receive an A- rating because, according to the Pew Center, Virginia lags in management of expenditures of state funds, particularly in construction projects. 

To date, the Commonwealth has never used to Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act to hold construction companies accountable when they mismanage funds or fail to deliver promised results.  


Anyone who doubts the potential efficacy of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act to keep construction companies honest needs only to look at the Federal False Claims Act to see the possibilities.  

ZAK 
http://www.cookkitts.com 
zkitts@cookkitts.com 
 

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Qui Tam Resource Tip: the Project on Government Oversight


The Project on Government Oversight http://www.pogo.org maintains an excellent on-line database at http://www.contractormisconduct.org  which lists companies responsible for misconduct on federal contracts.  Some might find it incredible that the feds do not maintain a centralized federal database of contractor misconduct; the POGO database is an effort to meet the definite need for centralized, publicly available information on how hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money is spent.     

The database also includes contractors responsible for misconduct in state and local contracts, but there do not seem to be any entries under this heading.  I am frankly a little surprised that California, with its long history of qui tam prosecutions, does not have a single entry here.  Any thoughts? 

ZAK
zkitts@cookkitts.com
http://www.cookkitts.com