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Justin Rohrlich

Justin Rohrlich is a contributor at Quartz.
Justin Rohrlich is a contributor at Quartz.
Management

The Government May Be Shut Down, But Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Mar-a-Lago Party Tents

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort still needs tents for the winter party season—and taxpayers are footing at least $54,000 of the bill.

Management

The Trump Administration’s Davos 2019 Hotel Bills Have Already Hit $2.9 Million

Sitting U.S. presidents don't normally go to the ritzy Davos conference in Switzerland, but this is Trump's second year.

Defense

The Pentagon Thinks Cyber Ops Could Be The Next WMDs

U.S. military planners are asking researchers how to fight back hackers.

Defense

Ex-Russian Spies Say The U.S. Is Losing Because It Can’t Control Social Media

Ex-Russian Spies Say The U.S. Is Losing Because It Can’t Control Social Media

Management

Donald Trump May Spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago Over Christmas and New Year’s

This would be Trump's longest stay yet at his private Florida resort.

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Customs And Border Protection Is Using Retinal Scans To Try To Catch Liars

They may hold promise as deception-detectors, but some think the technology isn't quite there yet.

Management

Ivanka Trump’s Luxury Weekend In The Dominican Republic Cost Taxpayers $58,000

The first daughter stayed at a "six-star" resort in August.

Management

The DEA Is Hiding Surveillance Cameras In Vacuum Cleaners

Secret video cameras in streetlights, traffic barrels, and now, at least one vacuum cleaner.

Management

Flying Trump To Midterm Rallies To Stump For Republicans Cost Taxpayers Millions

Trump criticized Air Force One travel to campaign stops when Obama was in office.

Management

The Pentagon Awarded a New Contract To Provide Teachers To Gitmo Detainees

Only male instructors are welcome "due to cultural and religious considerations."

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Border Patrol Needs Extra Toilets To Handle All The Families It’s Detaining

The largest immigration processing center in the U.S. will be renting at least 34 portable toilets to be used by as many as 1,500 detainees.

Oversight

The IRS Oversight Board Is Worried About a 'Serious Threat to Taxpayer Rights'

Private debt collectors under contract to the agency are squeezing poor people and hurricane victims.

Management

CBP Has an 'Urgent' Need for Riot Gear, According to Contracting Documents

Trump has likened the caravan to an "invasion"— and Customs and Border Protection seems to want its agents ready for one.

Management

The DEA And ICE Are Hiding Surveillance Cameras in Streetlights

"I can tell you this—things are always being watched."