You Oughta Know

September 2, 2013

Find Defense Department’s military contracts online

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: Military contracts issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Why you’d want them: To learn more about military spending. The department announces contracts valued at $6.5 million by 5 p.m. weekdays.

Where you get them: Go to www.defense.gov/contracts. Information goes back 30 days, and older contracts are available by clicking on the archives.

How much do they cost: The information is free.

Deb Gruver

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