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2008-09-30 18:01:03

To: TRANSPORTATION EDITORS Contact: Victoria Day, +1-202-626-4141, or Elizabeth Merida, +1- 202-626-4025, both of the Air Transport Association WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, applauds the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that affirms the airlines' position that the Department of Transportation (DOT) lacks legal authority to conduct auctions. The...

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2008-09-24 10:35:00

Approximately 6.5 million children involved in the Medicaid public health insurance program have advanced, untreated tooth decay, reports released on Wednesday said. Merely a third of the 20 million kids supported by Medicaid had some dental care at all during the past year. "Children in Medicaid remain at higher risk of dental disease compared to children with private health insurance; children in Medicaid were almost twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay," the Government...

2008-09-18 12:00:21

U.S. regulators do little to enforce laws against exporting toxic waste from TVs, computers and other electronic equipment, congressional investigators report. Only exports of cathode-ray tubes, used in analogue televisions and old-style desktop CRT computer screens, are regulated, the Government Accountability Office said. And even these are being improperly exported, the investigative arm of Congress said in a report requested by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Exporters of...

2008-09-18 09:00:00

U.S. urged to crack down on export of e-waste LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop the export of used computers and other electronic products with toxic materials that endanger foreign workers. U.S. regulators has done little to stop the growing flood of electronic waste fueled by the short lifespan of many products, and by manufacturers who rush to get the latest gizmo or upgrade on the market, the GAO...

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2008-09-18 08:45:00

By Julie Schmit U.S. regulators aren't enforcing even limited laws against exporting toxic waste from used electronics, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. The GAO report is the first time the government has come down hard on toxic e-waste exports, activists say. They can expose workers in poor countries to lead and other hazards. A "substantial" amount of e-waste goes to China and India, the GAO said. There, it's often disposed of unsafely via open-air burning of wire to...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News The federal Environmental Protection Agency should be doing more to monitor and curb the effects of environmental hazards on children's health, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said the EPA has not been using its own advisory committee, which was created to make sure the EPA's regulations, guidance and policies address the risk that "environmental contaminants" pose to children. The report's findings...

2008-08-15 03:00:18

By Swartz, Nikki Facing massive budget cuts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006 decided to close some of its physical research libraries and make the data available online instead. However, in its haste to do so, the EPA may have lost some files, according to government auditors. Testifying before the House Science and Technology Committee's Investigations and Oversight Committee, Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors said the EPAs push to digitize its libraries led...

2008-08-06 00:00:04

By Hope Yen WASHINGTON - The government is putting millions of Medicare dollars at risk by authorizing fictitious sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims with only limited review, congressional investigators say. The study by the Government Accountability Office obtained by The Associated Press sought to follow up on oversight gaps that have plagued the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since at least 2005. Roughly $1 billion...

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2008-08-05 07:52:56

Congressional investigators say the government is squandering millions of dollars by approving the fictitious sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims with only limited review. The Government Accountability Office conducted the study, which followed up on oversight gaps that have plagued the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since at least 2005. During the past year, the investigation found that CMS approved two companies for...

2008-08-05 00:00:03

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is putting millions of Medicare dollars at risk by authorizing fictitious sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims with only limited review, congressional investigators say.The study by the Government Accountability Office obtained by The Associated Press sought to follow up on oversight gaps that have plagued the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since at least 2005....


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