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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....

2008-08-04 21:00:03

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...

2008-08-04 09:00:05

By Hope Yen Associated Press 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....

2008-07-29 18:00:30

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency has told its staff not to answer questions from the agency's internal watchdog, news reporters or the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, according an internal memo that an environmental group released yesterday. The June 16 memo to the staff of the EPA's enforcement division told them that if they are contacted by the EPA inspector general's office, an independent internal watchdog that monitors the agency, or by the Government...

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2008-07-29 09:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency has told its staff not to answer questions from the agency's internal watchdog, news reporters or the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, according an internal memo that an environmental group released Monday. The June 16 memo to the staff of the EPA's enforcement division told them that if they're contacted by the EPA inspector general's office, an independent internal watchdog that monitors the agency, or by the Government...

2008-07-28 18:00:24

WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency has told its staff not to answer questions from the agency's internal watchdog, news reporters or the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, according an internal memo that an environmental group released Monday. The June 16 memo to the staff of the EPA's enforcement division told them that if they're contacted by the EPA inspector general's office, an independent internal watchdog that monitors the agency, or by the Government...

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2008-07-28 11:05:00

A report recently issued by the Government Accountability Office is shedding light onto a gray area of medical practice and federal oversight: the use of medications to treat conditions other than the ones the drugs were approved for, a practice known as "off-label" prescribing. When federal regulators discover a drug company that is selling prescription medications for unapproved use, it can take them an average of seven months to issue a warning, according to the new report. During that...

2008-07-15 09:00:07

By Eileen Sullivan Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The government is taking too long to secure radioactive materials across the country that could get into terrorists' hands, according to a government report. Radioactive material used for legitimate purposes in medical equipment and food, for instance, could be used to create an explosive device known as a dirty bomb. Experts believe such an attack would be contained to a small area but could have significant psychological impact and have...

2008-07-09 21:00:04

WASHINGTON _ Three weeks after a stinging rebuke from congressional auditors, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that it will reopen bidding for a $35 billion contract to start replacing the Air Force's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the Defense Department would solicit new bids from both Boeing, which complained bitterly after it lost the original competition, and a team composed of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defense and...

2008-07-09 12:00:20

Legislation to standardize how the U.S. government preserves its mounting e-mail communications is sorely needed, a report says. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday that federal officials are inconsistent in how they preserve their e-mail records, creating significant gaps in the public record, The Washington Post reported. The issue of e-mail preservation came to the fore Wednesday as the U.S. House of Representative prepared to vote on a bill...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.