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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...

2008-06-19 12:00:22

By Billy House, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 19--WASHINGTON -- Congressional auditors are recommending that a controversial Air Force decision to award a $35 billion military aircraft program to the rival of Chicago-based Boeing Co. be reconsidered. Northrop Grumman Corp. and its partner, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., parent of French aircraft maker Airbus, beat Boeing, winning the order to build the aerial refueling tankers that provide fuel to fighter jets and cargo...

2008-06-19 09:00:14

By Les Blumenthal and David Goldstein, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 19--WASHINGTON -- The aerial tanker wars spun in a new direction Wednesday when the Government Accountability Office accused the Air Force of "significant errors" in awarding its $35 billion contract. In a major victory for Boeing Co. -- and lawmakers from Kansas and Washington state -- the GAO recommended reopening the competition, including rewriting the contract specifications. Those errors, the GAO said, "could...

2008-06-19 06:00:08

By Tim Logan and Philip Dine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 19--The tanker wars will continue. Government auditors Wednesday gave Boeing Co. new life in its fight to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers, with a stinging rebuke of the process that led the Air Force to award the $35 billion job to two Boeing rivals. It's a rebuke so stinging that it "virtually guarantees" the contract will be rebid, industry watchers say. The Government Accountability Office upheld seven...

2008-06-18 21:00:09

By Billy House, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 18--WASHINGTON -- Congressional auditors are recommending that a controversial Air Force decision to award a $35 billion military aircraft program to the rival of Chicago-based Boeing Co. be reconsidered. "Our review of the record led us to conclude that the Air Force has made a number of significant errors that could have affected the outcome of what was a close competition between Boeing and Northrop Grumman," states the Government Accountability...

2008-06-18 21:00:07

CHICAGO _ The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday called on the Air Force to reopen the bidding process on a $35 billion contract to overhaul the service's Eisenhower-era aerial refueling tankers. The GAO decision represents a stunning victory for Chicago-based Boeing Co. which lost out on one of the richest contracts in Pentagon history to a partnership of the Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. A contract to lease new tankers was...

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2008-06-18 21:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The Government Accountability Office Wednesday sustained Boeing's protest of the Air Force's awarding of the multi-billion-dollar refueling tanker contract to Northrop Grumman. Boeing's St. Louis-based defense business had challenged the decision, which had sparked widespread outrage on Capitol Hill and among unions representing Boeing's workers, which objected to the fact that much of Northrop's work would be performed overseas by its European partner EADS. "Our review of the...


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