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2008-04-03 00:45:00

A report from the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday criticized federal and state agencies for the record number of bison deaths in Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone is home to almost 3,600 free-roaming bison, some of which routinely migrate from the park during winter for food. This has been a concern to many local officials as it increases the risk of spreading brucellosis"”a contagious bacterial disease that some fear could be transmitted to livestock.In late 2000,...

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2006-09-29 08:47:44

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A congressional committee promised Thursday to scrutinize NASA and its spending as the agency proceeds with a program to take astronauts to the moon and Mars. The space agency faces hidden costs by starting development of the spacecraft and rockets for the program without knowing the price tag of the new technology, a watchdog official warned Thursday in Washington at a hearing of the House Committee on Science. "When you don't abide by those particular principles -...

2006-08-28 15:57:58

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military paid at least 75 Army National Guard and reserve soldiers a total of nearly $900,000 in the months after they deserted their units, the Government Accountability Office said. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said its investigation was limited and probably significantly understated the amount the Department of Defense paid to soldiers who had deserted. It said the problem was not unique to the guard and reserve...

2006-08-14 13:44:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Allegations of wrongdoing by U.S. military recruiters jumped by 50 percent from 2004 to 2005, and criminal violations such as sexual harassment and falsifying documents more than doubled, a congressional agency said on Monday. The Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative agency, said the full extent of violations by military recruiters is unknown because the Defense Department does not have an oversight system. While the GAO said available...

2006-07-28 13:01:27

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home DNA kits that claim to inform people of their risk of certain diseases, ranging from cancer to osteoporosis, offer little real guidance and are often misleading, according to a Congressional report released on Thursday. An investigation into 14 companies that sell the tests showed many gave meaningless information and some tried to sell consumers expensive "customized" supplements that were little different from grocery store vitamin pills....

2006-07-27 17:33:30

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home DNA kits that claim to warn people of their risk of diseases ranging from cancer to osteoporosis offer little real guidance and are often misleading, according to a Congressional report released on Thursday. An investigation into 14 companies that sell the tests showed many gave meaningless information, and some then tried to sell consumers expensive "customized" supplements that were little different from...

2006-07-21 17:05:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Limiting the fees that Medicare pays to doctors has apparently not scared them off taking Medicare patients, and most people trying to find medical care under the program have been able to, according to a government report released on Friday. Some groups have predicted that doctors would drop out of the Medicare program if they are not compensated enough for their time. But the Government Accountability Office checked into this and found no evidence that...

2006-07-19 12:05:00

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A beer-brewing kit and over 50 iPod music players are among hundreds of thousands of dollars' in wasteful purchases by Homeland Security Department employees following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to a report released on Wednesday. Poor oversight allowed department employees to make a wide range of questionable purchases during the response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita last fall, congressional investigators at the Government Accountability...

2006-06-28 19:00:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not enforce clean air and water laws consistently and is crippled by sloppy record keeping, the investigative arm of Congress told a Senate panel on Wednesday. And, while the EPA has taken steps to correct these problems, real reform is still years off, the Government Accountability Office reported to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The EPA's regional offices disagree on which environmental...

2006-06-01 18:17:50

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has spent about $91 billion since the mid-1980s to defend against enemy ballistic missiles, but it has no clear criteria for deciding to use the system and its operational costs remain unclear, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday. The missile defense system, which the Bush administration had hoped to have ready by 2004, is designed to help protect the United States against missiles that could carry...