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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...

2006-05-11 18:00:01

Please read in 14th and 15th paragraphs "...the GAO's Linda Koontz..." instead of "...Linda Springer, Director of the Office of Personnel Management...." By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If a flu pandemic forced 40 percent of workers to stay home, telecommuting could help keep governments and businesses running -- but hardly any are set up to do this, experts told the U.S. Congress on Thursday. A report from the Government Accountability Office...

2006-04-24 22:40:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - States routinely allow new companies to incorporate without learning the identity of the owners, making it easy for new companies to launder money and engage in other illegal activities, congressional investigators said on Monday. The lax state procedures mean that criminals can set up shell companies that appear to be legitimate but conceal illegal money movements, according to a report prepared by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office. "People...

2006-04-23 23:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers should give the Food and Drug Administration the power to require additional studies from drug-makers after their products hit the market, according to a report released on Monday that found lingering safety problems at the agency. The Government Accountability Office said there is no clear process for the FDA to monitor already approved products. "FDA lacks a clear and effective process for making decisions about, and providing management oversight of, postmarket drug...

2006-04-04 21:25:00

By JoAnne Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's emphasis on abstinence in a program to fight AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean is hampering prevention efforts in the countries it aims to help, congressional investigators said on Tuesday. President George W. Bush's $15 billion AIDS relief plan requires that two-thirds of funds for preventing sexual HIV transmission be used to promote "ABC" programs -- abstain, be faithful or use a condom. An audit by the nonpartisan Government...

2006-04-04 12:25:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Professional tax preparers make significant errors on returns and often charge the taxpayer more than the client had been told to expect, according to a government study released on Tuesday. The study by the Government Accountability Office was a very limited one, involving 19 outlets of commercial chain tax preparers in one major metropolitan area. But lawmakers said it was a red flag about the tax return industry. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles...

2006-03-31 21:39:57

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The projected cost of major U.S. weapons has doubled under President George W. Bush to nearly $1.4 trillion, but the Pentagon is not getting enough bang for its buck, congressional investigators said in a report on Friday. In the fourth annual assessment of its kind, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress's audit and investigative arm, found "no appreciable improvement" in how warplanes, ships and other arms are bought....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.