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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....

2006-03-28 05:23:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the...

2006-03-28 00:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the report on its...

2006-03-23 17:24:03

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army failed to have enough armor ready for trucks used after the 2003 invasion of Iraq even though it was told in 1996 to strengthen the vehicles, congressional investigators said on Thursday. In addition, it took longer to produce the armor once it was ordered because fewer of the truck armor kits were requested than were needed, said the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, Congress's audit and investigative arm. "The Army did...

2006-03-15 22:30:49

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon should slow funding of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the costliest international warplane project, until it is proven in flight tests, U.S. congressional investigators said Wednesday. "Significant development risk remains, and it is likely that current cost and schedule goals will not be met," said the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, Congress's audit and investigative arm. The F-35...

2006-03-14 20:08:19

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems modernization program is now expected to cost $200 billion, including 52 essential complementary programs, the Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday. The Army had taken steps to rein in costs on the complex program led by Boeing Co., but there still wasn't enough knowledge about the program's underlying technologies, making solid cost projections difficult, the watchdog arm of Congress said...

2006-03-14 15:20:53

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States is headed for a financial crisis unless it alters its course of racking up big budget deficits year after year, Comptroller General David Walker told a British audience on Tuesday. "If we continue on our present course, a fiscal crisis is only a matter of time," Walker said in the course of an address to the London School of Economics in which he stressed the need for the United States to get its fiscal house in order. The comptroller general acts...

2006-02-11 01:35:00

NEW YORK -- More than one-third of the 2.5 million applications for individual assistance after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were "potential duplicates," suggesting that FEMA was the victim of extensive fraud, The New York Times reported on Saturday. According to the Government Accountability Office, thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after the devastating storms lashed southern states last year used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, the...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.