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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...

2006-02-01 16:43:39

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Failure to designate a single person to take charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina led to confusion and a lack of decisive action after the devastating storm, congressional investigators said on Wednesday. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told a separate Senate investigation the city was updating its evacuation plans and would be ready to handle the next hurricane season. A report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress'...

2006-02-01 13:34:53

(Please read in second paragraph ... the next hurricane season ... instead of next year's hurricane season.) A corrected version follows: By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Failure to designate a single person in charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina led to confusion and a lack of decisive action in the aftermath of the devastating storm, congressional investigators said on Wednesday. And New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told a separate Senate investigation that the...

2006-02-01 13:41:12

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Failure to designate a single person in charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina led to confusion and a lack of decisive action in the aftermath of the devastating storm, congressional investigators said on Wednesday. And New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told a separate Senate investigation that the city was updating its evacuation plans and will eventually be ready to handle the next hurricane season. A report by the Government...

2006-01-23 16:56:32

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service said on Monday it found no breaches of private taxpayer and bank account information after a report last year said unauthorized people may have accessed the data. The U.S. tax agency, which processed more than 224 million individual and business tax returns for 2004, launched the probe after the Government Accountability Office said in April that the IRS "routinely permitted excessive...

2005-12-01 00:34:57

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medicare has received thousands of complaints about its temporary drug discount card, according to a congressional report released on Wednesday as the agency grapples with new gripes about the card's replacement program. The Government Accountability Office said the insurance program for the elderly and disabled received 26,000 complaints and formal grievances about the temporary cards. It took 23 actions against 15 insurers and other card sponsors. Rep. Henry...


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