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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...

2005-11-30 18:35:00

WASHINGTON -- 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 Waxman of...

2005-11-29 15:00:21

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. programs to help countries choke off terrorist funds are hamstrung by turf battles, leadership squabbles and confusion over available funding, the investigative arm of Congress said on Tuesday. For example, the study by the Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Treasury and State Departments could not even agree on who was in charge of training and assistance abroad. Several government departments...

2005-11-16 00:17:47

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration needs to strengthen the security of domestic air cargo, Congressional investigators said in a report released on Wednesday. With six billion pounds of air cargo transported annually on passenger aircraft within the United States, the Government Accountability Office said the Transportation Security Administration should complete an assessment of air cargo vulnerabilities. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, also recommended that...

2005-11-14 17:29:35

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Food and Drug Administration officials may have decided to reject a politically sensitive request for over-the-counter sales of a "morning-after" contraceptive months before agency scientists finished reviewing scientific data, congressional investigators said on Monday. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the FDA's May 2004 rejection of Barr Pharmaceuticals' bid for the Plan B contraceptive was "unusual," in...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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