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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...

2005-11-14 13:12:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's initial review of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s bid to sell the Plan B "morning-after" contraceptive without a prescription was "unusual," congressional investigators said in a report released on Monday. "FDA's high-level management was more involved in the review of Plan B than in those of other (over-the-counter) switch applications," the Government Accountability Office said in a report. The GAO report probed the FDA's...

2005-11-14 12:17:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration review of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s bid to sell the Plan B "morning-after" contraceptive without a prescription has been "unusual," congressional investigators said in a report released on Monday. "FDA's high-level management was more involved in the review of Plan B than in those of other (over-the-counter) switch applications," the Government Accountability Office said in a report. The FDA indefinitely postponed a...

2005-11-04 18:48:58

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Workers generally lose retirement benefits when employers switch from traditional pensions to cash balance plans, a congressional study released on Friday said. And the study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that older workers lose more benefits than younger ones when plans are changed. Hundreds of companies switched to cash balance plans in the 1990s, through which workers have an individual account balance based on pay...

2005-10-20 18:28:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation by Democrats requiring government agencies to disclose their role in prepackaged news stories they issue, in a move to clamp down on what has been called covert propaganda. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure that requires the packages to clearly notify the audience that the U.S. government prepared the segment or funded it. "The American people deserve the truth, not fake news from their own...

2005-10-20 12:49:51

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Guard units are under-equipped and increasingly unready to help in domestic disaster relief because essential gear is left behind after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional report said on Thursday. Heavy demands on the Guard since September 11, 2001, have caused "declining readiness, weakening the Army National Guard's preparedness for future missions," the Government Accountability Office said. It said the Pentagon's...

2005-10-07 19:33:34

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have no timeline yet for completing national rail security planning and should consider techniques used by European authorities, congressional investigators said on Friday. The Government Accountability Office report was released as New York City boosted subway security following an attack threat. The review concluded that federal officials have made some progress but still must develop a consistent approach for analyzing risks...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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