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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...

2005-10-06 14:15:12

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby called for improvements in how the government reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies, but he was unsure about specific reforms that should be pursued. The Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency panel led by the U.S. Treasury, has been under new scrutiny since China's state-controlled CNOOC Ltd. bid for American oil company Unocal. CNOOC...

2005-10-03 13:28:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has returned to investors only a small fraction of the $4.8 billion collected under a post-Enron program for penalizing violators of securities laws and returning the money to those harmed, said a congressional watchdog on Monday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress' investigative arm, also criticized the SEC for shortcomings in efforts to track collections of fines imposed on violators, as well as...

2005-09-27 01:10:00

WASHINGTON -- High-tech networks that link key parts of the U.S. air traffic control system lack important controls and are potentially vulnerable to hackers and others familiar with how those computer programs work, congressional investigators concluded on Monday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in an update to a 2000 report that the Federal Aviation Administration has made progress in protecting information technology systems and noted the agency's contention that its...

2005-09-26 13:52:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five U.S. companies have received nearly half of $1 billion in U.S. government payments under an unfair trade practices program, according to lawmakers who have seen a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report due out on Monday. The five-year-old program requires U.S. Customs to distribute duties collected on unfairly priced or subsidized foreign goods to U.S. companies facing the import competition. The program was declared illegal by the World Trade...

2005-09-23 15:18:44

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tax breaks such as deductions for home mortgage interest and state and local taxes cost the federal government $728 billion last year and need to be reexamined, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report on Friday. Comptroller General David Walker, who heads the agency, said the government must look at ways to rein in the growth of so-called tax expenditures if it is to avoid huge fiscal deficit problems in future years. "We're...

2005-09-12 11:40:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force has taken a step toward seeking new bids in the second phase of the Small Diameter Bomb, a multibillion-dollar Boeing Co. program successfully challenged last year by Lockheed Martin Corp. In an announcement posted on a federal contractor Web site on Friday, the Air Force said it would meet with potential contractors collectively on September 20 and again individually on September 22. It also issued a draft "request for proposals" and asked...

2005-08-18 11:34:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government reforms aimed at saving Medicare and Medicaid $1.9 billion over six years by updating its contract process with outside companies are incomplete, according to a report released on Wednesday. The agency that runs the U.S. insurance programs for the elderly, disabled and poor should take more time to implement changes to its bidding process, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said. Medicare and Medicaid rely on about 50 contractors to...

2005-07-21 19:22:41

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pilots violated U.S. airspace restrictions nearly 3,400 times from mid-September 2001 to the end of 2004, with most of the incidents involving the no-fly area around Washington, D.C., according to a congressional report on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted gaps among key agencies in coordinating the response to aircraft that stray too close to government centers, landmarks, nuclear plants, and areas that are temporarily off...


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.