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2009-10-27 06:15:00

The FDA needs to be more effective in determining a drug's efficiency after being approved, according to a report issued on Monday by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said that the Food and Drug Administration is quick to approve drugs for the market, but fails to follow up on how well the drug is performing among patients. The GAO classified the FDA's process as "accelerated approval" based solely on preliminary reports rather than ensuring that the drug is working for patients...

2009-10-06 12:54:00

Contract Discriminates Against Majority of New Hampshire's Construction Workforce WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member company North Branch Construction, a Concord, N.H.-based general contractor, Oct. 5 filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The complaint accuses the DOL of violating federal law by mandating the use of a project labor agreement (PLA) -- a...

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2009-09-28 05:50:00

A Government Accountability Office report has revealed that a Medicare program intended to evaluate the conditions of US nursing homes has overlooked hundreds of unkempt facilities. According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has listed up to 136 nursing homes as "special focus facilities," which means they are inspected more frequently because they have received low grades for their living conditions. However, a recent report from the GOA found that the...

2009-09-11 14:23:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report requested by a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators that raises concerns about fundamental operations at the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), specifically its inconsistent coordination when exercising in collaboration with the very State, local, and tribal governments that the Command was created to support. The report, entitled Homeland Defense: U.S. Northern Command Has...

2009-07-27 10:15:03

Washington used a flawed study to select a tornado-prone area of Kansas for a $700 million infectious-pathogens biosecurity lab, a government report says. The Department of Homeland Security's analysis was not scientifically defensible in concluding Kansas or any other U.S. mainland location could safely handle dangerous animal diseases, the Government Accountability Office said in draft report obtained by The Washington Post. The department -- whose responsibilities include protecting U.S....

2009-07-27 10:15:03

Washington used a flawed study to select a tornado-prone area of Kansas for a $700 million infectious-pathogens biosecurity lab, a government report says. The Department of Homeland Security's analysis was not scientifically defensible in concluding Kansas or any other U.S. mainland location could safely handle dangerous animal diseases, the Government Accountability Office said in draft report obtained by The Washington Post. The department -- whose responsibilities include protecting U.S....

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2009-07-26 07:20:00

A weather satellite program that has been scrutinized as being poorly run and plagued with delays and cost escalation is now set to receive $100 million more in funding from the Obama administration. The additional money has been requested for fiscal year 2010 for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). NPOESS is the United States' next-generation satellite system that will monitor the Earth's weather, atmosphere, oceans, land, and near-space...

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2009-06-19 10:55:27

In a review of the FDA's oversight of medical devices, a Government Accountability Office (GOA) discovered a high level of deficiency, which would expose the public to potentially harmful and defective medical devices. The report was submitted yesterday as testimony at a congressional hearing about possible legislation that would give the patient the ability once again to file lawsuits against the makers of medical devices. In order to provide patients with better protection from safety...

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2009-05-22 06:25:00

The U.S. Air Force has recently attempted to allay fears that the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that helps guides millions of car navigation systems is going to crash. Initial concerns were raised during a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the GPS system, which is also used heavily by the U.S. military, could be running into some serious disruptions due to a shortage of orbiting satellites. "It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire...

2009-03-26 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Daniel S. Dueber, CEO of Coast Independent Review Board (IRB), testified today before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building. Coast IRB was targeted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a clandestine sting operation at the request of the Committee. Coast was singled out despite the absence of proof that Coast had committed any crime. No crime was...


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