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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...

2009-03-24 11:38:00

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) includes a formal acknowledgement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other enforcement agencies that companies willing to illegally mislabel shrimp products to avoid paying antidumping duties are also evading U.S. food safety efforts. The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), which repeatedly has voiced concern over the unaddressed problem of illegal...

2009-03-18 08:00:00

FAIRFAX, Va., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX), a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations and commercial clients, today announced it has competitively won a re-compete task order for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS) Phoenix Program. Awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management...

2009-03-13 08:57:48

A U.S. government agency says fraud and abuse are partly responsible for a 44 percent increase in Medicare spending on home health services between 2002-2006. In a study issued Friday, the Government Accountability Office said some home healthcare providers exaggerated patients' medical conditions while others billed for unnecessary care or services they didn't provide, USA Today reported. The fraud review was requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance...

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2009-03-05 07:25:00

NASA can land a spacecraft on a peanut-shaped asteroid 150 million miles away, but can't even come close to hitting its own budget goals for building a spacecraft, joked congressional auditors as they reported that the space agency is nearly $1.1 billion in the red on just nine projects over the last couple of years. It's a joke NASA's top officials understand all too well. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the financial watchdog of the U.S. Congress, reviewed NASA's newest...


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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