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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...

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2009-03-04 07:40:00

A new report released Tuesday by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) finds that Americans are exposed to seven times more radiation from diagnostic scans today than they were in 1980. The figures support other evidence that doctors are ordering too many diagnostic tests, increasing healthcare costs and potentially harming patients. A July study by the Government Accountability Office found Medicare spending on imaging doubled to nearly $14 billion annually...

2009-02-26 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The chief executive of the nation's largest veterinary association appeared before a Senate subcommittee today, addressing an alarming new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that details a dangerous shortage of veterinarians available to fill critical positions in the federal government. Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), testified before the Senate Homeland Security and...

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2009-01-23 07:29:23

According to the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a "high-risk" area of the federal government because it may not be able to protect the public from harmful food and drugs. The GAO reported on Thursday that the FDA was being hindered by complex products, globalization, and laws that have made it difficult for the agency to guarantee the safety of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. At the start of each new Congress, the GAO releases a "high-risk"...

2009-01-22 15:54:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey: The removal of air traffic modernization from GAO's list of high-risk government programs is an endorsement of years of effort to make improvements and should boost development of the new satellite-based air transportation system, known as NextGen. In the report, GAO officials said the FAA addressed most of the root causes of past problems and has shown commitment to...

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2009-01-16 07:15:00

An in-depth investigation into certain medical devices has uncovered that many have won government approval without a close scientific review. Congress ordered the Food and Drug Administration years ago to resolve the issue, but the Government Accountability Office said in a report that during the four years between 2003-2007, the agency approved 228 medical devices without a full-scale review. According to the consumer group Public Citizen many devices approved under the less rigorous...

2009-01-15 13:28:08

A U.S. health agency does only minimal testing before approving high-tech medical devices, despite an order to do full reviews, a federal report said Thursday. Most of these complex devices such as pace makers and replacement heart valves receive quick approvals with minimal testing because manufacturers tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the products operate just like older devices already approved, the Government Accountability Office report said. So on the one hand, the...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.