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2009-01-10 06:35:00

NASA's inspector general is not doing enough to police waste and abuse at the space agency, Congressional auditors said. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) compared NASA's in-house financial watchdog to that of 27 other federal agencies, and ranked him second to last, according to a new report obtained by the Associated Press. The report said that NASA saved taxpayers just 36 cents for every dollar their department spent, versus an average of $9.49 among all federal inspectors...

2008-11-06 18:00:21

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) supports the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in calling on the President-Elect and 111th Congress to focus on food safety and preparing for large-scale health disasters as two of the top 13 priority issues facing the country. The GAO released a list of top "urgent issues" for the next President and Congress today. "The GAO recognized that the public health concerns of keeping Americans safe and healthy...

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2008-10-17 09:55:00

A new government report warns that intruders could easily break into U.S. biodefense labs because there is an apparent lack of security. Citizens and lawmakers are now asking if its time for the Bush administration's Biowarfare defense program to be put on halt, saying the program has expanded too fast and security measures have not caught up. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Bush administration decided that the nation needed to develop cures, drug treatments, vaccines and diagnostic...

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2008-10-15 12:05:00

Federal communications official said on Tuesday they expect the pending mandatory switch of all U.S. televisions to digital to be messy, urging broadcasters to step up local efforts to educate the public. Robert McDowell, a Republican on the five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said broadcasters have the most to lose if viewers' screens fade to black when analog signals are turned off. He is urging broadcasters to tailor informational campaigns to local markets. The switch to...

2008-10-08 09:00:24

By Paul Foy Associated Press Congressional investigators are looking at the government's quick -- and legal -- approvals for oil and gas drilling in an investigation called long overdue by environmental groups. Industry executives condemn it as political. Two Government Accountability Office investigators are in Utah as part of a probe into the Bureau of Land Management's practice of approving some drilling projects without a full environmental study of the consequences. The practice,...

2008-09-30 18:01:03

To: TRANSPORTATION EDITORS Contact: Victoria Day, +1-202-626-4141, or Elizabeth Merida, +1- 202-626-4025, both of the Air Transport Association WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, applauds the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that affirms the airlines' position that the Department of Transportation (DOT) lacks legal authority to conduct auctions. The...

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2008-09-24 10:35:00

Approximately 6.5 million children involved in the Medicaid public health insurance program have advanced, untreated tooth decay, reports released on Wednesday said. Merely a third of the 20 million kids supported by Medicaid had some dental care at all during the past year. "Children in Medicaid remain at higher risk of dental disease compared to children with private health insurance; children in Medicaid were almost twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay," the Government...

2008-09-18 12:00:21

U.S. regulators do little to enforce laws against exporting toxic waste from TVs, computers and other electronic equipment, congressional investigators report. Only exports of cathode-ray tubes, used in analogue televisions and old-style desktop CRT computer screens, are regulated, the Government Accountability Office said. And even these are being improperly exported, the investigative arm of Congress said in a report requested by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Exporters of...

2008-09-18 09:00:00

U.S. urged to crack down on export of e-waste LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop the export of used computers and other electronic products with toxic materials that endanger foreign workers. U.S. regulators has done little to stop the growing flood of electronic waste fueled by the short lifespan of many products, and by manufacturers who rush to get the latest gizmo or upgrade on the market, the GAO...

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2008-09-18 08:45:00

By Julie Schmit U.S. regulators aren't enforcing even limited laws against exporting toxic waste from used electronics, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. The GAO report is the first time the government has come down hard on toxic e-waste exports, activists say. They can expose workers in poor countries to lead and other hazards. A "substantial" amount of e-waste goes to China and India, the GAO said. There, it's often disposed of unsafely via open-air burning of wire to...


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