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ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2004
A Los Angeles protest by the Don't Count Us Out Coalition has apparently prompted a senior Nielsen Media Research spokesman to agree to an independent audit of its data. Minority advocacy groups have criticized Nielsen Media Research's electronic "people meter," planned to begin in July, arguing the new methodology will undercount minority television viewers. As a result, they say, there will likely be fewer programs serving those viewers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1988
Lawyers for the state auditor general's office and the City of Irwindale are working out an agreement under which a Riverside County judge would decide whether the state has a right to audit Irwindale's books. The state is trying to determine if a $10-million advance to the Los Angeles Raiders exceeded voter-imposed spending limits, attorneys said Tuesday. The case has been in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona, where Judge Thomas Nuss on Tuesday postponed the matter for another week.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
A congressional audit has been ordered on a new system for measuring TV viewership in big cities, which some critics contend will undercount blacks and Latinos. In asking the General Accounting Office to look into Nielsen Media Research's methodology, Congress wants Nielsen to delay full implementation of its new system in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, said Jon Tripp, spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996
The Inglewood Unified School District entered the final chapter of its tale of misappropriated funds and management oversights Thursday when district officials discussed publicly the recommendations made in a 10-month audit of the district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989
The Los Angeles County coroner's office, already the subject of a district attorney's investigation, will undergo a management audit, the county's chief auditor said Tuesday. Chief Auditor J. Tyler McCauley declined to say whether the audit is connected to the district attorney's investigation. The district attorney is looking into allegations that employees in the coroner's office have colluded with private funeral homes to charge the federal government for the funeral expenses of indigent veterans already cremated at county expense.
NEWS
March 17, 1992 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expressing outrage over spending by its staff, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission on Monday ordered an immediate independent audit of the agency's financial practices and management policies. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, chairman of the commission, called the agency's spending habits cavalier and called for a range of reforms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS
A Torrance psychiatrist hired to lead an outside audit of medication practices at Orangewood Children's Home has agreed to hand over her report after withholding it for more than two months, a county official said Monday. Dr. Melinda Young is expected to turn in her report by next week, county Mental Health Director Timothy Mullins said. Young had withheld the report because she feared being sued for defamation, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
City Controller Laura Chick, citing an "open disdain for good government," criticized the commissioners and staff who oversee the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday for failing to implement reforms outlined in an audit two years ago. The Board of Harbor Commissioners has neglected to adopt a formal policy for awarding shipping leases, even though the port staff drafted a policy more than a year ago, Chick said Thursday as she released a follow-up audit.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be the next Federal Reserve chair gives critics of the central bank something they rarely have: leverage to force some changes. As the Senate Banking Committee prepares for a confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plans to delay a vote on Yellen's nomination by the full Senate unless Democratic leaders bring up his bill to require more expansive audits of the Fed. Although Paul is not on the Banking Committee, half of the Republicans on the panel co-sponsored his bill.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Internal Revenue Service said it audited more high-income taxpayers in 2002 and collected $32.6 billion in unpaid taxes through traditional audits and newer programs aimed at taxpayers who never file a return or underreport their income. The number of audits focusing on people who make more than $100,000 rose by more than 22% during the budget year that ended Sept. 30, reflecting an enforcement strategy focused on those most likely to evade tax collectors.
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