September 14, 2000 |
Potatoes, onions and other basic commodities hardly seem like risky items for supermarkets to stock. However, growers say they are increasingly being charged tens of thousands of dollars in upfront fees usually reserved for food manufacturers introducing unfamiliar products such as a new flavor of ketchup or variety of potato chip. Growers, regulators and others will gather today in a U.S.
July 13, 2000 |
The federal government has lost millions of dollars from land exchanges, often buying land for more than it is worth and giving up land for less than its market value, congressional auditors reported Wednesday. The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, recommended that lawmakers halt land exchanges by the government's two principal land agencies--the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service--because the swaps often do not serve the public interest. Rep.
June 17, 2000 |
A new report to Congress warns that the Clinton administration's plan for a national missile defense system is based on uncertain assessments of the potential threats and is vulnerable to delays and escalating costs.
May 24, 2000 |
So the good news about contract bundling is that small businesses still appear to be getting a sizable share of federal government contracts. The bad news is there is little hard data available as to how much bundling is going on across all federal agencies. Those are the findings of a just-released audit by the General Accounting Office, which attempted to document the affect of contract bundling on the nation's small businesses.
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March 17, 2000 |
The U.S. General Accounting Office will investigate allegations that INS agents working to combat street gangs were guilty of collusion with Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in the Rampart Division scandal, congressional spokesmen said Thursday. A GAO spokesman, however, offered few details on the probe's focus. He said it would address issues raised by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles).
March 11, 2000 |
The Defense Department should delay selection of a prime contractor for its Joint Strike Fighter program because neither of the two candidates, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., is making sufficient progress, according to a draft congressional audit. The 29-page report, obtained by Bloomberg News, is the first independent review of the JSF project, the largest jet fighter program in U.S. history.
August 28, 1999 |
Allegations of taxpayer abuse--particularly involving the rich and famous--have prompted an Illinois congressman to call for a federal investigation of state tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board. Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.), in a letter to the General Accounting Office, cited an Aug. 2 story in The Times about the FTB's tough collection tactics.
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August 19, 1999 |
A federal inquiry into alleged fraud within Los Angeles County's child support program consisted of just two phone calls--one of them to the head of the program, according to a General Accounting Office memo. Further, the GAO said the Department of Health and Human Services' office of inspector general did not interview any of more than a dozen people who a confidential informant claimed had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing within the child support program in the office of Dist. Atty.
August 14, 1999 |
"Reinventing government" is linked so closely to Vice President Al Gore that he often jokes its nickname, REGO, is "Gore spelled sideways." But a new report by the General Accounting Office obtained by The Times turns Gore's sweeping claims of transforming government upside-down. Although Gore says that the program has "saved the American people over $137 billion," the GAO report concludes that the National Partnership for Reinventing Government claims credit where credit is not due. Rep.
July 29, 1999 |
The Army's theater missile-defense system, despite a first successful flight test last month, still faces serious technical problems because of its reliance on parts that may be faulty, according to a new government report. The General Accounting Office report says the Pentagon took important strides last year in reorganizing the $3.8-billion program, a forerunner to a larger program aimed at shielding the entire nation from a missile attack.