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August 19, 1999 | GREG KRIKORIAN and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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NEWS
August 14, 1999 | LISA GETTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
NEWS
July 29, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Citing inadequate records, congressional auditors said they were unable to substantiate claims made in high-profile Senate hearings of IRS misconduct, including retaliation against employee whistle-blowers and taxpayers viewed as uncooperative. The Republican senator who chaired last year's Finance Committee hearings, William V. Roth Jr.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Flaws in the development of the newest version of the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter could jeopardize an $8.8-billion Boeing Co. contract to continue early production of the jet, according to a congressional report. The General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, said it identified 84 deficiencies in the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet, the latest version of Boeing's most important military aircraft program.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
The Nasdaq Stock Market is doing a better job of checking out listing applicants and making sure listed companies comply with its standards, according to Congress' General Accounting Office. The GAO report, released Thursday, said Nasdaq's Listing Qualifications Department has initiated at least 85 investigations that have resulted in companies restating their financial information, making corrective public disclosures and, in some cases, being delisted.
NEWS
April 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Energy Department ignored many warnings about security risks at nuclear weapons labs over decades as dangers "languished for years without resolution or repercussions" against responsible officials, congressional investigators conclude in a scathing report.
NEWS
March 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
It sounds like a taxpayer's dream: The IRS was audited, and struggled to explain its own financial records. "The IRS cannot do some of the basic accounting and record-keeping tasks that it expects American taxpayers to do," said Gregory Kutz, who oversaw the audit released Monday by the congressional General Accounting Office.
NEWS
September 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
America's war on terrorism consumes at least $7 billion a year, and the figure is rising fast. Yet, government auditors say they can't track much of the money or determine how effective it is. Last month's deadly embassy bombings in Africa gave new urgency to the anti-terrorism push that has been building throughout President Clinton's second term. In his speech last week to the United Nations, Clinton called on all nations to "put the fight against terrorism at the top of our agenda."
NEWS
July 26, 1998 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT and JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The halls reek of urine. Old people lie helpless in their beds hour after hour, soiled diapers unchanged. These were the smells and sights at a nursing home in Huntington Beach visited by federal government investigators last year as part of an intensive nine-month probe that is likely to touch off the biggest national nursing home controversy in years.
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