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.
June 19, 1999 |
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.
June 17, 1999 |
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.
April 30, 1999 |
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.
April 20, 1999 |
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.
April 1, 1999 |
From $12.6 billion in improper Medicare payments to unaccounted-for bullets and bombs, the federal government still does a woeful job of keeping its financial books, an audit released Wednesday said. Surprisingly, the second government-wide audit by the congressional General Accounting Office was praised as good news because things weren't as bad in fiscal 1998 as they were the year before. "Progress is coming, but we've sure got a lot to do," said Rep.