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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,Staff Writer | May 23, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Damn the General Accounting Office, midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy said yesterday. Things have changed."In my plebe year, the deputy brigade commander was a woman," recalled Marvin Reed, a graduating senior from Queens, N.Y. "And every time she tried to make announcements in the chow hall, you could hear the catcalls. Last fall Julianne Gallina was the commander and nobody said anything to her.""You get more respect now," added a graduating woman from Pittsburgh. "Everybody is more open and honest.
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Eileen Ambrose | October 15, 2012
Would people be more likely to pay their taxes if they knew the IRS would report unpaid liabilities to credit bureaus, thereby damaging their credit scores? Congress is considering that. The Government Accountability Office released a report last month to lawmakers about the pros and cons of a significant shift in practice. Currently, the IRS isn't allowed to report unpaid income taxes as part of an old law that protects taxpayers' privacy. (The IRS, though, can put a lien on property, and that public information is collected by credit bureaus.)
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By Michael Kilian and Michael Kilian,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 24, 2004
WASHINGTON - As many as 95 percent of Army reservists called to active duty during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts have experienced problems with their military pay, according to an audit report the Government Accountability Office released yesterday. The problems included underpayments, overpayments and late payments, as well as a month's delay or more in reservists receiving their tax exemption benefits. "The processes and automated system relied on to provide active duty pay, allowances and tax benefits to mobilized Army Reserve soldiers are so error-prone, cumbersome and complex that neither [the Defense Department]
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
A new report says the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is handicapped by the failure so far of the federal government and bay watershed states to agree on common goals for reviving the troubled estuary. The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog agency, said in a report released Thursday that a new bay restoration strategy drawn up last year by the Obama administration has not been adopted by Maryland and the bay watershed states. The year-old federal plan lays out four broad goals, 12 specific goals and 116 actions to be taken by 2025 to restore the bay. It's similar — but different in some key areas — to one adopted in 2000 by federal and state officials.
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By Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | February 26, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The General Accounting Office is urging NASA not to award a contract for its Earth Observation System Data Information System, a project that could mean money and jobs for Maryland, until a plan is devised to resolve technical difficulties.The GAO urged the delay in a report released yesterday.The Earth Observation System [EOS] is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration project designed to collect data on changes in the global environment. The information would be processed by EOSDIS.
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By Arthur Caplan | November 15, 1993
SOME of the dopiest, zaniest assertions flying around in the media about health care reform involve the subject of rationing.For some reason, many experts and pundits who are otherwise sensible, cogent and reasonable turn into vein-bulging, fulminating loons at the suggestion that it might be possible to find sufficient resources within America's present health care budget to pay for a decent package of care for everyone."
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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had strengthened its drug safety system, the agency lacks a reliable way to keep track of emerging problems, congressional investigators concluded in a report to be released today. The Government Accountability Office found that a new Drug Safety Oversight Board and other FDA initiatives "are unlikely to address all the gaps" in the agency's system for monitoring the long-term safety of prescription drugs approved for market.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of workers at the National Security Agency and other spy agencies do not have the same personnel protections as other federal employees, according to a government study released today, leading one lawmaker to press for changes at what she termed "the last plantation."The General Accounting Office, Congress' watchdog arm, found that most workers at Fort Meade-based NSA, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency are unable to appeal adverse actions such as reduction in pay, suspension or removal.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 23, 1997
WASHINGTON -- As federal investigators in North Carolina sift through stolen Marine munitions that include dozens of hand grenades and more than 40 pounds of plastic explosive, a government report released yesterday said such weapons "continue to be vulnerable" to insider theft in the military.Weapons and explosives that filled five 27-foot trucks were seized last week by federal agents in North Carolina and Virginia. The haul included more than 100 machine guns and at least 50 crates of small-arms ammunition, said investigators who, speaking on condition of anonymity, offered the most detailed accounting of the seizures.
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By Los Angeles Times | April 10, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force provides free plane travel for top White House officials, Cabinet officers and members of Congress on a no-questions-asked basis 900 times a year at an annual cost of $150 million, the General Accounting Office said yesterday.The study of the use of the 89th Air Wing showed that no one attempted to determine whether the trips were justified or whether less costly commercial flights were available. The GAO called for tighter controls to restrict the practice."In most cases, the use of the 89th Wing aircraft is considerably more expensive than commercial aircraft for similar trips," the GAO report stated.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun reporter | June 19, 2008
The Defense Department needs to provide more information and help to counties in Maryland and elsewhere that are facing clogged roads, crowded classrooms and other problems because of growth at military bases, a new report says. The Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, says in its report that while the Pentagon and other agencies have provided some funds to help communities plan for base-related growth, the issue has not received the necessary "high-level leadership."
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown and Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporters | December 12, 2007
The cost of the Pentagon's sweeping nationwide shake-up of military bases, including Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, has soared nearly 50 percent overall in the past two years, while savings from consolidating defense operations might have been overestimated, says a new report to Congress. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, says the Defense Department's cost estimates for its largest base shuffle ever have climbed from $21 billion to $31 billion since the plan was unveiled in 2005.
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By Paul Richter and Paul Richter,Los Angeles Times | September 5, 2007
Washington -- As Congress opened a monthlong showdown with President Bush over Iraq, Senate war critics yesterday demanded evidence that the security improvements claimed by the White House could be sustained once American forces hand off the task of maintaining order to Iraqi military units. Establishing a theme likely to be repeated during coming hearings, Democratic senators pressed the nation's senior legislative analyst for indications that security gains could last. But David M. Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, said it remained unclear whether Iraq's military and police could maintain the improvements brought about since an additional 28,500 U.S. troops were sent to Iraq this year.
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By New York Times News Service. | August 2, 2007
The Department of Education, after months of criticism for its lax oversight of the federal student loan program, still has no system to detect and uncover misconduct by lenders and protect student borrowers, a government report said yesterday. The report, prepared by the General Accountability Office and released by congressional Democrats, found that the department "has no oversight tools" to see whether lenders are giving improper incentives to colleges to steer student borrowers their way and since 1989, the department has offered lenders no "comprehensive guidance" on what incentives might be forbidden.
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By Janet Kidd Stewart and Janet Kidd Stewart,Chicago Tribune | March 11, 2007
Workers feeling uneasy about their retirement safety nets will find little comfort from a new government watchdog report that is critical of the Labor Department's enforcement of employer retirement-plan laws. The Government Accountability Office criticizes the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Labor Department office charged with enforcing retirement-plan laws, for failing to fully implement enforcement upgrades that GAO recommended several years ago. "Since our 2002 review, EBSA's enforcement program continues to use performance measures that generally focus on how well the agency is managing and using its resources rather than on its overall impact on the security of employee benefits," said the GAO report, which can be found at www.gao.
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By Susan Tompor and Susan Tompor,McClatchy-Tribune | November 19, 2006
Imagine that you just picked up a terrific pair of Lacoste sneakers on sale. Then, the phone rings a month or two later. The store is demanding that you hand over more money for the same shoes sitting in your closet. Crazy talk, huh? That's how it works in the whacked-out world of credit-card companies. They've got ways to zing you even when you think you're in the clear. Amazingly, they're getting away with it. For now. It's getting harder - some might say downright impossible - to be knowledgeable when it comes to credit cards.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | September 10, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve Board has agreed to an outside audit of cash operations at the Los Angeles branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.A preliminary General Accounting Office review found evidence that staff at the Los Angeles branch altered currency reports to make them agree with the bank's cash on hand.The GAO report also found accounting problems at the Los Angeles branch that might also arise at branches of the Philadelphia and Atlanta Federal Reserve banks, which use the same cash inventory system as the San Francisco Fed.The draft report recommends an immediate examination of that system by outside auditors.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun reporter | June 19, 2008
The Defense Department needs to provide more information and help to counties in Maryland and elsewhere that are facing clogged roads, crowded classrooms and other problems because of growth at military bases, a new report says. The Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, says in its report that while the Pentagon and other agencies have provided some funds to help communities plan for base-related growth, the issue has not received the necessary "high-level leadership."
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By FRANK D. ROYLANCE and FRANK D. ROYLANCE,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
The aging global antenna network that keeps NASA in touch with its most distant space probes is fragile and may not be able to meet rising demands for its services, according to a government report. A review of NASA's Deep Space Network by the General Accounting Office found that portions of the 40-year-old system are shut down 16 hours a week for repairs and maintenance, on average. The GAO report to the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics cited three antenna outages in just five months last year that resulted in the loss of 241 minutes of science data from the Stardust, Deep Impact and three Mars orbiter missions.
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By MELISSA HARRIS | May 12, 2006
The General Services Administration announced this week that it is offering 700 federal workers buyouts in the hope that almost 400 of them will accept. The reason: Two of GSA's divisions, which rely heavily on fees for services provided to other agencies, are operating in the red. Four years ago, this corporate-style downsizing would have been unheard of in federal circles, but according to a recent Government Accountability Office report, it is becoming more common after a 2002 bill allowed agencies to "reshape" rather than merely downsize their staffs.
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