December 25, 1991 |
The Challenger space shuttle tragedy in 1986. The fiasco with the warped Hubble space telescope in 1990. The ongoing "Ill Wind" scandal involving defense purchases. All have something in common. They are examples, says Congress' General Accounting Office, of the federal government's heavy reliance on independent contractors and its failure to exert control over activities that should be managed by government officials. In each instance, major portions of the work on those projects or services were "contracted out" by the government to private companies.
September 5, 1986 |
The Social Security Administration computer system, near collapse four years ago, has improved so dramatically that the agency may not need to buy a new $343 million desk-top computer network, according to a General Accounting Office report. "Computer backlogs that created delays in the processing of individual annual wage earnings and in the issuing of benefit payments no longer exist," the GAO concluded Wednesday in a report to Rep. Jack Brooks (D., Texas), chairman of the House Government Operations Committee.
May 19, 1989 |
The Pentagon, whose problems buying sophisticated planes, tanks, and ships are well documented, has similar trouble buying ordinary computers it needs to keep track of its people and parts, congressional investigators said yesterday. The General Accounting Office's top official told a congressional hearing that eight major Defense Department computer systems have doubled in price to $2.1 billion and are years behind schedule, even though a top-level Pentagon panel was created to keep such things from happening.
February 1, 2002 |
So now it's headed to the courts, the dispute over the records of the energy task force that Dick Cheney headed. You have to wonder why. Why would the administration go to such lengths to prevent the General Accounting Office, the investigatory arm of Congress, from obtaining the names of the individuals the task force consulted? The easy, cynical answer is that the President and vice president must have something to hide. It might even be true. But what is there to hide?
February 26, 1987 |
The Pentagon's rush to simultaneously design and build its B-1B bomber has resulted in problems that will hamper the plane for years to come, the General Accounting Office told Congress yesterday. Efforts to resolve the problems are driving the price of the 100-plane program extremely close to the $28.1 billion ceiling set by President Reagan in 1981, and the Air Force may be forced to seek more money later this year, the GAO's top defense official told the House Armed Services Committee.
September 5, 2015 |
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate why an electric device used in gynecological surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The GAO, which investigates how the government spends tax dollars, sent a confirmatory letter to U.S. Rep Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Pa). He and 11 other members of Congress requested the probe last month. "GAO accepts your request as work that is within the scope of its authority," said the Sept.
December 16, 1988 |
The Pentagon plans to replace its aging computer communications system inside Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain - the nerve center designed to warn of an attack on North America - but the General Accounting Office said yesterday that the new equipment is over budget, late and does not work. If work proceeds on the $281 million purchase, "a very high risk (will be posed)to overall communications for Cheyenne Mountain," the GAO said. The proposed system has "unstable software" that has prevented Air Force officials from issuing commands through the system and that engineers have been unable to fix, the agency said.
February 7, 1992 |
The Justice Department has collected only a tiny fraction of the fines and restitutions ordered by courts in major savings and loan fraud cases, General Accounting Office officials said yesterday. And Justice officials acknowledged they had no idea how much had been collected. The government collected only $365,000 - less than one-half of 1 percent of the $83.6 million due in 55 of the largest cases, GAO officials told a Senate Banking subcommittee. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, studied fraud cases in which a total of $597 million was lost.
August 9, 2015 |
Twelve members of Congress have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate why an electric device used in gynecologic surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The tissue-dissecting device, called a power morcellator, enables hysterectomies to be done through small rather than large abdominal incisions, but it can also spread and worsen an undetected uterine cancer. After that horrible scenario befell anesthesiologist Amy Reed at a Boston hospital in late 2013, she and her husband, heart surgeon Hooman Noorchashm, launched a campaign to ban electric morcellators.