In a new GAO report
it's noted that the Iraqi government will have a $79 billion dollar surplus by the end of the year (accumulated from 2005-2008). All of this is on top of the $48 billion dollars that the US has contributed to Iraq since 2005. [more inside]
posted by jourman2
on Aug 5, 2008 -
GAO: Anti-Drug Ads Still Don't Work
, Drug Czar John Walters admitted that anti-drug advertising was failing and may have tempted more kids to try marijuana. He called for more rigorous testing of the ads. Now, the GAO
has released a report showing that drug ads since 2002 have been equally ineffective. Young teens and girls who saw the ads were more likely to try pot. The White House kept the results
of their latest study from GAO auditors for over a year, and Walters is now claiming
that the testing he commissioned should be discounted because the effects of the campaign can't be measured through testing. The 2007 federal budget proposes
$120 million for ONDCP anti-drug advertising.
posted by Amy Phillips
on Sep 12, 2006 -
Mainstream Media to American Democracy: Drop Dead!
Brad Friedman ask alarming questions about the complete lack of attention which has been paid to the GAO report on electronic voting technology
(PDF link) released more than a month ago, which confirms what security experts have been saying for years: these systems are vulnerable to multiple independent attacks targeting system and network vulnerabilities, access controls, hardware controls, and overall management practices. If you're short of time, at least read Rep. Waxman's fact sheet
Ultimately, there is no real security on these machines; the report shows that overturning election results would not be at all difficult for even a single moderately skilled attacker. And now Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are wondering if American Democracy has died an electronic death
in the wake of massive discrepancies between final pre-election opinion polls and the results of several citizen initiatives designed to reform Ohio's electoral processes.
posted by dinsdale
on Nov 16, 2005 -
With Ahmed Chalabi poised
to take control
of post-occupation Iraq--one year after the start of the war--Congress' General Accounting Office is beginning to ask questions
about the operations of his Iraqi National Congress. A piece of evidence submitted by Chalabi was a list of 108 news items
which were placed in mainstream media by INC-coordinated (and Pentagon-funded) defectors. Who are other Mefites' favorite fraudsters?
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
on Apr 1, 2004 -
GAO: Pentagon sold biolab gear
"The Defense Department sold equipment to the public that can be used for making biological warfare agents, according to a draft report by the General Accounting Office. "
Next: Anthrax on EBay?
posted by Postroad
on Oct 6, 2003 -
have stories on The final energy report from the GAO on Walker v. Cheney
. You can see the Chronology of the GAO's Attempts
[PDF] to Obtain Information from the National Energy Policy Development Group, and more at the GAO Site
The General Accounting Office sued Vice President Cheney last year to obtain a list of officials from Enron and other companies who met with President Bush's energy task force.
or read the full report: GAO-03-894 "Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy
posted by Blake
on Aug 25, 2003 -
The U.S. Army pays for lapdances.
"In addition to the inappropriate purchases, the GAO said more than 1,200 Army employees wrote bad checks to pay their government credit card bills. Last year alone, that cost taxpayers $3.8 million in higher fees and lost rebates." You mean, the government practices bad accounting? Ron Paul
points out that the Congress commits the worst accounting fraud of all
. But the most important issue of all is, with the government paying for Strip Club tips, gambling, and wine, does this mean that God will no longer bless America?
posted by insomnyuk
on Jul 18, 2002 -
The GAO concludes that some 'vandalism' took place in the Clinton to Bush White House transition. The total repair cost was $9,324
. I wonder how much we spent on the GAO investigation and it's 220 page report
. I bet it was more than $9,324. (via Drudge
posted by Argyle
on Jun 11, 2002 -
"A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Energy Department to release thousands of records
on Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, criticizing the government for moving at 'a glacial pace.' "
Is anyone else interested in this? This is honestly the first time since Bush took office that I've felt optomistic about much.
Anyone old enough to remember the look on Nixon's face as he stepped on to Marine One for the last time, when he turned to give the victory sign? The Vice President surely remembers, I wonder if he's thought of it lately?
posted by jack-o
on Feb 27, 2002 -
GOP Will Fight GAO Lawsuit.
Says Orrin Hatch, "the General Accounting Office, shouldn't be 'trying to impose disclosure on internal White House meetings to determine policy. ... If you have to do that, pretty soon there wouldn't be any meetings.'"
This is going to be a tough move to defend come election time.
posted by Pinwheel
on Jan 30, 2002 -
GAO to Cheney: "Show us what you got!"
Ok, well it wasn't that dramatic, but this "demand letter" is one step away from giving the Veep a subpeona. Even right wing attack dog Judicial Watch is getting in with some hot lawsuit action.
posted by owillis
on Jul 18, 2001 -
The story that wouldn't die continues. "Most of the incidents described yesterday by White House press secretary Ari Fleischer were said to have occurred in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. Pornographic or obscene greetings were left on 15 telephone lines in the offices of the vice president and White House counsel and in the scheduling and advance offices, Fleischer said. As a precaution, all phones were disabled and reprogrammed, he said."
OTOH, the GAO says it "could reach no further conclusions because the White House said it had no written record of damage".
posted by owillis
on Jun 3, 2001 -