Posts Tagged ‘Government Accountability Office’

Amid dramatic growth of U.S. drone fleet, federal safety oversight lags

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
As the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring — the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 — safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.
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Amid rush to deploy driverless cars, federal regulators urged to keep hands on the wheel

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
The era of driverless vehicles appears to be rapidly approaching, raising a bevy of urgent questions about how to prevent the emergence of new hazards on the nation’s roads.
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Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare – and taxpayers – tens of billions last year

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Fred Schulte /b>
Kaiser Health News
Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.
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Dennis Ross: Responsible solutions to repaying student loans

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report stating that federally issued Direct Student Loans placed in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will cost the government $74 billion, which is higher than previously estimated.
According to the GAO, as of June of this year, 5.3 million student loan borrowers are repaying their loans in IDR plans. This means 5.3 million borrowers are repaying their loans with smaller monthly payments, thereby extending the time in which they will actually repay the entirety of these loans. All the while, loan interest continues to accrue, holding borrowers underwater even longer. Couple this with

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A moving story: Crooked movers victimize customers and usually get away with it

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
About 35 million Americans will make local or long-distance moves over the next year, and many are at risk of coming into contact with a scammer. The problem, however, is particularly acute for moves made across state lines. States regulate local moves within their borders, but the federal government oversees interstate moves – and it devotes few resources to regulation and enforcement.
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Marco Rubio: After Pulse: Lessons from the response

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Fifteen years ago this month, on Sept. 11, 2001, our nation suffered the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil when al-Qaida hijacked four airplanes and murdered thousands of innocent people.
Three months ago, Orlando became a new ground zero when a radical Islamic terrorist opened fire inside Pulse nightclub, and Floridians witnessed firsthand the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Recovering from such a terrible event presents many challenges. The immediate emergency response must be swift because lives hang in the balance. The perpetrator and anyone who helped him must be brought to justice. Families and communities must heal and receive the

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Barney Bishop: Self-promoting physician-owned hospitals will put patients at risk

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
It’s important for the public to know what legislative change means for our everyday lives. All too often common-sense policies are influenced by special interests and therefore compromise public benefit.
For example, Acts H.R. 976 and H.R. 2513 appear to help improve our healthcare system, but in reality they would re-establish a bad policy for the public and hospitals in Florida. These Acts would reinstate physicians’ ability to recommend a physician-owned hospital to more affluent patients rather than offer the best facility to treat a patient for their health condition(s).
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) originally raised concerns about cherry-picking and

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Mark Ferrulo: Fight over infrastructure funding will reverberate in Florida

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
America’s roads and bridges are slowly crumbling and, to make matters worse, the fund that pays to maintain and improve our nation’s transportation needs is on the verge of going broke. But as Congress rushes to replenish the fund, it should not make a big mistake that will cost us hundreds of billions of dollars.
Here in Florida, we depend on safe, efficient transportation to accommodate our growing population and about 100 million tourists who flock here annually. America’s infrastructure, however, is rated a “D,” the National Association of Civil Engineers says. More than 250 of Florida’s bridges are considered

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