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Former Medicare chief soldiers on in wake of ethics investigations

April 9, 2004 If Thomas Scully was looking for a smooth transition to K Street when he stepped down in December as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to become a lobbyist and consultant, his wish has not been granted. Recent months have brought trying times for the former Medicare...

Postal Service may drop cycling sponsorship

March 26, 2004 A longtime U.S. Postal Service watchdog is pleased about published reports that the agency is close to dropping its high-profile sponsorship of the championship bicycling team led by Lance Armstrong. The Postal Service has been the lead sponsor of Armstrong's team since 1996--a period in which the 32-year-old has grown...

Senators seek to retool drug agency's advertising efforts

November 24, 2003 In the latest round of an ongoing spat, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joseph Biden, D-Del., have introduced legislation that would strip advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather of the responsibility for placing youth-oriented anti-drug advertisements, and would shift the task to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America,...

Lobbying firms move into federal procurement arena

July 25, 2003 Federal marketing-the business of advising corporate clients on how to sell their goods and services to the federal government-has become a hot field for Washington lobbying firms. Cassidy & Associates, already Washington's top-ranking firm in lobbying revenue, recently established a federal marketing practice. In so doing, it joined such lobbying...

Park Service at center of controversy over ‘road to nowhere’

July 21, 2003 BRYSON CITY, N.C.-One of today's longest-running federal disputes-a battle over whether the National Park Service should keep a 1943 promise to build a road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park-has heated up this year, with no end in sight. In August 1941, shortly before the United States entered World...

Titanium companies lobby for Defense procurement measure

July 14, 2003 The three American producers of titanium used in military planes are urgently trying to shore up a federal law called the Berry Amendment. The law requires that the Pentagon purchase certain materials vital to national security only from American companies. The Defense Department and some military contractors would like to...

Defense contractors, lawmaker tussle over procurement provision

July 7, 2003 In rare case of public discord between defense contractors and a Republican chairman of the House Armed Services committee, several defense-related trade associations are waging a high-energy battle against a "Buy American" provision spearheaded by Armed Services chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. The provision-which the House has already approved in its...

Pentagon: Military has enough blood for transfusions

February 20, 2003 As the military prepares for a possible war in the Middle East, the Armed Services Blood Program Office says that U.S. forces have an adequate supply of blood for transfusions, despite concerns about federal regulations implemented last year that bar blood donations from many Americans, including military personnel, who have...

Key players angle for slices of Pentagon pie

December 18, 2002 President Bush took office pledging to reshape conventional forces into a higher-technology, faster-moving military. Then, when the United States attacked Afghanistan and beefed up homeland security after Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon faced heightened demands on current capabilities, from Special Forces commandos to jet transports to military police. And now...

Infamous Teapot Dome becomes test of government transformation

September 16, 2002 EDGERTON, Wyo.-Head 35 miles north from Casper on Wyoming Route 259, past dry, desolate scrubland and plenty of "nodding donkey" oil-pumping rigs, and you arrive at the birthplace of one of America's most notorious scandals. Visitors here encounter no roadside historical markers; nor does the area's signature landmark-a vertical monolith...

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