The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 21, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL IfllASHINBTDM SATURDAY, APRIL 21. 2001 AS T EDUCATION Paige promises a 'clean audit' Education secretary appoints 'stril<e team' to address waste By GREGTOPPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Rod Paige said he will appoint an eight-person "strike team" to address waste, fraud and errors in the Education Department, promising to deliver "a clean audit" in 18 months. In the final three years of the Clinton administration, the Education Department lost track of $450 million, the department's chief inspector said earlier this month, prompting one Republican lawmaker to liken the agency's financial practices to those of "a Third World republic." The department, which has a $44.5 billion budget and manages billions more in student loans, said poor oversight resulted in several instances in which money was stolen or improperly spent. Other problems included checks for grants that were duplicated or money that was never distributed. On Friday, Paige announced the formation of a team made up of senior staff that will spend the next three months looking into the agency's financial practices. The Council for Excellence in Government will review the panel's work. Paige said he will report the results in three months, with a prediction that the auditing firm of Ernst & Young will give the department "the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" by the fall of 2002. Paige said he would urge President Bush to appoint a chief financial officer for the department, a position that he said has been vacant for two years, and choose an assistant secretary for management. "Every dollar we waste on fraud or mismanagement is a dol- "Every dollar we waste on fraud or mismanagement is a dollar that could be used for teaching our children, and this department cannot and will not continue wasting those precious resources." Rod Paige U.S. education secretary lar that could be used for teaching our children, and this department cannot and wiU not continue wasting those precious resources," Paige said. In an April 3 report to the House Education and Workforce investigations subcommittee, auditors said a review showed 21 employees could write checks of up to $10,000 without supervision. A review of department finances from May 1998 to September 2000 found 19,000 of these checks were written, totaling $23 million. The audit found 21 cases in which grant checks, totaling $250 million, were issued twice to the same recipients. All the duplicate checks were recovered. The audit also found that as of October, about 230 employees had government credit cards in their names, with most allowed to charge up to $10,000 per month. Some employees had higher limits, the audit found, including 36 workers who could charge up to $25,000 per month and two who could charge up to $300,000 per month. Of 676 credit card statements reviewed, 141 statements, with purchases valued at nearly $1 million, were not signed by a supervisor, the audit said. BRIEFLY Ford points finger in Explorer crashes WASHINGTON — An analysis by Ford blames faulty tire design and manufacturing, as well as customers' tire care, for accidents involving Firestone tires on its Explorer. The report submitted to federal investigators reflects the automaker's long-standing position the Explorer is not to blame for the accidents that have been linked to 174 deaths and more than 700 injuries. In most of the fatal accidents the Explorer flipped over after the tread came off The tread separation occurred most often on the driver's-side rear tire. The report said that the proportion of claims for that tire is higher for seven other pickups and SUVs. It is lower for three other vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency is taking the report under consideration in its investigation of Bridgestone/Firestone's Aug. 9 recall of 6.5 million ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. Admiral won't court-martial skipper WASHINGTON — The admiral who heads the U.S. Pacific Fleet has decided not to court- martial the skipper of the USS Greeneville. The decision by Adm. Thomas Fargo is in line with the unanimous recommendation of a three-admiral court of inquiry which investigated the Greeneville's Feb. 9 collision with a Japanese fishery school's training vessel. The collision off Honolulu sank the Japanese ship and left nine Japanese missing at sea. Waddle's Navy career wDl end, although he will not face jail. Fargo may issue a formal reprimand to Waddle and grant him an honorable discharge with a pension. Waddle could be fined. 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