BUSINESS NOTES GOVERNMENT GNP RISES-- AND BITES TRIO

Alongside the nation's plague of spy scandals, Washington had another abuse of sensitive Government information to ponder last week. Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige announced the dismissal of three unnamed employees at the department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. Their offenses: two were found to have used advance knowledge of the Government's quarterly estimates of economic growth for personal gain, while the third passed along the information for an outsider's gain. It was the first time ever for such punitive action. Said Baldrige: ''We have a duty to maintain credibility and integrity.'' The firings came after an eight-month investigation following charges that the...

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