Winging It

The Feds fly high

"We have stringent guidelines for the use of federal-owned automobiles," the says use Dick of Helmer, seniorgroup director of the watchdog General Accounting Office, "but nothing on aircraft."As a result, said the GAO in a report last week, there is widespread waste and misuse by U.S. officials of Government air planes. The GAO looked at purchasing and maintenance practices in 19 agencies, ranging in size from the relatively small Bureau of Reclamation to theTennessee Valley Authority, and found:

> The Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

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