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NCJ Number: 83523 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: BGA (Better Government Association) - Annual Report, 1981
Corporate Author: Better Government Assoc
230 North Michigan Avenue
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency:
Chicago, IL 60601
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The report describes investigations by the Better Government Association (BGA), a private 'watchdog' group concerned with reducing government waste and corruption, into home health care, housing courts, child advocacy, and investigative reporting.
Abstract: BGA's 7-month investigation into home health care programs revealed evidence of fraud and abuse through overbilling, payroll padding, and fraudulent reports. BGA recommended changes in the home health care system before a congressional hearing. BGA has also investigated the compliance of congressional caucuses with congressional ethics rules. BGA protested the dismissal of inspectors general from Federal agencies, and their positions were reinstated. BGA also found that the Illinois Department of Public Aid was not complying with the State purchasing act and was squandering money to rent offices. It investigated Chicago housing courts' inability to combat slumlords and other cases of court corruption. BGA also investigated Chicago's Deep Tunnel public works project. The organization encourages grass roots action to combat corruption and has appeared at many public forums discussing investigative reporting. BGA has a summer intern program. Its other cases are briefly outlined and expense data are appended.
Index Term(s): Corruption of public officials; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Landlord-tenant courts; Media support; Medicaid/Medicare fraud; Private sector civic involvement; Youth advocates
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