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    Annual Report of the Postmaster General

    Mr. Henderson testified about postal service operations. Among the issues he addressed were the challenges posed by the Internet, maintaining affordable rates while revenue drops,…

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    Mortgage Fraud Day 1

    Victims and officials testified about the practice of mortgage “flipping,” where home buyers are tricked into buying rundown houses at artificially inflated prices.

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    Mortgage Fraud Day 2

    Officials testified about the practice of mortgage “flipping,” where homebuyers are tricked into buying rundown houses at greatly inflated prices.

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    Semipostal Stamps

    Committee members heard testimony about the role of Congress in allowing the postal service to release issue-oriented stamps.

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    Director of Government Ethics Confirmation Hearing

    Ms. Comstock testified about her twelve-year dedication to a career in public service and about her ethical worthiness to serve as the Director of the Office for Government…

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    Performance Management in the District of Columbia

    Mayor Williams testified about performance management in the District of Columbia. Among the issues discussed were the expenditure of the $1.9 billion budget Congress has given to the…

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    Has Government Been Reinvented?

    The senators heard testimony on the success of “reinventing government” initiatives.  Issues raised included government inefficiency and waste, the problems of management,…

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    Rising Oil Prices

    Senators heard testimony on the rising price of oil, and the effiency and effectiveness of br/ the Clinton administration’s response to the crisis. Many feared that gas prices…

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    Security of Federal Information Systems

    Witnesses testified about the vulnerabilities of the federal government’s computer systems, how hackers could exploit these vulnerabilities and on what federal agencies should be…

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    Private Banking and Money Laundering

    Witnesses testified about the vulnerability of private banking to money laundering, money laundering laws, and potential money laundering by foreign leaders through secret Citibank…

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    Diabetes Research

    Administration officials, diabetes patients, and physicians testified about current research on diabetes and discussed the levels of federal funding for diabetes research.

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    U.S. Postal Service Oversight

    Senators heard testimony from the Postmaster General about what role the Post Office will play in electronic commerce, construction of new “green” Post Offices, and how…

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    Day Trading

    Witnesses testified about the growing practice of day trading. Among the issues addressed were its similarities to gambling, the effect on companies and the stock market, and deceptive…

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    Food Safety Regulations

    Senators heard testimony about possible duplication and overlap among agencies that deal with food safety. Federal officials testified that food safety is a high priority for the…

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    Security at Department of Energy Laboratories

    In an unprecedented meeting of four committees, witnesses testified about restructuring the Department of Energy. The restructuring plan would establish an Agency for Nuclear…

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    Chinese Nuclear Espionage

    The committee heard testimony about alleged Chinese espionage at US nuclear labs. Congressmen Cox and Dicks testified about their report on the matter. The report alleges that…

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    Future of the Independent Counsel Act

    Mr. Starr testified that the independent counsel statute was flawed and should be allowed to expire. In often contentious exchanges with Democratic senators he defended his work…

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    Independent Counsel Act

    Attorney General Reno testified that she favored letting the independent counsel statute expire despite the fact that she favored the statute in 1993. She said that she did not agree with…

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    Sweepstakes Mailings and Promotions

    Representatives of sweepstakes companies defended potentially deceptive practices used in sweepstakes contests which advertise and sell magazines. Committee members questioned whether…

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    Sweepstakes Mailings and Promotions

    Witnesses testified that they had been misled by sweepstakes mailings which they believed had confirmed that they had won millions of dollars. Further, they had purchased many items…

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