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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas HvraldZtitung 2A Corruption GAO looking into military purchasing agency AP the General Accounting Office is recommending vast changes in the corruptionriddled Army and Air Force Ex change the military exchange systems billion purchasing the Dallas Morning News said Saturday in a copyright Quoting unnamed sources and documents that reportedly will be made public before the end of the the newspaper said the GAO report will be extremely critical of the Dallasbased ex change system which is the nations seventh largest AAFES makes purchases for post exchanges at military installations around the A federal grand jury is investigating allegations of widespread bribes and kickbacks within the exchange and so is a task force of federal investigating including agents of the the newspaper Thomas GAO group met with the AAFES board in September to discuss his offices preliminary findings and put the finger in the Since Eickmeyer we are very pleased with the numerous actions taken to strengthen They included orders to Duane system to revise the systems administrative provide a report on whitecollar devise a system to prevent crime and assure compliance with alreadyestablished The GAO report expected later this month says the exchange system accounted for 60 percent of the potential fraud cases the Defense Department referred for investigation in the first half of fiscal year according to the In the report charges that AAFES officials were slow to spot bribery and kickbacks within the exchange system and slow to act when such abuses became said the Quoting unidentified the newspaper said the unpublished GAO report shows that 66 of the exchange systems 373 employees authorized to make purchases have been involved in irregularities ranging from taking small gratuities to soliciting huge bribes and kickbacks from companies doing business with Managers in two AAFES regions were fired following charges they took part in the schemes which allegedly involved another 50 AAFES nine military sales representatives and several the newspaper The GAO recommendations include better documentation and closer monitoring of changing the process for selecting better identification of items that could be bought through competitive bidding and better training for procurement In related District Judge Sarah Hughes has ordered an AAFES buyer to testify before a Dallas federal grand jury investigating the The Moye Wayne invoked Fifth Amendment protection when subpoenaed for a 16 ap but prosecutors said the statute of limitations had expired on the activities about which Woolard was to And attorneys for a company suspended from doing business with the AAFES Martin Taylor of Philadelphia said Friday they will seek a court order to halt that The suspension came last month at the request of Dan chairman of the House Armed Services Committees Nonap propriated Funds Cabinet picks Reagan may soon halt guessing game By ROBERT FURLOW Associated Press WASHINGTON When Presidentelect Ronald Reagan returns here this hell find a political city anxious to have him end a frantic and often confused game of guessthe Chances are good hell shed some light on the makeup of his new As Reagan pondered his choices in aides on both coasts indicated announcement of at least several Cabinet appointees can be ex pected during his weeklong trip to New York and At least two of Reagans reported retired Alexander Haig at the State gjDtpartinent and New York banker Walter ji Wriston at apparently were still up in air over the Haigs past connections with former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State ti Henry Kissinger were drawing fire from some Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd declared Saturday that Senate scrutiny of y any Haig nomination will be It would be irresponsible of the Senate not to take a very close look at his Watergate role in confirmation he adding that he would oppose a Haig came to the White House as assistant to who is unpopular among some con servative Haig took over as Nixons chief of staff in the weeks leading to Nixons reportedly Reagans top choice to head is chairman of the nations secondlargest A is involved with claims on Iranian assets and with loan guarantees for New York raising possible conflictofinterest problems because those issues are before the Treasury He also reportedly faces complex question about what to do with hjis substantial banking holdings if he should take the Cabinet Sources said possible candidates include Donald chairman of Lynch and the nations largest brokerage and Charls a deputy treasury secretary under Last week the State and Treasury vital for Reagan in pursuing foreign policy and economic were said to be going to former Treasury secretaries George Shultz and William Both Other top such as Caspar Weinberger at Defense and William Casey at the were considered more Those could be shuffled if Haig or Wriston are not several sources Edwin Meese named as Regans told reporters the people who know Reagans thinking on Cabinet choices werent some of the surest bets by the weekend seemed to be budget director and secretary of education and welfare in the Nixon French Reagans personal lawyer Reagans campaign manager and a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission director of the Richard Schweiker secretary of health and human Pennsylvania businessman and deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee Staffphoto Landas After Landa Parks leaves turn from green to brown and cut loose to Ernest Kimbember of the Parks and Recreation Department has quite a chore that he cant has worked in Landa Park for 26 I Civil rights busing facing Congress WASHINGTON AP Although most congressmen had thought they would be home on their Christmas recess by they are still busy lining up support in preparation of a showdown on two civil rights issues early this Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd on Saturday said the time is now for passage of a housing called by supporters the most important civil rights legislation in a Negotiators from both the House and Senate are to work out a compromise on legislation containing language prohibiting the Justice Department from seeking courtordered school On the housing Byrd said if he does not get the 60 votes needed Tuesday to end debate on the issue he will withdraw the Republican conservatives agreed to stop a fiveday filibuster on the housing bill last week in exchange for the test vote next Opponents could block action on the measure for up to 100 hours even if debate is but Byrd appeared determined Saturday to see the legislaton to a vote if he is successful in getting debate cut off with a cloture If cloture is the bill is going to be acted upon one way or the other before the Senate goes the West Virginia Democrat told Labor leader suggests revising political policy WASHINGTON AP In the aftermath of demoralizing election setbacks last the AFLCIO is considering an overhaul of its traditional political operation to create a machine that would recruit pro labor candidates and make new overtures to the Republican Federation President Lane Kirkland said the millionmember labor organization should reconsider its long policy of remaining neutral in presidential and congressional contests until after the primaries and the In an interview late last week with a group of Kirkland said the AFL CIO also should consider active recruitment and promotion of prolabor candidates from the start rather than waiting until forced to choose among contenders that may not be He said state and local AFLCIO chapters should be and emphasized the need of organized labor to reach out more to Republicans rather than remain identified as an adjunct of the Democratic Party and lose political leverage as a We are not the property and do not in tend to be the captive of any political the 58yearold labor leader Asked what initiatives he had in 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