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The Nation

Two congressmen said they plan to ask the House to bar payments, at least temporarily, to Hughes Helicopter because it could not back up millions of dollars in bills sent to the Pentagon. House Armed Services investigations subcommittee Chairman Bill Nichols (D-Ala.) and procurement subcommittee Chairman Samuel S. Stratton (D-N.Y.) said that the firm’s billing records were a mess when they were examined for overhead for 1979-1983, and that the firm could not provide data to back up 40% of its billings. Stratton said he will offer an amendment to the defense authorization bill Tuesday to prohibit payment until Hughes improves its accounting system.


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