Officials in Montpelier have been swept up in controversy since it was disclosed that the city overpaid a contractor thousands of dollars. Now a criminal investigation into possible larceny and other misdeeds has opened.
multibillion-dollar loophole has been removed from a proposal to crack down on
government contract abuse. The Bush administration removed the loophole the day
before a hearing was scheduled to investigate how it was placed in a Department
of Justice rule.