CPB Staff Asks For Rewrite Of Report

Staff at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have asked an accounting firm to rewrite sections of a report that questioned some large CPB contracts. “The report’s conclusions questioning the contracts and spending practices of the corporation could be incendiary on Capitol Hill, where conservative lawmakers have often sought to reduce the corporation’s annual budget. In recent weeks, they have proposed cuts in its current $400 million budget to help pay for other programs, like the reconstruction of the South after Hurricane Katrina and an inoculation program against avian flu. Corporation officials said that the request to rewrite the report was made not to prevent the disclosure of embarrassing information, but because some officials had challenged parts of the report as inaccurate.”