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Report: CIA officials slowed Deutch inquiry

Top CIA officials impeded an internal investigation into evidence that the agency's former director, John Deutch, mishandled large volumes of secret material, the New York Times reports, quoting a classified report by the agency's inspector general.

The report details a series of actions by the agency's former executive director and general counsel that it says "had the effect of delaying a prompt and thorough investigation of this matter." It asserts that George Tenet, the agency's current director and Deutch's top deputy, should have done more to "forcefully ensure" that the case was properly investigated. But the report also says that Tenet said he had given instructions that the investigation go forward unimpeded.

The report did not accuse Tenet or his aides of violating any laws. But at the inspector general's recommendation, the CIA has set up a special panel to examine the case.

The investigation of Deutch began in December 1996, just as he was leaving office. According to the inspector general's report, CIA computer security specialists discovered he had placed large volumes of classified material on personal computers in his home, including information about some of the government's most sensitive covert operations.

Budget to include more

to stop gun violence

President Clinton's final budget proposal will include $30-million to help local communities track gun violence and promote gun safety, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo said the HUD-administered program, which needs congressional approval, would fund local efforts to computerize the mapping of gun violence and chart gun-related incidents in a community.

Food stamp standards

bill sent to Clinton

People using electronic food stamp accounts could obtain groceries in every state under legislation that passed the House on Monday and goes to President Clinton for his signature.

The bill, which passed by voice vote, requires the Agriculture Department to set national standards for electronic benefit transfer systems to allow food stamp participants to redeem their benefits in neighboring states.

Tougher "date rape' drug

law sent to White House

A bill that would significantly toughen federal laws for possession and distribution of a powerful "date rape" drug passed the House on Monday and was sent to President Clinton for his signature.

GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, has been linked to at least 58 deaths since 1990 and more than 5,700 recorded overdoses, the Drug Enforcement Administration has said.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 339-2, accepting minor revisions made by the Senate.