CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1983
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(Studio) A. Ernest Fitzgerald recalled revealing corruption in Defense Department contracts.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) [During presidential campaign, Ronald REAGAN - promises to end government corruption.] [President REAGAN - notes General Services Administration administration Gerald Carmen has promoted whistle-blowers.] Carmen said now firing whistle-blower Bertrand Berube, a 20 year veteran of GSA. [BERUBE - claims agency and administration opposed his efforts to end problems with current administration] Berube's problems said beginning with his internal memorandum on areas not being addressed by Reagan administration; GSA's public and private reactions described. [BERUBE - acknowledges being guilty of speaking the truth.] His complaint outlined on screen, discussed. [BERUBE - claims federal government is "ntl. slumlord."] No. of fire and safety deficiencies in federal bldgs. noted. [BERUBE - feels government is playing roulette with public's and employees' safety.] [US International Trade Commission chairperson Alfred ECKES - outlines health and safety problems in trade building] [General Services Administration inspector Sam. KOSKI - notes potential explosion situation at steam plant which serves White House, among other bldgs.; calls for basic maintenance.] GSA's explanation for firing Berube outlined.
REPORTER: Phil Jones