The U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched an
investigation into what's going on with the royalty payments that oil companies
are supposed to be making for oil and gas they extract from federal properties.
The New York Times reports the investigation was
prompted by members of Congress who think the U.S. Interior Department has
botched the job of collecting the money.
Congress is especially upset about a supposed typographical
error on a lease agreement that could cost the government more than $7 billion
in lost royalties.