DFW shut out from hundreds of millions of dollars as state agencies favor Austin staffing vendors

The Dallas Business Journal analyzed every IT staffing record in Texas dating back to 2010 and found that the vast majority of the work goes to Austin and the surrounding areas. Austin staffing firms made nearly $600 million over the time span compared to just $1.4 million by Dallas vendors. The discrepancy starts with the…

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Only 30 percent of San Diego County wage theft complaints result in payments

In an investigation of wage theft in San Diego County, inewsource found that only 30 percent of cases filed with the state Labor Commissioner’s Office over the last five years resulted in workers getting the wages they’re owed. Their analysis of wage complaint data also revealed that employers in San Diego County owe $2 million…

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Wealthy foreigners can buy visas through poorly regulated EB-5 program

U.S. immigration is a maze. Unless you’re rich. Thousands of wealthy foreigners have entered the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program, despite concerns of fraud and threats to national security, according to an investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A firearms dealer, an attorney who has represented dozens of criminals coming into the country, businessmen linked…

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Texas officials gave $270M in bonuses with few rules, little oversight

Using seven years’ worth of payment data, the Austin American-Statesman found Texas officials rewarding political allies and high-paid managers with big bonuses. In recent years, workers have received more than $270 million in bonuses from state agencies. The paper analyzed 133,000 bonuses payments from 111 agencies and found that the use of bonuses has risen…

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Billion-dollar giveaway – tax break system rife with failure

Illinois’ flagship job program has awarded millions of dollars to companies that never hired an additional employee. It’s doled out millions more in tax breaks for corporations that eliminated jobs and became smaller. And it’s allowed companies to reap lucrative rewards and then relocate to other states without penalty or repayment. In the first comprehensive…

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DEA failed to fire agents who committed misconduct

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had refrained from firing agents who were found to have committed serious misconduct, according to recently disclosed records. USA Today reports that DEA agents who were found to have attended “sex parties” paid for with drug cartel money were not fired, and the DEA has kept on employees who were…

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Family members beat the odds in winning prized firefighting jobs

The Los Angeles Times uncovered a pattern of nepotism within the L.A. County Fire Department. The newspaper found that nearly 7 percent of the 2,750 firefighters are the sons of department veterans. Taking into account others such as brothers and nephews, relatives account for 13 percent of the staff, the investigation found. The report also…

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Hard Labor

“Each year, some 4,500 American workers die on the job and 50,000 perish from occupational diseases. Millions more are hurt and sickened at workplaces, and many others are cheated of wages and abused. In the coming months the Center for Public Integrity will publish, under the banner Hard Labor, stories exploring threats to workers —…

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