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  • CNN Exclusive: The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

    As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid hundreds of doctors across the country six-figure sums for speaking, consulting and other services. Thousands of other doctors were paid over $25,000 during that time. Physicians who prescribed particularly large amounts of the drugs were the most likely to get paid.
  • Science for Sale

    Corporations facing lawsuits or stricter regulation are steering millions of dollars to scientific consulting firms, to the detriment of public health. As the Center for Public Integrity explains in “Science for Sale,” industry-backed research has exploded — often with the aim of obscuring the truth — as government-funded science dwindles. The effects of this phenomenon are felt not only in courtrooms but also in agencies that issue rules to try to prevent disease.
  • Dollars for Docs

    ProPublica first published Dollars for Docs, our comprehensive database of payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical companies for speaking, consulting, etc., in 2010. Millions of people have looked up their doctors, and hundreds of news organizations have used the data to tell important investigative stories. But it was only this year that, thanks to some painstaking work, we were able to match pharmaceutical payments with prescribing habits. And our findings were dispositive: Doctors who take payments tend to prescribe more brand-name drugs. Moreover, thousands of doctors who have had disciplinary actions against them by their state licensing boards are still getting pharma payments, and a greater share of physicians who work at for-profit hospitals take payments compared to those working at nonprofit or government facilities. https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/ https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/d4d-hospital-lookup
  • Seven On Your Side investigates questionable spending by Hattiesburg schools

    In 2015 the Hattiesburg Public School District awarded a $219,000 contract to educational consulting company P3 Strategies. However, during the bidding process, the school district made a simple arithmetic error that may have cost taxpayers $164,000. https://vimeo.com/151898221 http://www.wdam.com/story/30373909/seven-on-your-side-investigates-questionable-spending-by-hattiesburg-schools
  • Infosys

    Infosys, the world's 5th largest technology consulting firm is a company most Americans have never heard of. Based in Bangalore India, Infosys does 63% of its business here in the United States overhauling and redesigning software systems for fortune 500 companies like Walmart, Home Depot and Goldman Sachs. In order to staff their contracted projects, the company claimed it had to bring in specialized employees from India who had skills that could not be readily found in the United States. A CBS News investigation uncovered documents and witnesses that said the oversees employees had no special skills and were brought in to displace higher-paid American workers.
  • First Lady Inc.

    “First Lady, Inc.” examined the dual roles of Cylvia Hayes, the fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, as she parlayed her proximity to the governor into private consulting deals for herself.
  • Revealing the Cost of Government Contractors

    Federal procurement actions, whether for information technology, consulting services or project management, occur in a black box, closed off to the public and opaque to the inquiries of journalists and the public. For the most part, failures of these contractors remain low profile. That is, until the calamitous launch of Healthcare.gov, when the public saw firsthand--on a website that millions needed to use to secure health insurance--how badly these highly paid, politically connected firms and the federal employees who supposedly oversee them had done their handiwork.
  • America's Worst Charities

    Every year, the worst charities in America rely on telemarketers to collect millions of dollars – purportedly to fund medical research, house homeless veterans or grant a child’s dying wish. These charities pay their hired-gun solicitors as much as 95 cents of every dollar donated. Most of the rest goes to pay the charity’s executives, often in the form of six-figure salaries or consulting fees. This is the truth behind the phone calls. People in need get a pittance of what’s raised.
  • Leadership problems at Florida State College at Jacksonville

    What started as a look at problems in the financial aid department led to a widespread review of college operational issues and spending that angered taxpayers and frustrated students. Through several months of reviewing records and rooting out sources, we found that the college had almost no controls on the president's spending and the board offered little oversight. We learned that this was common throughout the state after we reviewed all presidential contracts in Florida - and found lots of big-money perks. Our stories prompted two consulting reviews by the college and two statewide investigations, one from the inspector general into the president's spending and a second from the Florida College System into FSCJ's finances. The president and two other top-level leaders left the college, and reforms are expected from the Legislature this year.
  • Better Government Association

    The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based nonpartisan, nonprofit news operation that engages in investigative journalism on government throughout Illinois. Our organization is asking for consideration for the IRE FOI Award based on our commitment to public-sector transparency, which we pursue through news reporting, Freedom of Information submissions, litigation, media partnerships, policy initiatives and direct citizen engagement, among other avenues. After consulting the IRE office, we decided the best way to enter this category was to include basic information on the online submission form, and much more detailed information in a letter, which we are including as an attachment. We appreciate your consideration.