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  • When FEMA Fails

    Elizabeth Shogren's investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed that the agency meant to help Americans when disaster strikes is so out of sync with the the realities of climate change that it wastes vast amounts of federal funding and puts communities art risk of being repeatedly damaged.
  • Cashing in on Congressional Connections

    The Better Government Association investigated the lobbying business of a recently retired Illinois congressman, Jerry Costello, who represented a downstate district along with transportation interests as a member of key transportation committees. The investigation found that in his first year out of Congress, Costello lined up lucrative clients. He received $10,000 a month to lobby for Boeing, whose interests as a government contractor he promoted while in Washington, and $7,000 a month to lobby for a transit district that benefited from his help in securing millions of dollars in federal funding.
  • Missing Oversight

    These six stories cover financial problems surrounding one of of Glendale's most notable nonprofit organizations, New Horizons. The series started as an article on the long-delayed construction of a planned $4-million childcare center, but quickly grew into a much larger investigation of financial misrepresentations made by the nonprofit's founder and lax city oversight of federal funding. In addition to finding significant budget problems at the nonprofit, the stories revealed that city officials had repeatedly doled out limited federal funds at a time the nonprofit's own records showed they had little funding for the project.
  • Tribes pull in profits, grants

    While Oklahoma Indian tribes earn more money than ever from gaming and other businesses, they continue to collect federal grant funds for housing, medical care, education and other needs at an increasing rate, federal records show. It turns out that there is no formula or relationship between a tribe’s ability to support itself and the amount the federal government decides to give it. Some of these grants, for housing and education, are required by treaties between tribes and the U.S. government, but many are not.
  • Stacked Deck

    "'Stacked Deck' detailed how a well-intentioned federal program to provide affordable housing to the working poor created the type of political environment that resulted in an FBI investigation of Dallas City Hall. The program requires developers to garner political support from a range of office holders and neighborhood leaders or else lose the millions of dollars in federal funding. With those kinds of stakes, developers have an incentive to curry favor with local politicians in ways that are both legal and illegal."
  • Airport Insecurity

    After the events of 9/11 airport security is supposed to be taken seriously by the officers and other security providers. But this investigation found that the Dallas Police Officers on the job were leaving the property, taking frequent unauthorized breaks, and neglecting their patrols of the airport.
  • Poor Schools, Rich Targets

    "No Child Left Behind legislation created a bonanza for educational technology companies. Pitching products they claim will raise test scores, these firms find willing buyers in poor school systems desperate to comply with the law. The law provides major federal funding for purchasing these products but with no guidance on which work. Truth is, as the series revealed, many products appear to do little for children despite what the companies promise. At worst, reliance on education by computer takes valuable time and resources away from more effective teaching approaches."
  • Shelley Investigations

    The stories found that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and his associates misused hundreds of thousands of dollars of state and federal grant money to fund Shelley's political career. The articles give lots of examples, show how widespread the problem was, and raise questions about the lack of oversight.
  • The New Math of Old Age: Why the Nursing Home Industry's Cries of Poverty Don't Add Up

    Schmitt reports on the finances of the nursing home industry nationwide. "In an elaborate national lobbying campaign in 2002, nursing home operators used quality of care as a wedge to seek billions more in federal funding, saying lives would be endangered if the homes didn't get more money." U.S. News & World Report finds a very different picture: nursing homes are earning healthy profit margins, usually in the range of 20 to 30 percent; nursing home operators steer big chunks of revenues to themselves or related businesses; and there is no evidence that today's patients are sicker, as the nursing home industry has claimed.
  • Slow track of progress

    The Fresno Bee looks at dangerous crossings in California, which need improvements. The story depicts fatalities, which could have been avoided, were there gates and lights at the spots. The reporter reveals that railroad crossings in California have been neglected "due to chronic funding shortfalls and bureaucratic inertia." Some major findings are that Fresno city lacks funding to match grants for improving the hazardous crossings, and that the neighboring city of Selma has missed multiple opportunities to go after state and federal funding. Even though numbers of accidents, injuries and fatalities have dropped sharply since the 1970s, the decline is attributed mostly to industry consolidation and track abandonment, the Bee reports. The article includes a map of a four-county area with locations of accidents recorded on railroad crossings from 1996 to 2000.