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  • SLICC Deal for Pentagon Brass, Pimp My Ride -- Air Force Edition,

    In June 2008, sources came to the Project on Government Oversight about the Air Force wasting taxpayer funds. They presented documents and e-mails that raised questions about two little-known programs to build "world-class" luxury aircraft accommodations for the military and senior civilian leadership. The accommodations -- called SLICC (Snior Leader In-transit Conference Capsule) and SLIP (Senior Leader In-transit Pallet) -- were justified as filling a "deficiency gap," but e-mails obtained by POGO showed that there was significant internal dissent within the Air Force over this extravagant waste of taxpayers' funds. Requirements documents obtained by POGO emphasize the need for "aesthetically pleasing" accommodations. E-mails obtained by POGO state that Air Force generals upgraded the leather, carpet, and wood choices, adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to the program cost. After the first FLIP was procured, General Robert McMahon expressed dissatisfaction with the color of the seat leather and type of wood used. He directed that the leather be reupholstered from brown to Air Force blue leather, and requested to replace the wood originally used with cherry. Internal Air Force e-mails make it clear that the Air Force leadership's overriding concern us SLICC's level of luxury. Contract documents obtained by POGO revealed that these accommodations do not provide any additional operational capabilities (e.g. communications advantages) beyond those currently existing.
  • Edison Schools: An Education in Financial Deception

    A Bloomberg News investigation shows how Edison Schools Inc. -- "the largest private manager of public schools in the U.S. -- artificially inflated its annual revenue by 41 percent in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission." Other findings are that Edison booked revenue from the Sherman, Texas, school district, and that budget problems prevented the company from providing textbooks for schools in Pennsylvania.
  • Cheating the classrooms

    This is a seven-part series on money and power in Miami-Dade's "overcrowded, underperforming" school system. The reporters built databases following every dollar spent by the system in 10 years; every lobbyist who registered for a company seeking school business; and every campaign contribution made to politicians who decide on how to spend school money.
  • School Land

    Miami Herald's series of stories uncovers "questionable land purchases by the Miami-Dade School Districts, including a deal in which the district paid $2 million more than its own appraisal recommended..." The parcels, some of which swampy and others including archeological sites disallowing construction, have been bought for phantom programs. The stories report on the criminal investigation of the purchases, started by county prosecutors. Some of the main findings of the grand jury's report are that the school board has failed to account for overspending on the purchases, correct fire and safety violations, control runaway spending on new school construction and track allocations for building and renovation projects.
  • San Francisco International Airport

    "Although San Francisco International Airport officials, and the local media, have repeatedly painted rosy pictures of a massive airport construction program that includes a new international terminal, the program is $1 billion over budget and years behind schedule. A review of airport budgets, contracts, audits, and other internal documents shows that much of the delay and overspending is attributable to what can only be described as bad management. And the management structure for the airport project appears to be teeming with conflicts of interest, as construction managers supervise themselves and set policy for a project where the bill for construction management- not construction itself, but the overseeing of construction contractors- has grown by more than 150 percent and now tops $196 million."
  • 1998 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape.

    The 1998 TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 12 investigative stories. 1.) "Tomb of the Unknowns," CBS News. A 13-part series that forced the government to face the truth about how it defaced one of the nation's most sacred shrines and denied a grieving mother the truth about her son. See #15332. 2.) "The Deadly Trade in Fake Medicine," CBS News, 60 Minutes. Substandard medicine marketed by a secret network of manufacturers, peddlers make fortunes and regulators have failed to stop this deadly trade. See #15241. 3.) "Abuse of Power." ABC News 20/20. The U.S. military's power to strike back at personnel who are critical. Whistleblowers who expose misconduct, waste, fraud and abuse are told they are mentally ill. See #15282. 4.) "Shell Game." NBC News Dateline. A hidden camera investigation inside a plant that processes 2 million eggs a day, reveals eggs up to a month old, are mixed in with fresh eggs, rewashed, repacked and sold like new. See #15236. 5.) "Doublecross." ABC Primetime. This investigation reveals how the United States government turned a drug smuggler into a top informant and then allowed him to distribute cocaine into the United States. See #15251. 6.) "Fake Doctors, Real Dangers." CBS-2 News, Los Angeles. This series uncovers fake doctors all over Southern California running illegal clinics. See #15259. 7.) "Impact: Forced Sterilization." WXYZ investigates into the sterilization of thousands of men, women and children by the state government in Michigan. See #15373. 8.) "Oath of Silence." WMAQ. This four-month investigation exposes secret malpractice settlements that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. See #15373. 9.) "Troubled Transit." WTXF, Philadelphia. This three-month investigation of the Septa Public Transit in Philadelphia reveals some of the transit workers are not doing the jobs the taxpayers are paying them to do. See #15221. 10.) "Olympic Bribery Scandal." KTVX. Salt Lake Olympic Organizers have been spending thousands of dollars to pay the college tuition of international Olympic associate's relatives. See # 15201. 11.) "Stadium Investigation." WCPO, Cincinnati. Hamilton County in Cincinnati have spent more than a billion dollars to build and finance a new stadium, promising more business for minorities and women. A five-month investigation uncovers many broken promises. 12.) "Mismanagement 101." KWTV, Oklahoma City. Millions of dollars in overspending, fraud, waste and allegations of cover-up. Example; 50 construction employees were diverted from air conditioning the elementary school to building an all automatic, high-tech bathroom located just outside the superintendent's office. See # 15303.
  • Good Government Bad Government

    Across the street from each other sit the offices of one of the country's best run cities (Phoenix, Arizona) and on of its worst run counties (Maricopa County, Arizona), according to Governing Magazine. The article explores how the two governments affect one another and whether the situation will continue.
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    The spending by the Newark City Council and city clerk are unparalleled in cities larger or smaller. They are also among the nation's highest paid elected municipal officials and their budgets provide for lavish expenses for flowers, lunches, travel and cellular phones in one of the nation's poorest cities. The Star-Ledger investigates how meanwhile, the council's legislative record is marked by missed deadlines and inaction. (Dec. 29, 1996)
  • Day of Reckoning

    When Lancaster city officials revealed that the city's independent auditors had discovered that Lancaster had ended fiscal 1994 with a deficit of $1.7 million, Janice Stork, the city's mayor, blamed the deficit on Robert Bolton, the city's director of finances. Bloton was immediately dismissed. The Sunday news investigated the city's finances and discovered that the city had been overspending for five years, but had managed to balance city books by drawing down reserve funds.
  • New York Telephone Co.'s alleged overspending and regulation of itself

    Post-Standard (Syracuse) takes a critical look at New York Telephone Co.'s alleged overspending and regulation of itself.