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  • ProPublica: Inside Trump’s VA

    ProPublica held Trump accountable for his promises to veterans by investigating the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We exposed how Trump gave vast influence over the agency to three associates at his Mar-a-Lago resort who have no relevant expertise. We revealed his administration’s plans to expand the VA’s reliance on the private sector, a controversial agenda backed by the Koch brothers but opposed by most veterans. And we examined the VA’s record of using more private health care, finding that it resulted in higher costs for taxpayers and worse service for veterans.
  • Assets of the Ayatollah

    In Iran, one man has final say over all government matters – not its elected president, but the nation’s top religious cleric, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He has ruled the isolated country for nearly a quarter-century, and yet outsiders, and even many Iranians, know little about him. In November, Reuters lifted that shroud of secrecy when it published the first-ever investigation of the Supreme Leader’s business dealings: an explosive three-part series, “Assets of the Ayatollah.”
  • Sick Time, Your Dime

    When we learned many government employees are paid out for unused sick time upon retirement, we wanted to know how much was paid out. We filed FOIA's seeking data for three years from the city, county and state. Considering the state of economy and agencies in all levels of government eliminating positions and laying workers off, why is government paying millions of dollars to people no longer working in government? This is also a benefit virtually unheard of in the private sector.
  • California's Public Pension Dilemma

    The Contra Costa Times found that California public employee pension systems are grossly underfunded; the benefits far exceeded the private sector and are regularly understated by the pension systems; the debts for state and local governments are huge; and the cost is being transferred over to future generations.
  • "The Transportation Lobby"

    The team at The Center for Public Integrity launch a database of transportation lobbyists and integrated that with an interactive map. Search by public/private sector, lobbying firm, or project.
  • "The Transportation Lobby"

    After discovering that there are more than 1,800 transportation interest groups the team at The Center for Public Integrity "compiled a database of transportation lobbyists and integrated that with an interactive map." Search by location, public/private sector, lobbying firm, or project.
  • Good as gold: State pensions facing scrutiny

    Public employees in Ohio have better wages and benefits than the taxpayers who support them. Taxpayer money funds the system which allows workers to retire a decade or more sooner than workers in the private sector. Also, more than one in four public school superindentents had received pension payments and salary simultaneously.
  • "Cash Committee"

    In this story, Huffington Post reporters show the "revolving door" between Congress and "industry," and how both use the House Financial Services Committee to raise money for lawmakers, especially in the private sector.
  • Taxpayer's tab high for unused sick time

    This story details how public employees accumulate paid sick time at a rate much greater than their counterparts in the private sector and also, take more paid sick time. Additionally, private sector employees are rarely compensated for unpaid sick time. The story reveals how the taxpayer is forced to pick up a huge tab in order to pay millions of dollars to effectively pay the public employees twice for their work.
  • Finding the Civil Service's Hidden Sex Appeal: Why the brightest young people shy away from government.

    According to the article, "Despite the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) efforts, time still seems to move more slowly inside the federal government than outside: It takes longer to get hired, it's nearly impossible to get fired, and the promotional fast track moves like molasses compared to the private sector. Although that has been true for at least a century, the problem is getting worse."