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  • The High Price of Homeland Security

    In the rush to protect the nation, the federal government has handed out billions of dollars worth of contracts for security systems to prevent another terrorist attack. This ongoing examination of federal contracts found that the Department of Homeland Security failed to properly supervise those projects, the costs are climbing far above the original estimates, and some of the systems are not performing as promised.
  • Caught in the Act

    Amidst delayed city construction projects, a San Antonio city inspector was caught using entire shifts to conduct personal business and make deliveries for his wife's business. The inspector resigned after this story aired.
  • How federal agencies and their officials, responsible for public welfare and safety, willfully and repeatedly fail to protect the health of armed service members, nuclear workers, and ultimately the public interest

    Military and nuclear workers risk their lives everyday working on major health projects aimed at benefitting the public. What this investigation uncovers is the fact that, after these workers become seriously injured from their exposure to hazardous materials, they are often left without government healthcare.
  • An Expose of New Jersey's $8.6 billion Public School Construction Program

    In response to the news that Schools Construction Corporation, an agency responsible for New Jersey's statewide school construction program, was running out of money, the Star-Ledger launched an investigation into how the program depleted its $8.6 billion budget. Their investigation revealed a number of flaws in the program including costly mid-project changes, top-dollar construction firms miscalculating the cost of equipment for the school projects, and "political interference" from then-Governor James E. McGreevey.
  • Blank Check

    This investigation began when Eisenstadt realized that the budgets for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District didn't make a lot of sense. He found that poor planning and lavish spending cause the school district to run out of money before it completed the almost fifteen million dollars in projects that it promised that public during bond elections. In most cases the construction projects cost far more that the public was aware. Furthermore, Eisenstadt found that school board officials spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on personal trips and expenses.
  • UNC Ventures

    This group of UNC students call attention to a venture of hundreds of millions of dollars that the university invested into scientific research and following business developments. The group found that perhaps the time and money spent on these projects was not worth the investment.
  • Bull! A history of the boom and bust, 1982-2004

    This book examines the Great Bull Market of 1982-1999 and the fallout that followed. Overpriced stocks sucked capital out of the U.S. economy. Billions of dollars that could have been invested in needed projects such as power plants and oil refineries were squandered on massive overinvestment in the technology sector. Individual investors caught up in the mania sacrificed their retirement nest egg or children's college fund for the hyped promises of the stock market -- gambling with money that they could ill afford to lose.
  • Price of neglect adds up

    This investigation revealed how Lee County siphoned off nearly $50 million in tolls from Sanibel Causeway bridges to pay for other projects and now faces a $105 million bill to replace the bridges. The bridges have deteriorated so rapidly over the years because of a lack of maintenance. Motorists will pay for the new bridges; tolls have doubled to pay the expense. Following the story, county commissioners demanded an audit of the Sanibel bridge accounts. Sanibel officials are moving forward with a lawsuit against the county charging mismanagement of bridge maintenance.
  • "No Brakes on Cash for Turnpike"

    Investigation found that for nearly 20 years, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has spent billions of dollars, forcing motorists and taxpayers to pick up the tab for decades to come. It was also found even with the 44% toll increase set for August it still needs billions more for projects that are underway.
  • Slow construction zone: Why Omaha road work takes so long

    This investigation examines why road projects in Omaha take so long to get completed. Although the slow pace has been attributed to cold winters and wet springs that make for a short construction season, the newspaper found a number of man-made issues as the cause: Contractors take on numerous projects instead of assigning crews to finish a few jobs as quickly as possible; utility line work is often poorly coordinated; and city government rarely gives contractors deadline dates for completions, incentives to hurry or penalties for being late.