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  • KARE 11 Investigates: “A Pattern of Denial”

    KARE 11’s two-year investigation exposed a systemic nationwide pattern of veterans having their emergency medical bills improperly denied and often turned over to collection agencies. VA whistleblowers revealed to KARE that government quotas for processing claims – and a computer system that made it easier to deny claims than to approve them – were to blame for many denials. The improper denials could total billions of dollars.
  • The Education of Edwin Raymond

    For a cover story in the New York Times Magazine, Investigative Fund reporter Saki Knafo uses exclusive, secretly recorded audio from one officer, Edwin Raymond, to expose the NYPD’s rigid insistence on fulfilling arrest quotas — and the racial biases behind them — despite public denials that such a quota system exists. The story sparked a follow-up investigation by NBC New York and coverage by several other outlets. Ultimately, the story resulted in the promotion of the whistleblowing officer.
  • Breach of Faith

    The investigation revealed extensive corruption in the city of Bell, California. The city's chief administrative officer was receiving a total compensation of $1.5 million -- probably the highest pay for that job anywhere in the country. The assistant city manager, police chief, and part-time council members had exorbitant salaries as well. The city was also illegally raising taxes and giving police daily impound quotas to boost revenue.
  • NYPD: Fighting Crime at All Costs

    WABC closely examined the aggressive policing policies of the NY Police Department. A tip from an officer regarding the use of quotas had turned into "a relentless pursuit of arrests and summonses in the city's minority communities that he claimed led to the write up of innocent people."
  • The Illegal Cod

    "This story uncovered how western companies cooperating with Russian mafia organizations has taken control of the Urssian off-shore fishing fleet and is systematically overfishing the quotas in the Barents Sea, the only place on Earth where there is still a healthy population of cod."
  • Recruiting problems.

    The CBS news team examined anti-military recruitment demonstrations on college campuses in San Francisco and elsewhere, which led them to discover recruiting shortfalls and misconduct by military recruiters. They also discovered that recruiters were pressured to extreme extents to meet quotas.
  • Recruiting Investigation

    This investigation reveals that army recruiters are under such intense pressure to fill their quotas that they sometimes instruct enlistees to lie about vital information. Inside Edition documented recruiters telling enlistees to lie about drug use, medical conditions and criminal records.
  • Not the Best Policy

    CBS News 60 Minutes examined UnumProvident, "the world's largest disability insurance company, which provides disability insurance to 17 million Americans. More than a dozen present and former UnumProvident employees, ranging from former vice presidents to company doctors, to claims handlers, told us that the company's management sets quotas and pressures claims handlers to deny new claims and shut down existing ones."
  • The Wrong Stuff

    The Washingtonian reports on the problem of people with criminal histories getting recruited into the military. Part of the problem lies on the recruiting side, with quotas and no incentives for turning bad apples away. Part lies on the fact that if a potential recruit lies and denies having any criminal record, a thorough background check will not be done. Part lies in the sealing of juvenile records. These problems work themselves out as disciplinary problems in the military -- sexual assaults, drug abuse, violence, theft.
  • 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape

    The 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "Food Lion," Prime Time Live, ABC News researches the Food Lion grocery store chain and finds that employees of the store are put under pressure to meet profit quotas, which caused them to put out spoiled food with new expiration dates. Including Food Lion fighting back and ABC apologizing for confusion. See # 9392. 2.) "To Prove Them Innocent," ABC News 20/20 (New York) reports on three men who were convicted of rape in a small town in Pennsylvania, where the local people fought for three years to gain their release and prove their innocence. An investigation finds that on the night in question the men were 50 miles from where the rape occurred, and could not have committed the crime. See # 9398. 3.) "Abuse For Sale," WCCO, Minneapolis documents the explosion of the home-made pornography industry, made possible by the increase in popularity of home video cameras and VCRs. An investigation finds that home-made child pornography is sold through national distributors and at adult video stores across the country. See # 9068. 4.) "Cops and Robbers," WMAQ, Chicago finds that the Chicago Police Department violates its own rules by hiring people with criminal records. Of those officers with criminal records, the ones with battery convictions are also the officers most criticized for police brutality. See # 9221. 5.) "Carol Mosely Braun," WMAQ, Chicago breaks the case of Carol Mosely Braun and the mishandling of a large sum of money given to her mother. Braun allegedly attempted to hide the money so that her mother's Medicaid care would not be cut. See # 9222.