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  • Families complain of mold, lead paint, rats in military housing ahead of hearing

    In February, CBS News gained access to privatized housing at Ft. Meade, becoming the first national television network to go on to a military base to investigate issues within the U.S. military’s privatized housing program. Through our coverage, CBS News exposed problems with mold, insects and structural integrity covered up or ignored by private housing companies. This story led to a swift response from then-Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, who granted an exclusive on-camera interview with CBS News to outline how his department planned to respond.
  • CBS News: National Flood Insurance Mismanagement

    Our EXCLUSIVE six-month CBS News investigation uncovered serious fiscal mismanagement in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by FEMA. Today, that program is 25 billion dollars in the red. We found that as storm victims struggle to rebuild, much of FEMA’s money that could pay homeowners claims actually goes to private insurance companies and legal fees to fight flood victims’ claims. Based on a review of thousands documents related to claims, lawsuits and FOIA requests, private government contractors are getting rich at the expense of desperate flood victims.
  • Revealing the Cost of Government Contractors

    Federal procurement actions, whether for information technology, consulting services or project management, occur in a black box, closed off to the public and opaque to the inquiries of journalists and the public. For the most part, failures of these contractors remain low profile. That is, until the calamitous launch of Healthcare.gov, when the public saw firsthand--on a website that millions needed to use to secure health insurance--how badly these highly paid, politically connected firms and the federal employees who supposedly oversee them had done their handiwork.
  • Crooked Teeth

    The WFAA-TV investigative series, "Crooked Teeth," reveals a troubling lack of state and federal oversight of the Texas Medicaid orthodontic program, which is designed to help poor children with severely misaligned teeth. The lack of oversight has allowed Texas dentists and their corporations to exploit the health care bureaucracy and garner hundreds of millions of dollars. "Crooked Teeth" also raises questions about other Medicaid reimbursements nationally, including troubling payment policies by one of the nation's largest government contractors.
  • Two Worlds: Government Contractors, Alaska Natives

    The investigation documents the Alaska native corporation program's failure to help impoverished native shareholders it was designed to help. Despite this, the program received $29 billion in contracts over the last decade while the government looked the other way.
  • The Foundation

    This series focused on a little-known network of privately run government contractors called "quality improvement organizations," or QIOs, that collectively spend about 300 million tax dollars annually. This story focused on an Iowa QIO, but included an on-line report that detailed the spending and complain investigations at every other QIO in America. That report was based on a review of more than 200 public documents.
  • The Living-Wage Wars

    Governing reports on cities that have adopted living-wage standards above the federal minimum wage laws. Living-wage standards, while serving as a rallying point for labor-minded organizations, only help the small number employees of government contractors -- 8,000 out of 3.5 million people in Los Angeles. Supporters contend that the improve individual lives and are one step towards raising overall consciousness about the working poor.
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    A revitalized False Claims Act is proving to be a new weapon for health-care employees who blow the whistle on rip-offs. The qui tam provision of the act, enables employees of government contractors to bring fraud suits on behalf of the government, essentially broadened the Department of Justice's investigatory function by privatizing part of it. The article focuses on a particular case that resulted in U.S. Homecare, a major Medicare provider, repaying the government $650,000. (May 1996)
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    San Francisco Chronicle finds the federal Minority Business Development Agency is giving large amounts of money to politically connected government contractors who are cheating taxpayers out of millions of dollars, Feb. 5 - 9, 1990.
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    WJHU-FM (Baltimore) reports on the contamination of soil and groundwater at the Savannah River nuclear weapons factory in South Carolina; reveals that the government contractors had covered up the problem, April 6, 1988.