Obama campaign pocketed Ponzi schemer cash

By Alison Fitzgerald

Obama's campaign — and 38 others — have not returned political money from Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ce's total assets in 2012 -- gravely undermining its usefulness. The Pentagon’s auditors first disclosed the Navy’s lapse in a report on July 18, wh …"

"… e Department as a whole – to meet the legal deadline. The report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is a reprise of its earlier warnings that …"

"… t’s buying, and how much it's worth makes it hard for the Pentagon to operate efficiently, to buy only what it truly needs, and to be certain …"

"… 1 that military financial systems are in worse shape than expected and the Pentagon’s efforts to improve have been plagued by overruns and delays. CPI repor …"

Bill aims to strengthen OSHA workplace enforcement

By Chris Hamby

Senators propose tighter workplace safety rules, targeting breakdowns highlighted in Center for Public Integrity reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Workers Act, addresses regulatory gaps that The Center for Public Inte …"

"… Act, and a good step towards making workplaces safer and healthier across America,” Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, said in a statement. Ten oth …"

Report suggests OSHA safeguard contingent workers

By Chris Hamby

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… largest non-union and anti-union companies, including McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Bank of America and MillerCoors. All four of the companies quit the organization this year …"

State Integrity Investigation provides 'roadmap' for ethics reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Florida group cites State Integrity Investigation in pushing for change.

OSHA whistleblower wins court victory

By Jim Morris

A federal court found that Robert Whitmore, an OSHA economist, was fired for raising concerns about flawed injury and illness data.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merit Systems Protection Board":

"… dentify potentially unsafe workplaces; accuracy, therefore, is crucial.The Merit Systems Protection Board upheld Whitmore’s firing, finding that he had acted in a threatening man …"

Corporate informants could reap big windfalls for exposing fraud

By Michael Hudson

How-to guide for tipsters to blow in corporate wrongdoing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… h route is best to pursue.” On Friday, Sean McKessy, chief of the SEC's Whistleblower Office, said in a media release: "Securities fraud is not a victimless cri …"

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

By Michael Hudson

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… er of Commerce officials have said that “the SEC has chosen to put trial lawyer profits ahead of effective compliance and corporate governance” by allow …"

"… les."‘A sea of irrelevant data’The disagreements between whistleblower lawyers and corporate defense attorneys foreshadow what is likely to be could be …"

"… ars of trench warfare over the rules.One issue that may get attention from lawyers on both sides is SEC language that mostly excludes accountants and intern …"

In setback for corporate lobbyists, whistleblowers can take tips first to government investigators

By Michael Hudson

SEC rules also award generous bounties to tipsters

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ify and fix problems, we are just creating a lottery,” David Hirschmann, president of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, said&n …"

WikiLeaks more effective than SEC, says Enron whistleblower

A former Enron accountant who blew the whistle on fraud at the energy giant says she doesn't trust the Securities and Exchange Commission to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… EC will get a bounty if the tip leads to a payout of more than $1 million. Whistleblowers are then entitled to 10 to 30 percent of the payout.The SEC received hund …"

Corporations aim to narrow SEC’s proposed whistleblower protections

By Amy Biegelsen

Midnight is the deadline to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to offer whistleblowers a bounty of up to 30 percent o

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon":

"… ssful cases.A 19-page letter jointly sent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Verizon, Ryder Systems, Inc. and others asked the SEC to require employees to use …"

Whistleblower bill close to winning Senate approval

By Laurel Adams and Aaron Mehta

A landmark bill to protect government whistleblowers is expected to win U.S. Senate approval this month, according to two advocacy groups, e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senator":

"… ity surrounding the leaks played a role in the bill’s recent movement.“Senator Akaka has been working to bring this bill to the floor since last year and …"

Labor Dept's handling of whistleblower cases criticized by another watchdog

By Michael Hudson

A new watchdog report says the U.S. Labor Department often fails to properly investigate complaints by corporate workers who seek whistleblo

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief":

"… ts.When presented with the Center’s investigative findings in July, OSHA chief David Michaels said he ordered a comprehensive, “top to bottom” review …"

Lame duck Congress may consider bill to toughen OSHA

By Jim Morris

For an agency so widely feared and demonized by American business, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… uch disparities and give OSHA more ammunition in other areas, Democrats in Congress crafted OSHA reform legislation that was folded several months ago into an …"

"… y out of the question that it could be part of the lame duck” session of Congress after the Nov. 2 elections, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat who c …"

A closer look inside the FCPA world

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos and Traver Riggins

We came across some interesting web sites on the way to publishing our story on the US government’s pursuit of two American tobacco companie

Tobacco company penalties may signal U.S. crackdown on industry practices overseas

By Traver Riggins and Ricardo Sandoval Palos

A flurry of federal enforcement action targeting payoffs by subsidiaries of two U.S. tobacco companies may signal a broader regulatory assau

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greece":

"… s tobacco market, the complaint alleges.Dimon also paid tax officials in Greece and Indonesia $1.4 million to hide irregularities from audit findings and …"

Federal bureaucracy dismisses most Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims

By Michael Hudson

Whistleblower protections passed after the Enron accounting scandal have been largely gutted by the federal bureaucracy responsible for prot

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… try to expose corporate fraud, according to worker advocates and a senior lawmaker who helped write the provisions.Since Congress passed the landmark Sa …"

"… visions.Since Congress passed the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law in 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor has upheld 25 whistleblower claims u …"

"… the U.S. Department of Labor has upheld 25 whistleblower claims under the law — and tossed out 1,066 claims, according to figures available through Ju …"

"… ngton is showing concern for whistleblowers. The sweeping financial reform law signed by the President Wednesday includes substantial cash rewards for wh …"

Raytheon reviewing its compliance with foreign bribery law

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Raytheon Company’s latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company is “currently conducting a se

Excerpts from this story referencing "Raytheon Company":

"… to the Center's request for further details at the time of publication. …"

Investigative firm shows U.S. cracking down on foreign bribery

By Joe Kokenge

A word of advice to people looking to do overseas business deals: think twice about greasing any palms, especially in China, Nigeria, and Ir

Lack of regs fueled accounting scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate "game of nods and winks" leaves host of innocent victims in its wake

New York

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in New York