Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… dition to a plant Sasol already operates nearby.   The state of Louisiana says it will allow the facility to release up to 10.6 million tons of gree …"

"… ich were independently verified by the Center for Public Integrity.  Louisiana and Texas account for most of these projects — 34 and 50, respectively. …"

"… nventory is trending over time.” In a written statement, Sasol said its Louisiana project will yield a projected 1,200 permanent jobs and another 5,000 or s …"

"… hat exist,” said Bryan Johnston, a senior environmental scientist in the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s air permits division.  “The …"

FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… didn’t even have to foot the$69,000 bill. The funds instead came from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program known as the Urban Area Security Initiative, which has so far spen …"

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… ericans Behind” follow the line of attack launched by Michael Brown, the director of FEMA under George W. Bush, who was widely criticized for botching the r …"

Drugs, guns and child porn at Homeland Security

By Aaron Mehta

Over 250 Homeland Security agents were convicted of crimes last year, says new report.

Drones not used effectively on U.S. borders

By Aaron Mehta

A government audit concludes that drones are costly and problematic for inspecting U.S. borders, but enthusiasm remains high.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federation of American Scientists":

"… and training. The report was first disclosed by InsideDefense.com and the Federation of American Scientists "Secrecy News" blog.In the House, a 55-member, bi-partisan Unmanned System …"

Joe Allbaugh, who helped put George W. Bush in White House, now running Perry campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Flagging Perry campaign turns to man who helped George W. Bush win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Halliburton":

"… llion to provide emergency housing and renovate buildings. Another client, Halliburton, snared a contract worth $30 million to rebuild Navy bases in Louisiana an …"

As FEMA funds run out, senators from states with most disasters oppose funding bill

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Some senators supported disaster aid before they voted against it

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Cornyn":

"… when FEMA denied assistance to Texas to help battle wildfires. Both Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison made public statements decrying the decision not …"

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's no-bid contracts triple in 10 years of war

By Sharon Weinberger

Since 9/11, Pentagon's no-bid military contracts have tripled -- to $140 billion

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ncies have been accused of giving short shrift to competition, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which awarded over half of its immediate post-Hurricane Katrina contracts …"

Homeland not so secure as long as DHS can't share information

By Ben Wieder

IG criticizes Homeland Security for doing a poor job sharing critical threat information

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… among some of the department’s agencies—including the Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforc …"

Government-subsidized flood insurance premiums are about half of full-risk price

By Laurel Adams

Repeat flooded properties rose 73 percent in a decade

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Treasury":

"… living in flood-prone regions. In 2005, the program had to borrow from the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the catastrophic hurricanes that year, including Katr …"

As tornado costs rise, Congress might finally pony up some money to look at ways to limit damages

By Laurel Adams

Worsening damages from monster tornadoes may prompt more research on cause-and-effect

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… dation, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, NOAA, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency —did not identify a line item for the program in their annual budgets.&n …"

FEMA's technology shortcomings could affect disaster response

By Laurel Adams

Inspector general says FEMA's failure to update its technology could hinder emergency response

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… 005 revealed major weaknesses in the information technology systems at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But six years later, agency efforts to modernize and update the systems s …"

FEMA hopes to finish preparedness report by year-end

By Laurel Adams

After more than two years of work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to issue its National Preparedness Report, nor has it ado

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ments to government officials. (GAO) …"

Post-Katrina FEMA still struggling

By Laurel Adams

FEMA’s lackluster response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was blamed in part on poor coordination of funding, confusion over job roles, and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Management":

"… e years later, the agency’s internal watchdog says the Federal Emergency Management Agency still has improvements to make.“Despite the important role of ind …"

Security clearance investigators must protect data, watchdog says

By Laurel Adams

The federal agency that investigates applicants for senior government jobs and for top-secret national security positions must ensure that i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Personnel Management":

"… ty Office says.The Federal Investigative Services (FIS), a unit within the Office of Personnel Management, handled over 2 million investigations in 2009. It houses an extensive amo …"

Kuwait contractor could be banned for security lapses

By Julie Vorman

A military contractor providing key services for U.S. soldiers in Kuwait should be banned from future contracts because some of its employee

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… access to sensitive information.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nancy Pelosi":

"… ception through the end of 2009. …"

"… e data. Totals include individual and political committee contributions to Nancy Pelosi’s Congressional campaign committee, PAC to the Future, and Team Majority …"

Homeland Security’s billion-dollar bet on better communications

By Sarah Laskow

Interoperability money aids Motorola and other contractors, but are first responders better off?

Former Blackwater employees accuse security contractor of defrauding government

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol D. Leonnig

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through pho

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… rtment of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.Blackwater is the State Department’s largest sec …"

"… s wife, Melan Davis, worked as a finance and payroll employee, starting in Louisiana. Their lawsuit was filed under the False Claims Act, which allows whistle- …"

Is Congress failing on Homeland Security oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

Boston Marathon bombing raises new questions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… gressional committee to coordinate homeland security efforts. When Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, and Senator Joe Lieberman, then a Connecticut Dem …"

FEMA’s emergency grant program gets $100 million, but where’s oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it’s giving $100 million of stimulus funds to the Emergency Food and Shelter Na

Top 10 failures of the Bush administration

By Andrew Green

In a break with precedent, when asked at his final press conference to name his administration’s biggest mistake, President George W. Bush r

Bad weather creates perfect storm for dirty politicians

By Sarah Laskow

As if destroying houses and displacing people weren’t enough, apparently natural disasters also increase the likelihood of politicians going

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… orst hit states for both natural disasters and corrupt officials: Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.“This relief creates a resource windfall that increases …"

By the numbers

By Bill Buzenberg and David E. Kaplan

With two wars and an economy in shambles, it’s not hard to get the feeling that something’s gone terribly wrong here in Washington. “We’ll l

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… sampling of what we found — 40 ways in which the executive branch of the U.S. government failed to perform from 2001-2008:• 45 million Americans without health c …"

Hurricanes expose FEMA woes

By The Center for Public Integrity

FEMA's deterioration in relationships with local partners since Brown took over resulted in lack of coordination and unpreparedness

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ps to continue this transformation.” …"

We can’t afford another flood

By The Center for Public Integrity

The National Flood Insurance Program might not have enough insurance to cover another Katrina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… icans, the Insurance system that protects some of them, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), might not have the money to fill their claims. The NFIP co …"

FEMA trailers filled with formaldehyde

By The Center for Public Integrity

Thousands of trailers purchased by FEMA for those displaced by Katrina emitted dangerous levels of formaldehyde

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ht and Government Reform found that thousands of trailers purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those displaced by Katrina emitted levels of formaldehyde high …"

After the whistle blows

By Sarah Laskow

Christopher De Rosa, a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, is still serving as a scapegoat for leaders at the organization, ju

Great lakes: Danger zones?

By Sheila Kaplan

A report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheila Kaplan":

"… rs of public service, I’ve never run into a situation like this.” Sheila Kaplan is a journalist who divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Norther …"

The Clinton top 100: Where are they now?

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2003 — Two years after they left the federal government and one year after a ban that limited their lobbying activitie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… bied on behalf of corporate or individual clients, including former Deputy Secretary of Treasury Stuart E. Eizenstat and former Director of White House Legisla …"

"… w firms that also lobby, including three past Cabinet members: Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Interior Chief Bruce Babbitt and Transportation Secretary Ro …"

"… re Secretary Dan Glickman, Interior Chief Bruce Babbitt and Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater.An additional two-dozen have found positions in the private …"

"… te sector as executives or directors. They include Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defense Secretary William Cohen.Only those …"

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