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 "United States":

"… p; The Sasol project is among at least 120 of its type planned around the United States, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Pr …"

"… to the White House’s pledge  to slash  carbon emissions in the United States.  “The President made it very clear from the beginning of his Admi …"

"… ; Sasol also wants to build the first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the United States, which would  transform natural gas into diesel fuel and products suc …"

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 "activist":

"… from Campaign for American Values PAC, headed by conservative evangelical activist Gary Bauer, shows a clip of Obama speaking after the hurricane saying, “ …"

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 "Texas":

"… r, where a growing drug war has slowly seeped into parts of California and Texas. But drones also scout the border with Canada. Homeland Security Secretary …"

"… by which outside groups — including the FBI, the Defense Department, the Texas Rangers, FEMA and the United States Forest Service, among others — can r …"

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 "Middle East":

"… Bridge Strategies, which was launched to facilitate business deals in the Middle East not long after the Iraq war started in 2003. The firm was set up “to hel …"

"… elp companies evaluate and take advantage of business opportunities in the Middle East following the conclusion of the U.S. led war in Iraq,” according to its …"

"… th offices in Washington, Austin, Oklahoma City as well as overseas in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.The firm’s website boasts that it “provides world cla …"

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 "campaign spokesman":

"… ential nomination, has steered clear of the FEMA fight in Congress and his campaign spokesman did not respond to requests to comment on this story. Despite his campaign …"

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 "Afghan police":

"… ., received a contract worth nearly $20 million for training and mentoring Afghan police.It was the only  bid solicited for the contract, according to the Pen …"

"… urce contract, which was actually for fielding communications equipment to Afghan police, was due to an “urgent requirement that necessitated an award to the inc …"

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

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 "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities. Congressional Research Service repor …"

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

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 "Coast Guard":

"… O).ENVIRONMENT* Homeland Security Dept. inspector general now examining if Coast Guard has enough manpower for safety inspections on offshore drilling platforms. …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

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

"… uses. Following the 1989 California earthquake, Pelosi intervened with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure $4.6 million to rebuild the American Conservatory Theater’s ba …"

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 "Blackwater Worldwide":

"… aff writer Jerry Markon contributed to this report. …"

Is Congress failing on Homeland Security oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

Boston Marathon bombing raises new questions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coast Guard":

"… an unwieldy collection of 22 agencies ranging from the Secret Service and Coast Guard to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The department is still strugg …"

"… tion and Infrastructure panel retained significant power over FEMA and the Coast Guard, for instance, and to this day, the Homeland Security committee’s respon …"

"… 05, retained power over the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard. Michael Bopp, then Republican staff director for the Governmental Affair …"

"… of DHS — Customs, flood insurance, the Secret Service, immigration, the Coast Guard and the TSA. “It was like no other bill,” says Bopp. “The coalition …"

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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… der by hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods generally get more money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That money creates more opportunities for politicians inclined to grab a …"

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 "Iraq":

"… 002-2008; 1,256 were dismissed• 190,000 U.S.-supplied weapons missing in Iraq• $212.3 million in overcharges by Halliburton for Iraq oil reconstructio …"

"… eapons missing in Iraq• $212.3 million in overcharges by Halliburton for Iraq oil reconstruction work• $455 billion deficit for fiscal year 2008; esti …"

"… eds met by alternative energy• 2,145 troops killed and 21,000 injured in Iraq from March 2003 through November 1, 2008, by IEDs (improvised explosive de …"

"… ves — many while awaiting body armor. Additionally, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the conflict• 34.8 percent of oil used in America …"

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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… nment Accountability Office (GAO) warned in 2008. As of December 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees NFIP, still owed $17.3 billion against the loans it took f …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "scientist":

"… with classic signs of formaldehyde toxicity.” …"

"… ta.De Rosa’s name might be familiar to Center readers because he was the scientist who brought to light (and took significant flak for doing so) the CDC fail …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than nine million people who …"

"… e and Technology—complained about the delay in releasing the report. The Center for Public Integrity obtained a copy of the letter to Gerberding, which notes that the full com …"

"… ty of New York at Albany and another of ATSDR’s peer reviewers, told the Center for Public Integrity.Some members of Congress have also taken De Rosa’s side. That same Febru …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… and Republic Parking. Mickey Ibarra & Associates has among its clients Verizon Communications.In addition to Slater, two former cabinet colleagues have spun the revolvi …"

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