Toxic mercury from coal plants unregulated

By The Center for Public Integrity

The EPA under President Bush proposed a rule to reclassify mercury from coal-fired plants to allow for cap and trade

Veteran disability claims languish

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veterans are now forced to wait up to six months to have their disabilities claims processed

Politicization at Department of Interior

By The Center for Public Integrity

Politics, not science, drove some decisions at the Department of the Interior

More corporations pay less in taxes

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate tax payments accounted for 23 percent of all federal tax revenue in 1960. By 2007 that figure had dropped to just 14 percent

FAA inspectors cozy up to airlines

By The Center for Public Integrity

Weak oversight on flight safety a symptom of close FAA/industry relations

U.S. guns arming Mexican drug cartels

By The Center for Public Integrity

The ATF says that 90 percent of guns seized at the Mexican border were originally sold in the States

No Child Left Behind: A few bumps in the road

By The Center for Public Integrity

The No Child Left Behind Act suffers from inadequate funding and inflexible program guidelines

SEC allows investment banks to go unregulated

By The Center for Public Integrity

Failure by the Securities and Exchange Commission to properly oversee investment banks puts the public at risk

Failure to regulate security contractors

By The Center for Public Integrity

Private contractors and their fees have risen considerably since Iraq yet they there is little accountability

Move to a 21st century electricity grid is stalled

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission invests in electric transmissions and offers incentives for electric grid updates

Osama bin Laden still at large

By The Center for Public Integrity

On the FBI's Most Wanted list for nine years, the terrorist behind 9/11 still hasn't been captured

Losing the battle for hearts and minds

By The Center for Public Integrity

Government struggles to keep focus on "public diplomacy" and "strategic influence" post 9/11

Mountaintop coal mining alters Appalachia

By The Center for Public Integrity

Mountaintop coal mining is making a comeback in Appalachia, stripping hillsides of vegetation and contaminating water sources

Nuclear sites lack adequate security

By The Center for Public Integrity

Even though intelligence shows terrorists have considered targeting nuclear facilities, security hasn't been beefed up

FAA in the dark on maintenance

By The Center for Public Integrity

Non-certified repair facilities are performing important maintenance work on airplanes without FAA oversight

Pentagon office’s misleading intelligence

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense used information not supported by other intelligence groups to justify war in Iraq

Student loan scandal costs students

By The Center for Public Integrity

Schools steered students toward "preferred lenders," who charged students inflated rates and bribed schools

Audit rates of rich fall, audits of poor spike

By The Center for Public Integrity

The IRS has upped audits on the working poor while dramatically decreasing audits on corporations and the wealthy

Military failure to secure Iraq after invasion

By The Center for Public Integrity

Plans and troop numbers to secure post-Saddam Iraq were inadequate

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

WMD nonproliferation needs more attention

By The Center for Public Integrity

Inadequate efforts to prevent proliferation of WMD presents serious security risk

190,000 missing weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Lack of central records system for weapons distributed in Iraq means that missing weapons may be in the hands of insurgents

Scandal, incompetence at Minerals Management Service

By The Center for Public Integrity

Promiscuity, drug use, and bribery found at Minerals Management Service, whose officials have close relations with industry officials

DHS still getting up to speed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Unwieldy Department of Homeland Security still struggling to transform into a comprehensive security agency

Human fatigue in transport accidents still unaddressed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Even though fatigue remains high on the FAA's list of topics to be fixed, solutions are not forthcoming

Poor health care for veterans

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veterans increasingly face substandard conditions at VA hospitals, including long waits, poor care, and unprofessional staff

Chronic understaffing at the EEOC

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Bush administration instituted a hiring freeze at the EEOC in 2001 and kept budget requests modest while complaints piled up

U.S. companies hiding revenue offshore

By The Center for Public Integrity

The IRS does fewer audits on offshore taxpayers, even as more corporations move to hide revenue in offshore accounts

Too close to the edge on torture

By The Center for Public Integrity

In 2008 top officials of the DOJ and White House defended interrogation policies against a torrent of congressional questions about torture

SBA emergency assistance failed for Katrina

By The Center for Public Integrity

Within four months of Hurricane Katrina, the Small Business Administration had a backlog of more than 204,000 requests for assistance

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