$30 billion virtual border fence faces problems

By The Center for Public Integrity

A U.S.-Mexico border "fence" of ground sensors, cameras and radars doesn't meet border patrol's needs

Close calls on the runway

By The Center for Public Integrity

Evan as incidents of near-misses on runways, the FAA struggles to update safety plans

Superfund program loses funding, momentum

By The Center for Public Integrity

Since 2000, the EPA has engaged in two-thirds fewer clean-ups near hazardous waste sites

Poor retention of counterterrorism staff

By The Center for Public Integrity

The FBI and DHS has unusually high turnover rate in counterterrorism staff

Delay in opening U.S. embassy in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Safety concerns and contractor fumbles delay the opening of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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

Medicare fraud out of control

By The Center for Public Integrity

Medicare fraud runs rampant but no government crackdown yet, despite bipartisan support

Politicization of Department of Justice

By The Center for Public Integrity

Ideological hiring and firing policies lead to resignation of top Justice officials

Our broken government

By Josh Israel

An assessment of 128 executive branch failures since 2000

No robust, sustained alternative energy policy

By The Center for Public Integrity

Alternative energy advocates agree the federal government never has provided the steady support that renewable energy needs

Agencies failed to share intelligence on 9/11 terrorists

By The Center for Public Integrity

If intelligence and law enforcement agencies had shared information, they may have foreseen 9/11 hijackings

Record delays in air travel

By The Center for Public Integrity

Plane delays continue to increase but no solution in sight

Nuclear waste problem unsolved

By The Center for Public Integrity

Years after the deadline, the Department of Energy still has no construction plans for a national site for radioactive waste

Mismanagement and cronyism at HUD

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush-appointed housing head came under scrutiny after pressuring HUD offices in several cities to bow to his will

Terrorist watch list mismanaged

By The Center for Public Integrity

By 2007, the list contained more than 724,000 entries, and many common names. Those held up in the confusion include a five-year-old boy

Reading First: Scandalous and ineffective

By The Center for Public Integrity

Allegations that the reading program pressured states to adopt particular programs has prompted attention from the Inspector General

Failures in cybersecurity

By The Center for Public Integrity

An information security breach by China highlights government's weaknesses in cybersecurity

Pentagon’s slow adaptation to a war-footing

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Department of Defense is often slow and unresponsive to those in combat, instead operating at peacetime speed

Climate change: hide the assessment

By The Center for Public Integrity

Officials at the government's Climate Change Science Program edited scientific documents and controlled climate scientists media exposure

EPA’s free pass for aging power plant emissions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Agency proposed rules in 2002 and 2003 that loosened modernization requirements for old power plants

Highway funding woes

By The Center for Public Integrity

Highway improvements, funded by the gas tax, face cash shortfall as Americans drive less and inflation increases

FDA failure to ensure drug safety

By The Center for Public Integrity

Vioxx dangers raise questions about FDA's ability to monitor drugs

Failure to advance climate change policy

By The Center for Public Integrity

The United States, which has seen no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2000, is on track for a 16 percent increase through 2030

Lack of due process for terrorism suspects

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush's criticized military commissions try terror suspects instead of U.S. criminal courts

Mismanagement of major weapons acquisitions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense went $300 billion over estimates for new weapons acquisitions, and weapons deliveries run 21 months behind

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

EPA misleads on air quality after 9/11 attacks

By The Center for Public Integrity

Air samples at Ground Zero showed asbestos levels between double and triple EPA’s danger limit, but were defined as "slightly above."

Lack of progress on immigration reform

By The Center for Public Integrity

A path to citizenship for the more than 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States still out of reach

Refinery bottleneck puts squeeze on gasoline supply

By The Center for Public Integrity

Refineries operate near full capacity in the summer, leaving the nation’s fuel supply chain vulnerable to disruption

FBI abuses power to request personal information

By The Center for Public Integrity

After the Patriot Act, FBI increased requests of personal information, including phone calls, emails, and financial transactions

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