NORAD, FAA unprepared for aerial attack

By The Center for Public Integrity

Civilian and military airspace defenders were unprepared to handle hijacked planes on 9/11

Inadequate planning for post-invasion Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

The blame for Iraq's rise in violence lays with several federal agencies who failed to work together to plan for the future of Iraq

Flood “protection” in New Orleans

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Army Corps of Engineers knew New Orleans' storm surge system couldn't handle major hurricanes but neglected to update it

An epidemic of missing laptops

By The Center for Public Integrity

Lax security for federal law enforcement agencies' laptops resulted in hundreds missing

National Security Agency mismanages info technology

By The Center for Public Integrity

Inability to keep up with modern communications creates "boondoggle" at NSA

EPA deprives public of information on toxics

By The Center for Public Integrity

Requirements for reporting to toxic emissions are loosened despite the tracking program's success

Skyrocketing deficit

By The Center for Public Integrity

In Bush’s first year in office, the deficit grew by nearly 1,000 percent

Executive Office of the President "loses" e-mails

By The Center for Public Integrity

Instead of using government e-mail addresses, which are automatically archived per federal law law, 88 Bush officials used RNC e-mails

Labor relations authority: Low morale, backlogged cases

By The Center for Public Integrity

In 2007, the Federal Labor Relations Authority ranked dead last in a listing of the “Best Places to Work” among small government agencies

Failure to launch: Satellite delays

By The Center for Public Integrity

The creation of a new satellite system combining civil and military programs has been fraught with structural and funding problems

False premise for going to war

By The Center for Public Integrity

The premise that Iraq had biological and chemical weapons and links to Al Qaeda proved untrue

Inability to track foreign visitors to US

By The Center for Public Integrity

Homeland Security estimates that 3.6 million people currently residing in the United States have overstayed their visa

Paralysis at the Federal Election Commission

By The Center for Public Integrity

The FEC was unable to exercise meaningful control over the most expensive presidential election ever because it lacked a quorum

CIA renditions draw controversy

By The Center for Public Integrity

CIA's flying suspected terrorists to "black site" prisons abroad leaves those innocent outside of judicial oversight, violates torture agree

Failure to secure weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Looting of poorly protected weapons depots in Iraq helped arm Iraqi insurgents

Unsustainable Medicare spending

By The Center for Public Integrity

According to projections by the Congressional Budget Office, Medicare spending is expected to jump from 4 percent of GDP

Pakistan remains an al Qaeda haven

By The Center for Public Integrity

U.S.'s partnership with Pakistan hasn't paid off as their counterterrorism efforts wane

Signing statements thwart Congressional intent

By The Center for Public Integrity

Rather than veto bills he finds unconstitutional, Bush often uses signing statements to set aside statutes

Surge in outsourcing creates problems in performance, oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

A 72 percent increase in federal contractor jobs makes oversight difficult, causes performance issues, and decreases competition

EPA stalls on perchlorate regulation

By The Center for Public Integrity

Perchlorate can hinder brain development, and has shown up in more than 150 drinking water systems in 35 states

Mismanagement at National Reconnaissance Office

By The Center for Public Integrity

Satellite surveillance office's project ran billions over budget on a failed project

FBI struggles to confront multiple threats

By The Center for Public Integrity

White-collar criminals are getting off the hook while the FBI shifts its investigation energy to counterterrorism efforts

Foreign oil dependence has grown

By The Center for Public Integrity

Foreign oil has grown to nearly 60% of America's total oil use, while domestic oil production has sunk to 1947 levels

Failure to protect sensitive technology

By The Center for Public Integrity

Sensitive technologies in the private sector get little governmental protection from international espionage and theft

FBI failure to create a modern computer network

By The Center for Public Integrity

Wasteful, inept effort to update technology keeps FBI from improving on pre-9/11 mistakes

Social Security disability backlogs

By The Center for Public Integrity

Hundreds of thousands of people pursuing disability claims with the SSA have been forced to wait as long as three years

Lax oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

By The Center for Public Integrity

Government-sponsored companies spent $170 million on lobbying over the past decade, and contributed $4.8 million to congressional campaigns

Controversial assertion of executive power

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Bush administration draws criticism for seeming to seek expansion of presidential powers

Human capital issues plague government

By The Center for Public Integrity

The government’s human capital problem is having an impact on citizens

Shaky start for Troubled Asset Relief Program

By The Center for Public Integrity

Instead of buying up troubled assets, money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program poured into banks to little avail

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