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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA fails to put children first

By The Center for Public Integrity

With asthma and autism on the rise, the Bush administration allowed a task force on children's health protection to fall by the wayside

Failing to modernize air traffic control

By The Center for Public Integrity

Attempts to update air traffic control has failed even as technology remains decades out of date

EPA ignores advisers on particulate matter standards

By The Center for Public Integrity

EPA's advisory board recommended tightening regulations on pollution from diesel vehicles and power plants, but EPA decided against it

Lack of regs fueled accounting scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate "game of nods and winks" leaves host of innocent victims in its wake

Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan

By The Center for Public Integrity

Afghan government blamed for the Taliban's comeback in areas patrolled for years by U.S. troops

“McCain-Feingold” fails to solve campaign finance problem

By The Center for Public Integrity

New campaign reform act replaces the problem of unlimited "soft money" contributions with the problem on weakly regulated independent commit

EPA and OMB slow toxic chemical risk studies

By The Center for Public Integrity

Changes to the risk assessment procedures have been delayed, and transparency has been swept away in the process

Arbitrary detention at Guantanamo

By The Center for Public Integrity

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay found to be held without legal recourse

Abu Ghraib prison scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Pictures of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison reveal mismanagement of military prisons and raise concerns about interrogation techniques

Failure to reform Social Security

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush fails to reform Social Security through privatization

$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

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