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

Millions in equipment missing from Indian Health Service

By The Center for Public Integrity

A 2007 whistleblower tip opened investigations into the agency charged with providing health services to American Indians

Lack of armored protection for troops

By The Center for Public Integrity

The U.S. military didn't give troops enough armor because they assumed troops wouldn't face an insurgency

Election Assistance Commission has not met mandates

By The Center for Public Integrity

The EAC is under-resourced and has been unable to establish and maintain a clearinghouse of information on state and local voting systems

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

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

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

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

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

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