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

Excessive executive secrecy

By The Center for Public Integrity

More documents are classified under Bush despite initial promises of openness

A failure of whistleblower protection

By The Center for Public Integrity

Whistleblowers are left open to retaliation despite new laws to protect them

Science policy politicized

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Bush administration demonstrated disdain for science by allowing key scientific posts in government to go unfilled for over a year

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

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