The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based nonpartisan, nonprofit news operation that engages in investigative journalism on government throughout Illinois. Our organization is asking for consideration for the IRE FOI Award based on our commitment to public-sector transparency, which we pursue through news reporting, Freedom of Information submissions, litigation, media partnerships, policy initiatives and direct citizen engagement, among other avenues. After consulting the IRE office, we decided the best way to enter this category was to include basic information on the online submission form, and much more detailed information in a letter, which we are including as an attachment. We appreciate your consideration.
National media outlets reported on President George W. Bush's activities as a director with Texas oil company Harken Energy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The stories referenced documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity during the course of research for the book, "The Buying of the President 2000" and two other Center investigative reports. Now, the Center has released new documents--and a series of stories--that shed additional light on what transpired at Harken while Bush was a director, a chronicle of Bush's Harken tenure, and the close relationship between Harvard Management and Harken.
This three-day series, published simultaneously in newspapers across Arizona, is the result of a six-month effort by media organizations across Arizona. The goal was to find out how a citizen would be treated when testing the provision of Arizona's Public Records Law that allows for inspection of public records. Auditors from 21 media organizations were sent to 187 police departments, sheriff's departments, planning and zoning offices and school district offices. Findings revealed that agencies other than police complied with almost every request for public records, but auditors often faced resistance with law enforcement--including one agency that logged a suspicious person report on an auditor just for seeking a record, then ran a computer check on him and trailed him around town.
Before a National Academy of Sciences' study of non-lethal weapons science and technology was published Nov. 4, its classification review became a yearlong tug of war between NAS and a Defense Department office, revealing just how difficult and contentious decisions about releasing government information can be after Sept. 11.
Judges vary sharply on disability approval; Access to Social Security files granted only after legal battle
Two stories that take a look at the rates at which individual Social Security administrative law judges grant disability benefits to claimants. It showed huge variation from one judge to another in the Houston area--a hotspot for controversy over how, and how often, benefits are granted.
This IRE story is actually the FOI requests, court filings, affidavits and correspondence relating to reporter Gina Edwards attempts to obtain court-related documents from the state of New York "involving A.S. Goldman, a Naples-based brokerage firm that has been implicated in a $100 million fraud. ... New York's committee on Open Government, an official state body, agrees that the documents constitute public records, yet Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office has refused our repeated FOIL requests to review discovery documents." The story corresponding with the documents is #17443.