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:
Search results for "budget scandals" ...
When a student president candidate promised to make the budget of New York University's College of Arts and Science transparent, the council president removed her from the ballot. This series investigates the current president and why she tried so hard to keep the budget a secret.
As lawmakers distribute a growing share of their budget dollars in earmarks, there's a gold rush among charities trying to get some of the money. They're learning how to lobby Capitol Hill and make themselves attractive to lawmakers. The money doesn't go to the best charities -- just the ones with the best connections.
The Star-Telegram reports on "construction irregularities, shoddy oversight and waste of taxpayer funds that have riddled the Fort Worth school district for five years." Some of the findings are that two of the school's contractors regularly overcharged for jobs; the district was paying twice for the same job, as its employees worked on projects that have already been awarded to contractors; at least ten projects skirted standard bidding practices; internal controls were not in place. To report the issue, the team built a database of invoices and purchase orders.
SF Weekly looks at the relationship between San Francisco city government and its auditor KPMG, and finds similarities with the Enron scandal. According to the contest entry questionnaire: "For example, the audit's firm consulting division sold accounting software to the city that generated financial statements that were, in turn, audited by the KMPG's own audit division, thereby eliminating important checks and balances mandated by the "overarching principles" that govern auditor independence."
In this eight-part series, Melissa Turner examines hundreds of documents from the 1996 Olympic Games after the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal broke in 1998; some of the things the documents reveal: how businessman Billy Payne maneuvered his way to chief executive of the games, budget shortfalls that caused organizers to slash costs and desperately search for additional sponsors, and how the problems that plagued the actual games were all predicted well in advance.
"What the Smartest Man in Washington Doesn't Understand. And Why It Will Hurt You. While OMB Fiddles With Numbers, Washington Burns."
This report examines how political oversight of what one scholar once called the "Eyes and Ears of the President" - the Office of Management and Budget - allowed the Bush presidency to slip needlessly into billion-dollar windfalls, from Savings & Loan scandals to faulty nuclear power plants to a crisis at Housing and Urban Development.