The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 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 26,000 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 "public infrastructure" ...
There are several "high hazard" dams in Maryland which the state Department of the Environment considers unsafe and a threat to public safety. Some of these dams are in imminent danger of failing. A "high hazard" dam indicates that a collapse would cause loss of life and damage to residential, industrial or agricultural areas, public utilities and infrastructure. The story detailed lax enforcement of rules and regulations when a dam owner is told by state inspectors to fix problems.
Vmyths.com reports on the U.S. government's "panicked approach" to computer security before and after September 11th, 2001. The articles look at "plagiarism and other shenanigans" in the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the role of the National Security Council in giving computer virus technology to the Chinese government, an examination of the attempt to limit FOIA in the name of computer security, and an effort to keep the trials of hackers away from public scrutiny.
Chicago Reporter looks at how "$780 million was doled out of Illinois over the past two years." The money was portion of the $12-billion Illinois Fund for Infrastructure, Roads, Schools and Transportation (FIRST), the story reveals. The millions were given to political party leaders to spend on projects aimed to boost legislators in politically vulnerable districts. Lawmakers in white districts received more than those in black and Latino districts, the publication reports. A major finding is that, at the time when Illinois entered a fiscal crisis, the "decisions about who got the money and for what projects were settled behind closed doors, without public oversight."
Forbes Magazine reports on the true costs of government controlled water utilities. "In privatizing its water supply, the U.S. lags behind Europe, but this may change as evidence mounts about the relative inefficiency of public water," Forbes reports. Higher government salaries and more employees per customer are cited as reasons government controlled water cost more.
Under Mayor Bob Lanier, the city of Houston invested more than $4 billion in various infrastructure rebuilding programs administered through the Public Works and Engineering Department. Armed with a virtual blank check, the department spent freely - with little attention to fiscal or ethical propriety.
Boston Magazine discloses how the Big Dig, the largest public works infrastructure project in American history, became rife with political deals, conflicts of interests and questionable accounting practices, leaving an embarrassing mess for all of the key figures, a still uncompleted project and possible indictments for the formerly charmed head of the project July 1994.
A four-month SFBG investigation concluded that the city of San Francisco is wasting money on a contract with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation to help manage reconstruction of the city's water system. The story looks at the problems of privatization.