March 16, 2011
A Congressman and a disaster-preparedness expert raise concerns that the US does not have a coordinated plan to respond in the event of a nuclear emergency.
March 2, 2011
The Department of Education finally forgives the student debt of the disabled former policewoman profiled in our investigation.
Feb. 24, 2011
After a ProPublica investigation, the Education Department has promised to overhaul its broken system for forgiving the federal student loans of disabled borrowers.
Feb. 16, 2011
The Education Department has resisted a basic reform to its troubled disability review that its own ombudsman has recommended since 2008.
Feb. 14, 2011
An interactive timeline follows the repeated calls for reform of the troubled disability discharge program, and one disabled borrower’s struggle to get her debt forgiven.
Feb. 13, 2011
Borrowers who become severely disabled are entitled to get federal student loans forgiven. But the program for deciding whether they qualify is opaque, dysfunctional, and according to government reports, redundant.
Jan. 11, 2011
Gulf spill paymaster Kenneth Feinberg has made mixed progress in carrying out his transparency promises.
December 28, 2010
A year-end review of the damage claims process following the Gulf oil spill.
December 14, 2010
Kenneth Feinberg said he recognized shortcomings in communicating with claimants and promised to give them more information going forward.
December 13, 2010
False attorney signatures on foreclosure documents could place thousands of court cases in doubt.
November 16, 2010
Some claimants from the Gulf oil spill have been waiting for months without a decision, and claims czar Ken Feinberg says the problem is in deciding, ‘What should we do with that claim?’
October 25, 2010
Claimants demonstrating financial hardship, who have been promised expedited payment on damage claims, are often waiting for weeks or months for checks.
October 14, 2010
Acknowledging his operation should be doing a better job of providing information, the claims czar promises to deploy more agents in the Gulf to respond to desperate claimants.
September 28, 2010
Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg says his operation has eliminated backlog of older claims, but claimants still report problems.
September 27, 2010
The pace of BP claims payments is called unacceptably slow, and the official in charge promises new procedures to speed up the program.
September 23, 2010
Some claimants, frustrated by the wait in their applications for funds in the Gulf Coast to be adjudicated by claims czar Kenneth Feinberg, are turning to a little-known alternative fund administered by the Coast Guard.
September 15, 2010
The paymaster managing the claims in the Gulf oil disaster says that he hopes to speed the payments, but that many claims don’t have sufficient documentation.
September 9, 2010
Just two weeks into the Gulf oil spill claims process, payout czar Ken Feinberg admits the promises of payments within 48 hours or seven days are unrealistic, and apologizes for letting people down.
August 31, 2010
Kenneth Feinberg’s new system for handling claims from the Gulf oil spill is already running into delays.
August 23, 2010
Kenneth Feinberg takes over as the paymaster for the Gulf oil spill, and has promised new rules to speed the process.
August 17, 2010
How well claimants are being compensated for oil spill damages is impossible to tell from BP’s numbers.
August 5, 2010
The independent claims czar for the BP spill plans to drop the contractor BP had been using and hire two companies to replace it.
August 3, 2010
BP acknowledges its decision to hold off paying many claims—and will wait for Kenneth Feinberg, the independent administrator, to take over.
August 3, 2010
BP is lagging on deciding the validity of many damage claims, and claimants may have to wait until after the special administrator takes over later this month.
July 27, 2010
Seeking compensation for damages from the Gulf spill? Here’s our handy guide.
July 27, 2010
The administrator of BP’s $20 billion fund says he will probably not compensate people for mental health claims.
July 20, 2010
Prodded by OSHA, BP begins increased training for Gulf oil spill cleanup workers.
July 19, 2010
Many Gulf Coast residents with claims against BP are still waiting for their first checks.
July 13, 2010
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires oil cleanup workers to wear gloves, rubber boots and other safety equipment, but Coast Guard pictures from Texas show the rules aren’t always followed.
July 9, 2010
Beaches near Pensacola, Fla., are still open despite tar balls washing up, reports of illnesses of beachgoers and health warnings. Even the EPA chief says she wouldn’t swim there.
July 2, 2010
BP still has not started a longer, more detailed safety course for oil cleanup workers on boats in the Gulf of Mexico. OSHA says it isn’t satisfied with the proposed changes yet.
July 1, 2010
BP has not responded to a request for $10 million to help Louisiana deal with mental health problems that it blames on the oil spill. The state health department says it is seeing anxiety, excessive drinking and thoughts of suicide in affected communities.
June 25, 2010
While Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticizing the administration for allowing red tape to delay spill cleanup efforts, CBS News points out that the governor has National Guard troops available to help.
June 21, 2010
The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the safety course for oil cleanup workers on boats in the Gulf will increase from four hours to eight. The expanded preparation will include training on chemical hazards.
June 17, 2010
OSHA’s chief agrees with our finding that regulations on how much training an oil spill worker should get are out of date and inadequate.
June 17, 2010
An official with a federal agency that helped BP develop training for cleanup workers in the Gulf says the four-hour course does not cover important topics that were recommended, including some involving chemical exposure.
June 16, 2010
A workplace safety expert and a leading Louisiana health official express concern that oil spill cleanup workers in the Gulf aren’t getting adequate safety training.
June 10, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is merely the biggest and most widely reported of oil spills in the Gulf this year. The number of spills nationwide also seems to be on the rise, raising questions about oversight.
The Huffington Post Investigative Fund
January 7, 2010
A little-known special interest group carves a major loophole in student loan reform legislation.
December 16, 2009
Prospects for lasting peace may depend on the oil company’s dubious pledge to clean up its act.
Bolivian president Evo Morales has a message for carbon-spewing countries like the United States: Show me the money.
April 30, 2009
Evo Morales, the one-time coca farmer and llama herder who rose to become Bolivia’s president, is now wading into the ring of global climate negotiations to embark on his grandest crusade to date.
Floods in Mexico. Hurricanes in the Dominican Republic. Desertification in Brazil. For environmentally conscious CEOs, weather disasters sparked by global climate change represent both a challenge and an opportunity.