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Michael Grabell covers economic and labor issues for ProPublica. He has produced stories for the New York Times, USA Today, NPR and the CBS Evening News. His investigative work has included stories on the TSA, the Lance Armstrong doping allegations, chemicals stored near schools and neighborhoods, and a bus fire that killed 23 nursing home patients. Before joining ProPublica, Grabell was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of "Money Well Spent?," a book about President Obama’s stimulus package and his efforts to revive the economy from the Great Recession.

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Gov’t Considering Rolling Back Rule Allowing Private Planes to Keep Flights Secret

Under a plan the Department of Transportation is reportedly considering, most private plane owners will no longer be able to prevent the public from tracking their flights.

Alaska Native Firms Shift Stimulus Work to Outsiders

A ProPublica analysis shows that Alaska Native Corporations rely heavily on subcontracts with non-native companies to perform stimulus projects they’ve won through special contracting privileges.

What Are Alaska Native Corporations?

Questions and answers about Alaska Native Corporations

Rampant Fraud, Self-Dealing Alleged in Alaska Native Corporation

Cape Fox Corporation was prey to some of the worst abuses in a system that gives Alaska Native Corporations access to no-bid government contracts of unlimited size. As federal contracting grew, benefits went to non-native consultants instead of providing jobs, dividends to natives.

Revenues for ANCs Skyrocket, but Not Payouts to Natives

Revenues of Alaska Native Corporations have skyrocketed thanks to special privileges that allow them to obtain no-bid contracts of unlimited size. But profits and dividends haven’t kept pace, according to an analysis of ANC annual reports online at ProPublica.

Cape Fox Corporation: Revenue vs. Net Income

ProPublica and PolitiFact Test Obama Claims on Stimulus

President Obama's assertion that most stimulus projects were completed ahead of schedule, under budget is a stretch, but analysis shows that many projects fit that description.

Did the White House Meet its Stimulus Goal?

The White House says it met its goal of spending 70 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package, but final numbers aren't in and five agencies have spent less than a quarter of their funds.

Air Marshal Investigated in Indian Ammunition Case

The TSA and authorities in New Delhi are investigating a U.S. air marshal after ammunition was found hidden in his hotel room.

Off the Radar: Private Planes Hidden From Public View

Among the private planes whose flights aren’t shown on public tracking sites are those of politicians, business execs and even news organizations.

PR Firm Behind Propaganda Videos Wins Stimulus Contract

A PR firm hired to persuade patients that health information systems can protect their privacy has a checkered past.

The Stimulus ‘Loser’ List Loses Some Members

Some companies were wrongly accused of failing to file reports on their stimulus awards.

New Investigations of Stimulus Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Gov’t Wrongly Labels Some Stimulus Recipients ‘Losers’

The government has listed as "two-time losers" stimulus recipients who didn't file reports. But some of the listed "losers" did file the reports.

Court Upholds Release of Corporate Jets List Sought by ProPublica

A business aviation group loses its bid to seal a list of companies whose private flights are kept secret.

Our New List of Stimulus Investigations

The cost of waste, fraud and abuse in the stimulus has been hard to pin down.

DHS Asked to Investigate Air Marshal Allegations

A congressman calls for an independent inquiry into reports of discrimination within the Federal Air Marshal Service.

Air Marshals Dogged by Discrimination Complaints in Field Offices

As the administration looks to tighten air security, discrimination charges may distract federal air marshals from their work.

When Do You Ban a Stimulus Contractor?

About $24 million in stimulus contracts have gone to companies associated with a road contractor now on trial in Kentucky, accused of bribing the state’s previous transportation secretary to get a leg up on contracts.

White House Changes Stimulus Jobs Count

The White House has revised how it's going to count stimulus jobs, jettisoning a cumulative tally and expanding the definition of what counts as a "job."
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