As part of Hired Guns, our new investigation with CNN, we combed through the various levels of training and regulations that each state mandates for armed security guards. Spoiler alert: Most states don’t require much.
The GI Bill is intended to help U.S. veterans live the American dream. But as The Center for Investigative Reporting's investigation has found, for-profit colleges are reaping billions of dollars in GI Bill funds while leaving some veterans with few job prospects and worthless degrees.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down today, but his replacement will face an uphill battle in addressing the health care and veterans benefits scandals plaguing the agency.
Whenever we get our hands on a good dataset, we try to identify and encourage opportunities for other journalists and media partners to use the information as well. CIR’s veterans coverage has been particularly fruitful for collaboration and localization.
A new story from The New York Times highlights a disturbing trend at Rikers Island: Violence has surged in the New York City jail, with use of force by guards jumping 240 percent in the past decade. That’s as the daily inmate population has declined by almost 15 percent over the same period.
We've reported that local law enforcement agencies in California are using emerging technology to collect citizens’ data in new ways. But do you know the extent to which police can tap directly into information about your cellphone?
We've recently launched an API and dashboard for our data on the Department of Veterans Affairs' massive stack of disability claims to make it as easy as possible for journalists, developers and citizens everywhere to see how the delays are impacting veterans in their areas. Three weeks after launching the API, we're already seeing great results.
The Center for Investigative Reporting has launched a new application programming interface for the data we’ve gathered on the Department of Veterans Affairs' benefits claims backlog. We would love to see developers and data analysts explore new ways to visualize and localize the information.
It’s no secret that transitioning back to civilian life after military service can be a huge challenge for many veterans. Across the country, they routinely encounter obstacles, both personal and institutional, after returning home from battle.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, gaming industry executives, designers and artists convened with journalists at IGN headquarters in San Francisco to explore how gaming platforms can be used to reach and engage citizens in investigative journalism.