Tori Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report.

The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo: Gil C/Shutterstock

Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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Watchdog.org goes inside Veteran Affair’s secret wait list system

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Shea Wilkes

Shea Wilkes had a problem. The performance goals he faced as a Veterans Affairs employee in Shreveport, La., required him to meet rising demand for health care with an increasingly outnumbered staff.

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Veterans Affairs submits whistleblower to criminal investigation; US Special Counsel steps in

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Louisiana, National, News  /  1 Comment

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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is now investigating the claims of a whistleblower who revealed the use of a secret appointment wait list at the Shreveport VA hospital — including 37 veterans who died awaiting care.

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Shreveport VA chief resigns post after year of turmoil

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Health Care, Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Part 9 of 11 in the series Veterans Affairs

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
A top official at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is stepping down after a year of turmoil that mirrored scandals erupting at other Veterans Administration medical centers nationwide.
Patrick McGauly leaves the hospital’s chief of staff position amid allegations that hospital staff kept secret […]

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Housing nonprofit hoards millions of dollars collected in anti-discrimination case, docs show

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Lobbying, National, New York  /  No Comments

Photo: Melanie Burford/Prime

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
An anti-discrimination housing group that pocketed $10 million in a civil-rights lawsuit against a wealthy New York county five years ago hasn’t spent any of it to help downtrodden communities it claims to represent, according to government filings obtained by Watchdog.org
The Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York – which has only […]

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Clintons’ hometown to Obama’s HUD: ‘Go ahead, sue us!’

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, New York, News  /  No Comments

HOME SWEET HOME: In this 2001 photo, Bill and Hillary Clinton are seen walking their dog Buddy outside their home in Westchester County, New York, which is the epicenter of a dispute with HUD.

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
New York’s Westchester County boasts antebellum mansions and castles tucked inside villages and towns whose residents include former President Bill Clinton, Michael Douglas, Ralph Lauren, David Letterman, Michael Bloomberg and the Rockefellers.
You wouldn’t think a place like that would — or would even need to — ask the U.S. Housing and Urban Development […]

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