Washington's $8 Billion Shadow
Donald Barlett and James Steele's original reporting in
What the SAIC says about itself.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings look-up
Barlett & Steele's source when looking for contract info for the then-privately owned SAIC.
Federal Procurement Data System
Office of Management and Budget's searchable database. Look up budget amounts individual government agencies -- like the Department of Defense -- are spending on contracts. Use the Help Line to get started.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)
One of Steele's sources for court documents, as seen in the episode. Fee-based electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and the U.S. Party/Case Index via the Internet.
Government Executive and GovernmentExecutive.com
Government Executive describes itself as "government's business news daily and the premier Web site for federal managers and executives." The biweekly print magazine is provided free to eligible employees in the federal government (those in active military service at or above the Major/Lt. Commander level and in civilian government at or above the GS-12 grade); it is especially geared toward those at upper levels who make purchasing decisions. As such, it also counts among its readership businesses who hope to reach those government decision-makers.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The U.S. Department of Justice maintains this site, which offers an overview of how you can submit an FOIA request, along with contact information.
Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Established in 1977, CIR sponsors and produces invesigative projects for television, radio, print, and the Web.
Investigative Reporters and Investigative Reporters, Inc. (IRE)
IRE provides educational services to reporters, editors, and others interested in investigative journalism and works to maintain high professional standards.
Columbia Journalism Review
Published bi-monthly since 1961 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CJR is the preeminent magazine for professional journalists. Its articles cover trends in the journalism and media industries, professional ethics, and the stories behind the news.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism awards grants to reporters seeking to undertake investigative projects without the backing of a major news organization. Past FIJ-supported projects have won a variety of awards -- among them Seymour Hersh's Pulitzer Prize for his report on the U.S. Army massacre in the Vietnamese village of My Lai.
The Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that works to produce original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern.
The National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Established in 2006 as an independent division of the World Security Institute, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting identifies, sponsors, and distributes independent investigative reporting.
The Smoking Gun
The Smoking Gun Web site uses materials gained via the Freedom of Information Act to weigh in on current issues in the news.