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Investigations by the Numbers

POSTED: 10:40 AM ET, 06/23/2008 by Derek Kravitz

It's Monday morning, so to get things started and bring you up to date, we decided to take a look at some of the numbers that made headlines last week in the world of investigative reporting:

11 -- the number of men formerly held in U.S. detention camps overseas that were examined by Physicians for Human Rights, a Boston-based human rights group, for a report released Tuesday. The advocacy group found that the men -- who had spent an average of three years in detention at U.S. facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but who were released from custody without ever being charged -- suffered scars and other injuries consistent with their accounts of beatings, electric shocks, shackling and, in at least one case, sodomy.

179 -- the number of refueling aircraft, or "gas stations in the sky," that two large contractors, the loser Boeing, which claimed it was treated unfairly, and winner Northrop Grumman and its partner, European Aeronautic Defence and Space, parent of Airbus, sought to build for the Air Force. Federal auditors said Wednesday that the Air Force bungled its decision to award a $40 billion contract for the tankers.

485 -- the number of lobbying contacts between disgraced superlobbyist Jack Abramoff's team, Greenberg Traurig, and The White House between January 2001 and March 2004, according to a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform report released last week.

$540 -- the monthly reimbursement for cellphone charges given to Kellogg, Brown and Root employees during roofing repairs at naval air stations in Pensacola, Fla., and Gulfport, Miss., the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi and other facilities in the region following Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina in 2004 and 2005. The Pentagon's inspector general included the revelation in an audit released Tuesday.

$300 million -- the minimum amount Boeing overcharged the federal government in "economic price adjustment" charges on contracts to build three types of aircraft, according to a Department of Defense inspector general report released Monday. Auditors also noted a potential conflict of interest between Boeing and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which has been hired by defense contractors to collect data for an index that adjusts contracts due to inflation and higher operating costs.

By Derek Kravitz |  June 23, 2008; 10:40 AM ET
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