Find Post Investigations On:
Facebook Scribd Twitter
Friendfeed RSS Google Reader
» About This Blog | Meet the Investigative Team | Subscribe
Ongoing Investigation

Top Secret America

The Post explores the top secret world the government created in response to the attacks of Sept. 11.

Ongoing Investigation

The Hidden Life of Guns

How guns move through American society, from store counter to crime scene.

Have a Tip?

Talk to Us

If you have solid tips, news or documents on potential ethical violations or abuses of power, we want to know. Send us your suggestions.
• E-mail Us


Post Investigations
In-depth investigative news
and multimedia from The Washington Post.
• Special Reports
• The Blog

Reporters' Notebook
An insider's guide to investigative news: reporters offer insights on their stories.

The Daily Read
A daily look at investigative news of note across the Web.

Top Picks
A weekly review of the best
in-depth and investigative reports from across the nation.

Hot Documents
Court filings, letters, audits and other documents of interest.

D.C. Region
Post coverage of investigative news in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Washington Watchdogs
A periodic look into official government investigations.

Help! What Is RSS?
Find out how to follow Post Investigations in your favorite RSS reader.

Hot Comments

Unfortunately I believe that we are limited in what we can focus on. I think that if we proceed with the partisan sideshow of prosecuting Bush admin. officials, healthcare will get lost in the brouhaha.
— Posted by denamom, Obama's Quandary...

Recent Posts
Bob Woodward

The Washington Post's permanent investigative unit was set up in 1982 under Bob Woodward.

See what you missed, find what you're looking for.
Blog Archive »
Investigations Archive »

Have a Tip?
Send us information on ethics violations or abuses of power.
E-Mail Us »

Notable investigative projects from other news outlets.
On the Web »
Top Picks »

Prince George's Land Deals Lack Oversight

POSTED: 11:31 AM ET, 08/30/2008 by The Editors

Auditors have found that officials in Prince George's County, Maryland, have transferred millions of dollars in surplus public land to developers without the proper paper trails and often without competitive bids, good-faith deposits or accurate land appraisals.

The audit began as a Washington Post investigation was in progress into county land deals involving friends, business partners and campaign contributors of County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), who intervened in at least two of the transactions. Several recipients acquired the land at cut-rate prices or through no-bid contracts, county and other records show.

Johnson has denied involvement in the awarding of the deals and said the county's Redevelopment Authority operates independently. He declined to discuss the audit.

The audit found "inadequate documentation" for how the developers' proposals were evaluated. Fifty-seven percent of the properties reviewed--auditors looked at 25 contracts totaling 65 properties--were sold wihout a competitive bid process and 11 percent were under contract or sold without the approval of the authority's board.

"Breakdowns in key internal control activities can leave the authority vulnerable to fraudulent, abusive or questionable real estate activity," County Auditor David Van Dyke wrote in his report.

By The Editors |  August 30, 2008; 11:31 AM ET D.C. Region
Previous: Picks of the Week: L.A. Labor Deals, Doctors and Insurers, Missing EPA Safety Data | Next: Monegan to Palin: 'Ma'am, I Need to Keep You at Arm's Length'


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining


© 2010 The Washington Post Company