A Year Later, Coast Guard Provides Emails Regarding Troubled Offshore Wind Study

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The U.S. Coast Guard has ended its year-long slow walk on filling requests for basic public records regarding a lobbyist-driven offshore energy study known as the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS). That study, which took five years to complete, made recommendations that could reduce wind energy areas off the Eastern Seaboard by 50 percent – making widespread adoption of offshore wind energy unviable.

Inquiries to New York Union Leader Peter Ward Go Unanswered

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Large Payments to a Nonprofit Linked to Mayor De Blasio and the Hotel Association Raise Questions For the past several months, we have been investigating the political and business activities of Peter Ward, who holds three lucrative union positions: president of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC); business manager of Local 6;… Read more »

Did Dean Crouter Ignore Penn State Hiring Policy to Anoint Professor O’Neill?

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Following up on an anonymous tip we received last December, Checks and Balances Project took a harder look at the role that Dr. Ann C. Crouter, dean of Penn State’s College of Health and Human Services, may have played in Professor John O’Neill’s ascension to director of the School of Hospitality Management (SHM).

Anonymous Tip from Penn State: “There is a bigger story here.”

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“The director and long time assistant director are colluding with [Professor] John O’Neill,” writes tipster In late December, we received an anonymous tip in the mail from a reader about our ongoing inquiry into possible ethics violations by Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill of the School of Hospitality Management (SHM). Our inquiry has so… Read more »

Penn State Confirms Professor John O’Neill Under Ethics Investigation

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University Official’s Assurance Undercut by O’Neill, Raising New Questions It’s been three months since we began contacting officials at Penn State about potential ethics problems with School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John W. O’Neill. On Jan. 9, 2017, a University official confirmed Conflict of Interest (COI) investigators are looking into questions we’ve raised about… Read more »

Hotel Union Leader’s Database Undercuts Claim of Organizing Success

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Analysis of HTC Data Reveals It Represents Barely One-Third of What Union Claims As readers know, we’ve been looking into the spending and governance choices of union President Peter Ward of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC). Despite the hotel building boom and surging tourism in New York City, especially outside of… Read more »

Unraveling Penn State’s Confusing Ethics Oversight

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Questions About Professor’s Ties to Hotel Lobby Uncover an Ethics Labyrinth Since October of last year, we’ve been reporting on the potential ethics violations of Professor John W. O’Neill of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM). He appears to be operating a private consulting practice on campus, using the University’s prestige to increase the… Read more »

Who Is Investigating Questions about Professor O’Neill’s Ethics?

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Our reporting has found strong evidence indicating Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill is using his position at the School of Hospitality Management to bolster his consulting practice and credibility of his hotel lobby-funded research. If true, this would violate the university’s ethics standards. So, we were encouraged to learn via a Dec. 17 Centre Daily Times… Read more »