The Project on Government Oversight, Inc.

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1100 G Street NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission:

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflict of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open and ethical federal government.

Results:

Some recent examples of our work are: A) Partnered with IAVA to help Veterans. As concerns of mismanagement and deception within the Department of Veterans Affairs mount, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) entered into a partnership to protect VA staff who come forward with information about agency wrongdoing. As part of the effort, the organizations have launched a secure website, www.VAOversight.org, where VA employees can get in touch with POGO and IAVA. The effort combines IAVA’s deep knowledge of the VA system with POGO’s experience working with whistleblowers to expose federal wrongdoing. In an effort to stem the tide of negative publicity, the Inspector General of the VA has subpoenaed POGO in an attempt to find out who the whistleblowers are. POGO has refused to allow the government to learn the identity of the brave people who have come forth to alert the public of its misdoings. B) Received Journalism Awards. POGO won in June 2014 the Dateline Award for investigative reporting from its local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for its project on lax security at U.S. embassies overseas. It also won a business journalism award for its reporting on efforts by former employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission to influence regulations. C) Increased transparency around drone program. After POGO signed onto an amicus curiae brief in 2013 authored by EPIC in NY Times v. DOJ supporting release of the classified legal analysis justifying the controversial “targeted killing” drone program, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of increased transparency. The Court found that after “senior Government officials have assured the public” that the program is “lawful and that . . . advice establishes the legal boundaries,” it can no longer claim that the document is exempt from FOIA. D) Elected Chair of the Civil Society Sector of the USEITI. POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian was elected the chair of the Civil Society sector of the US EITI), a Federal Advisory Board composed of civil society, industry, and government members. In that role, POGO has helped organize outreach efforts to provide residents of communities directly impacted by extractive industries to have a voice in the crafting of transparency commitments that have been presented to the international EITI board by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The outreach is being conducting across the country from Alaska to New Orleans, involving impoverished communities including Native American tribes, Appalachia, the Gulf region, as well as Pennsylvania lands where hydraulic fracturing is being conducted. E) Closed Revolving Door Loophole at the SEC. Thanks to efforts by POGO, the SEC decided to close a loophole in the ethics rules that allowed some “senior” SEC personnel to lobby the agency immediately after leaving instead of staying on the sidelines for a year or more, as employees at other federal agencies must do. The change in the rules—revoking a longstanding exemption for some SEC officials—is a rare stand against the revolving door at an agency that has long blurred the lines between the regulators and the regulated. F) Removed Officer Unfit to Oversee Whistleblowers. A November 2013 POGO letter to Secretary Hagel asked for the removal of Major General Patton from his post as head of sexual assault prevention due to an investigation that found him guilty of violating the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. The letter resulted in news coverage of the issue and over 2,500 letters to the DoD from POGO supporters. A mere four weeks after POGO’s letter, the Pentagon announced Major General Patton’s plan to retire. A congressional staffer close to the issue told POGO that the impetus for Patton’s retirement was the unwelcome attention from POGO. G) POGO Recommendations on Contracting Reform featured in New York Times Editorial. In a very harsh critique of federal contracting rules, the New York Times editorial board cited POGO’s recommendations as a solution to the current practice of contracting out vast swaths of government work indefinitely — with little or no attempt to develop the needed technical and managerial expertise within the government or to enforce labor standards — which has created a bloated federal-contractor sector in which the public good is often subservient to profit. H) Strengthened Protections for Military Whistleblowers Signed into Law. Thanks to efforts by POGO, Congress has passed protections for military whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault against unfair retaliation which were signed into law by the President. This new law will help protect service members who make the difficult and brave decision to come forward and report sexual assault or other misconduct. POGO fought hard for passage of these reforms to upgrade the disgracefully broken whistleblower protections for our troops. I) Enforced Defense Contractor Rules Regarding Purchase of US-Made Products. POGO helped to expose that the Defense Department hasn’t been following the mandates for purchasing US-made products and instead was illegally supplying our troops with boots manufactured in China. POGO urged Congress to call for a DoD Inspector General (IG) audit into the DoD’s compliance with existing domestic preference laws, including the Buy American Act and the Berry Amendment. As a result, in August 2013, the DoD IG announced a preemptive audit, stating that it anticipated that legislation was forthcoming.

Geographic areas served:

The United States

Programs:

A. Open Government Investigations-Strengthening Government Oversight Functions B. National Security Investigations-Challenging Wasteful Defense Spending C. Wall Street Investigations-Strengthening Financial Oversight D. Contractor Accountability Investigations-Proposing Solutions E. Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative-Paying Their Fair Share F. Public Health Investigations- Improving Transparency of Programs

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Year after year, the Project on Government Oversight proves that it is peerless as Washington's premier watchdog of the federal bureaucracy, as well as a safe haven for heroic whistleblowers who, at great personal risk, step up and expose government abuses and misdeeds.

 
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I feel that POGO is one of the most important NGO's that I support. The work they do is essential in researching how our government is functioning and how we can help change things. I only wish I could afford to give more, but as a retired person my resources are very limited.

 
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Great, fair reporting. Provides facts in a clear and concise written form. Covers all sides of an issue.

 
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In my opinion POGO is the leader in pointing out government waste, abuse of whistle blowers, and the unbridled and unchecked spending of the Pentagon. I am much more enlightened to the abuse that goes on in our government because POGO is the watchdog. If only the lame media were as dedicated.

 
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I do not live in the States but I have close family relations living there and I envy them their Pogo. We do not have anything like Pogo here though such an organisation is sorely needed where corruption seems to pop up behind every corner. Newspapers only partly inform the public at large but nothing is ever officially done and the public is not protected at all. I don't think that anyone even knows what or who whistle-blowers are! Well done, keep up the good work.

 
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simply the best... in a galaxy of citizen united like, cloak and dagger, abominations in the non profit category, why not the NFL ? Pogo has no peers...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

how can you perfect perfection?

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2009

 
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I hope my next statement is accepted as ADDING to the credibility of what follows. I have known Danielle Brian ,since she was an active and successful extemporaneous speaker on the national high school debate circuit. I have witnessed the development of her senses of integrity and caring, weaved into an intellectual curiosity. That character sets a standard seen in all of POGO's work.

 
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I have known POGO director, Danielle Brian (and her family) since the time that she attended the high school where I taught. Danielle was a national high school extemporaneous-speech champion. It was always clear to all who knew her that her passion and humanity came from a place in the heart, influenced by trying world events that her parent lived through.
She and her staff possess a remarkable blend of idealism and toughness that cuts to the chase as they pull aside assorted layers of mistreatment, inefficiencies, and malfeasance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its scope beyond its main mission of uncovering Pentagon waste. This runs the risk of diluting its strength and I hope it might create a separate banner if it ever goes that route.

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I have been donating to POGO for over 15 years. They seem to be the only organization that acts as oversight and wasteful government spending, especially defense spending.

 
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I think that whistle blowing is one of the most important things that government officials can do. They need to be protected. We need people to tell us how much waste is occurring in government and trying to force government to do better. They are like Common Cause, except they are insiders and know what is really happening. We need POGO.

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In reviewing articles from POGO you find out just where our tax dollars are being spent/wasted and programs that are of little value to anyone. You will not find this kind of information easily. Their oversight is most valuable.

 
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POGO continues to meet and exceed my expectations as an organization that I trust. I will open my paper or read articles in my newsfeed and every week I will see a reference to POGO's work somewhere. I recently received their annual report and I am pleased to see that I am one of a large community of people who support the work done by this institution. Like many of us, I am careful about my giving and each year check third party evaluators like great nonprofits to see how POGO is rated. And every year they are rated the highest by greatnonprofits and other evaluators. This is an organization I will continue to support.

 
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POGO does an effective job at promoting Transparency Accountability and Oversight within the federal government. At a time when a premium seems to be put on secrecy, POGO pushes for openess, which is fundamental for a democracy to remain vibrant.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

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I find POGO to be a good 'bang for my buck'. I have supported POGO for five years now and am proud to do so. I think investigative journalism is in crises as newspapers (due to dwindling revenues) are closing down either their investigative journalism desks, or their publications entirely. Recently 'Newsweek' just announced it is suspending its print edition and even as large a cultural icon as Superman is quitting his fictional newspaper. I think POGO helps fill the investigative void left by the continued downfall of print media and provides in depth long term research into issues I find very reminiscent of '60 Minutes'. I like to think I am part of a community of people who care enough to make a difference, and we choose to do so through POGO.

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