I appreciate always being able to count on POGO's commitment to truthful information and follow-through with full-out integrity.
Although I have read other articles by him, the recent expose that David Hilzenrath wrote regarding the Interior Department’s proposed rewriting of the federal drilling safety standards stands out as among his very best. In it he describes the backhanded methods used by the Department to procure the safety standards as written by the American Petroleum Industry such as charging for reading the proposed rule changes that should, but don’t, appear in the Federal Register.
It obviously took an inordinate amount of research for Mr. Hilzenrath to write such an article which I so much appreciated for its thoroughness and ease of reading. He, and POGO, deserve high acclaim for works such as this one to be produced
Louis Mark, M.D.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
As I have watched, agape, the rising fortunes of the Pentagon and the private businesses that contract with it, I am endlessly grateful that The Project on Government Oversight exists.
After a week of learning about one or another egregious acts of chicanery by this unholy alliance, reading POGO's weekly report on Saturday always puts my mind to rest; I hope people of this country know what a valuable watchdog we have working on our behalf!
The talent that has amassed under POGO's banner is topnotch and incredibly even-handed, and we in this country can all sleep more soundly knowing that POGO is on the job.
I am a retired military veteran and have seen waste in the Department of Defense increase from misuse by active duty personnel to what it is today an institution that provides unearned income to DOD contractors supplying sub-quality products. I donate to POGO because they expose the corruption and provide valid information which I site when asking my Congressional members to review the waste and take steps which truly represent constituents desires. Of late their responses have been slow or none. The other use I put POGO reports is to determine my voting choices toward ending the abuse of our Constitution and restoration of citizens rights.
When I want up to date, reliable and accurate information on any area of government my first “go to” is Project on Government Oversite.
POGO was recommended to me by our local Mayor several years ago and I have yet to find a site that covers so many areas of government in such an unbiased and well written manner.
I receive dozens of political emails per day and many end up unopened in the wastebasket. POGO is one source I always open and read top to bottom. This is a group that provides vital information in the fight against government waste and corruption on both sides of the aisle. Nonpartisan fact-based reporting at its finest. I love POGO and I depend on them to clear the murky water of partisan spin. From exposing federal contractor misconduct resulting in $18.7 billion in penalties, to the on-going trainings of congressional staff to conduct oversight investigations, POGO is making concrete, on-the-ground changes in our political system. POGO is also an advocate for whistleblowers to tell the truth about military abuses in war torn Afghanistan, and uncovering conflicts of interest at the FDA with the Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills which caused fatal blood clots. Go POGO!!!
Danielle and Rep Cummings maybe the only remaining individuals that continue the Legacy of John Dingell ( and his ilk such as Henry Waxman and Jack Brooks) that fought abuses of power in the corporate world as well as government on a bi-partisan basis. POGO uses its meager resources to uncover corruption that currently is rampant in and out of government. Like Dingell, they fight for people not power.
I love POGO because they give us the truth about our government. All statements from politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, are political and mostly driven by their desire to get re-elected and support their sponsors. A typical example that I have been tracking for a long time is the F35 project which is a total disaster in terms of cost/benefit. It should have been canceled long ago, but congress keeps it going because every district benefits from the funding by the Military Industrial Complex. This is a total waste and has nothing to do with keeping America safe. The US Government is corrupt!
My inbox is swamped these days with politicians telling us how nasty the 'other side' is. It's all just obfuscation and spin and ends up giving us the crap and clueless behavior that leads to a seventeen trillion dollar deficit.
I look forward to POGO's posts because they tell me straight. I lookforward to seeing how they grow with our support.
I'm very pleased to see POGO out there keeping checks on our run away government and politicians that care for corporations, lobbyists, and special interest groups only. Keep up the good work POGO!
POGO is tireless in fighting multiple, ongoing, trillion-dollar-plus military-industrial-congressional boondoggles
POGO provides an invaluable service to all citizens. Their deep investigations and clear-sighted reporting sheds much needed light on government waste and inadequate oversight. I strongly encourage anyone concerned about Civil Rights, Government & Public Administration, Public Finance, Taxation & Monetary Policy support The Project on Government Oversight.
POGO exposed misconduct at a Federally Funded R&D Center that spends hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually, with no competition for their work, and oversight by government officials who are sometimes former employees of the FFRDC! The FFRDC staff is largely former government employees, and they have top level insider connections with the federal government. Without groups like POGO to investigate and watch over them--taxpayers will be abused.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE LDS MORMON CHURCH IS A FALSE CHURCH ITS A SEX CULT AND ITS ALL ABOUT CONTROLING YOUR LIFE AND GETING YOUR MONEY
The Project on Government Oversight is the one place I can depend on to get un-biased accounts of what money the Federal government is spending and where it is being wasted. They have exposed the waste of taxpayer's money of billions on contracts to build a plane which has been flawed from the start. They expose corruption in the Federal government and violations of the Constitution. For years I have been reading their reports and contacting my members of Congress about the situations. Every citizen of the US should read their research!
POGO keeps me informed about our Federal government in a totally objective manner. I am continually amazed at the high quality of their research and their trustworthiness. I am very grateful to them for doing what must be a very difficult job.
This is a cause worth giving to! They actually do what they say and are helping to bring to LIGHT the corruption in the Congress and the Democratic party!!!
POGO gives me the facts/News that I will never find on the Cable News Shows of today. POGO is not owned or directed by Big Corporate Money so they can tell me the truth without upsetting their donors. They have and share the facts about Government waste, safety and health issues. POGO is on our side - Please help fund them.
POGO is a national treasure. In my estimation, It's clear-eyed alertness to governmental waste, malpractice and corruption has no equal.It's investigations are important, and its reports very judicious. In short, they provide a great service to U.S. citizens, both private and public.
John Gittins (North Brookfield, MA)
POGO provides a great service for U.S. citizens. This organization investigates public-realm activities that are wasteful and/or corrupt, and its findings are often the drivers of corrective action. POGO is smart, scrupulous, evidence-based, and non-partisan. To me, POGO embodies the best features of democratic governance.
POGO does an amazing job of tracking management, contracting and procurement issues in the federal government. No one else tracks these issues so closely and thoroughly. I rely on the Project on Government Oversight to provide the necessary information for me to function as an informed and involved citizen. I have contacted my Congressmen and Senators, as well as the President and various departments, boards and commissions based on information I have read in POGO's reports. No other organization does this in such a comprehensive way.
When I want to find out the truth about what the government is doing, or not doing as the case may be, I always turn to POGO. They offer hard hitting truths about the government. They show where the weaknesses are, where the lack of transparency is and who is not doing their job. I liken POGO to the canary in the mine; without them and their non-partisan oversight of our government, things could really blow up.
POGO is one of my most trusted sources for news. The mass media no longer funds investigative journalism, and POGO fills that vacuum.
In this day of corporations being able to sue governments for loss of profits, we definitely need organizations like the Project on Government Oversight. To the extent that corporations own most Congress people, we need POGO to track what those Congress people are doing to our democracy.
Few organizations can serve liberals and conservatives - and do it well! Their central message that we can ALL do better really appeals to the patriots of our country who are not blinded by partisanship.
Soulful, patriotic, factual, in depth, concise, relevant, experienced, totally pro constituent for all constituents, accountable, without bias or fear.
Love them and depend on them.
Most grateful for them...
I've been a regular reader for years, It is one of the best source of facts about government corruption around. The F-35 coverage is infuriating, and one hundred percent on target. Keep up the good work.
Simply the only place to keep current on Government waste. Best articles are on the F35.
The Project on Government Oversight has provided me with important background information about issues I need to know about to be an aware citizen. It is one of the few organizations that follows whistle-blower suppression, Government purchasing procedures, and legislation that ails to protect the public. I have been able to write informed letters to my representatives after reading POGO's blogs.
No organization keeps me updated on ways to improve our government like POGO. It is essential to keeping our democracy healthy because it improves transparency.
POGO Holds the Government in the sunshine for all concerned Citizens to see. Thank you.
There will always be those people that despite the personal risk to their physical and professional well-being will expose government corruption and fraud. If you choose to do so make sure it is with an organization like Project On Government Oversight because they will insure you do not end up in jail.
At times it would seem that we are living the last days of Rome, self absorption in our politicians and disdain for anything Washington. It is refreshing to see the tireless work these people do day in day out. There is hope for our country, but only if more "general members of the public" engage themselves in the process. I believe POGO is one of those organizations that is positioned to do just that...
POGO is a powerful counterbalance to the corporate lobbying forces that overshadow our ability, as individuals, and as employees of government funded institutions/contractors, to be heard in Washington DC. Indeed, POGO speaks truth to power and, a such, is a threat to those who consider "public service" little more than a license to steal, meaning to reward themselves and their donors at the expense of the legitimate needs of our republic, founded on the principal that serving the needs of its people was to come above all else which, in today's world, if often the exception rather than rule. My opinion of POGO is rooted in my firsthand experience, as a person who blew the whistle on fraudulent activity occurring at a world renowned federally funded nuclear weapons facility located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. POGO provided a shield of legitimacy and support that enabled me to survive the ordeal and, for that, I will be forever grateful. www.losalamosdiary.com
As our judicial and political arena decays into ruin with each day, under the growing weight and the corrupting influence of money and corporate greed, organizations like POGO are a glimmer of hope in the darkness of despair that now engulfs our democracy. It's a shameless time we live in, full of scam artists and charlatans who could care less about the world they leave behind. POGO is leading the fight of resistance against these forces, for us . . . for our children and their children . . . for ALL future generations. www.losalamosdiary.com
I can sleep at night knowing POGO is watching what I can't. I learn about things--sometimes unwillingly--that I need to know and wouldn't otherwise find out. Thanks for everything!
I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT AS A POGO SUPPORTER I TRULY AM GLAD AND PLEASED FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO TRULY CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF OTHERS, ESPECIALLY GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY AND/OR CURRENTLY OPPRESSED IN ANY WAY!!! SO FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AS LONG AS YOU ARE AROUND, POGO!!!
I love POGO for getting the facts that those of us in the field need. The organization is a vital education tool, especially with regards to military defense budgeting and contracting. As a dedicated cancer activist on the national level, POGO provides keen insights into military waste and fraud that help me better approach the federal budgeting process.
I whole heartedly agree with the comments of "jmgear", "jballs", and "Writer" who preceded me. I just wanted to give Danielle a shout out because she is so hot! I love it when she testifies in front of our mostly clueless Congress prostitutes, and tears 'em a new one with facts! Thanks so much for what you do. I will also be upping my donation level this year - go get 'em guys!
I am a newer donor to POGO. In the past few years, I have found their investigative reporting to be fair and balanced. Our family is pretty divided politically, but we have all found reports that POGO produced that helped to educate us on issues facing our government. Few organizations can serve liberals and conservatives - and do it well! Their central message that we can ALL do better really appeals to the patriots of our country who are not blinded by partisanship.
I " entired" my thoughts in a previous entry which I lost. Why I don't know. It is 02:30 here on the west coast & I am not going to chase it down. I will pick up the pen soon.
The Centre for Defence Information at POGO is the most credible source on airpower issues. For any serious analyst of military aviation, POGO is what the Federalist Papers are for any serious student of the US Constitution: The most authoritative source of information. Their analysis is based exclusively on open-sources information. Pierre Sprey, Dan Grazier, Winslow Wheeler, Franklin C. Spinney, Thomas Christie and Col. Chet Richards (U.S. Air force, ret.), are one of the most knowledgeable and the most credible aircraft analysts in the world, with decades of experience, hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, and academic degrees under their belt. POGO are not biased and don’t have their own agenda. As for the Lockheed Martin's failed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, its defects are so numerous, so publicly available, and extremely expensive to the US taxpayer and the allies that defending it any longer is so ridiculous. One does not need classified information to know the vast majority of the F-35’s defects – the laws of physics cannot be classified etc.
The US and the allies deserve a far better single role air superiority fighter, close air support and interdictor strike bomber aeroplanes to defend their countries defence far better than the F-35.
What I like most about The Project on Government Oversight, Inc. (POGO) is that the work tirelessly against government corruption and foolish spending of tax dollars. They get results too! I always cheer when I read their newsletters of what they did or assessments made. Everyone wants an ethical, non-corrupt government. POGO does something about it. Hugs.
Persistent, consistent, concise (with more detail when you want it) turning its non-partisan light on inefficiency, waste, ethics violations, and things citizens should know. No ideological drain government in a tub nor big is better, rather efficiency, transparency, accountability. Likely the best single source of quality research for good government. USA Citizen, Daniel in Chicago.
POGO shines a spotlight on ways our government can be more of what it should, more effective and transparent. Would make Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, and a few others, proud.
POGO is about as good as it gets when it comes to providing specific, detailed, in-depth information that I can use to make an intelligent phone call to one of my Congresspersons, the White House, the head of a government agency or any other decision-maker. The POGO folks do their homework and they speak truth to power in ways that are urgently needed, especially in times like ours when foxes are being put in charge of the hen houses and it seems like just about everything regarding the public treasury and the public trust are being raffled off to special interests and industry insiders. POGO will tell you who's doing the dirty deeds and help you 'follow the money' to see who really benefits from a particular government program or expenditure. Highly recommended!
POGO HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. AS INDIVIDUALS OR AS A GROUP, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY TRUE TO A SUBJECT AND KEEP A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WITH OVERSIGHT. I WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN AN ARTICLE THAT POGO DID OVER THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. IT WAS DONE IN A REMARKABLE, INTELLIGENT WAY, I WENT OVER THE INTRICATE SUBTITLES AND COORDINATES. IT WAS ALL THERE! THE JOB OF OVERSIGHT FOR THIS SUBJECT HAD BEEN ALL DONE.
I write yet again to tout the virtues of POGO, which has incorporated two nonprofits I formerly supported, Center for Defense Information and OMB Watch.
This kind of insightful, nonpartisan, rigorously fact-based analysis of federal programs is empowerment for citizen activism of the highest order.
As a veteran, I greatly value POGO's important role in helping less-skeptical folks see through fog that the members of the "Iron Triangle" (Congress, Pentagon, Lobbyists for Contractors) emit so heavily.
I have relied on POGO for years for careful reports on the many ways in which folks try to milk the government, both from inside and outside. The organization is an essential, vigorous, non-partisan watchdog that keeps government honest (or at least tries to do so).
POGO is my go-to source for information regarding the diversion of federal funds into private pockets.
NO GROUP, COMMUNITY, STATE, NATION CAN SUSTAIN A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FOR ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNANCE WITHOUT .... OVERSIGHT. POGO DOES AND HAS DONE A REMARKABLE, INTELLIGENT, BALANCED JOB OF OVERSIGHT FOR THIS NATION. INVALUABLE. THE WORDS, "A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY REQUIRES AN INFORMED CITIZENRY" ARE NOT EMPTY OF ESSENCE, AND POGO IS NEVER EMPTY OF IMPORTANT REPORTING.
My name is Tim Strinden and I’m a huge fan of POGO, my favorite nonprofit. When you give to POGO, you get more bang for your buck than with almost any other public interest group in the country. POGO is a lean, mean, exposing machine, respected by democrats and republicans alike for its objectivity and effectiveness. In addition to exposing problems, they develop solutions and follow up to try to correct the problems. I've been a devoted follower since 1998 and am constantly amazed at the quantity and quality of the work they produce with a small staff and budget. They have exposed serious industry and regulatory waste and mismanagement in countless areas; including defense and wartime contracting, banking and finance, nuclear plants, inspector general functioning, and government resource management.
POGO has been a strong advocate for whistleblower protections and has helped many whistleblowers, including myself, to develop strategies for dealing with abuses at their workplaces. I have always found them to be gracious and generous with their limited time and resources, to help those who need it. I especially appreciate the time spent by Danielle Brian and Scott Amey on my issues, considering their many other important projects and responsibilities. I don't know how they do it all, but they do it extremely well.
A donation to POGO is one of the best ways to ensure that industry abuses and regulatory failures are exposed and corrected, which benefits all of us. We’re all fortunate that POGO exists, and is working hard for us every day. It’s too bad that more people don’t know about POGO and its accomplishments.
I rely on POGO to provide insight and news on important topics in government oversight.
POGO is the government watch-dog we all need, especially in light of the immense amount of corruption going on in every aspect of our government. With the incessant desire to 'out-source' everything government should be doing with dedicated, professional, career workers, there is an even GREATER need for POGO and its equivalent.
Keep following the money.
Thank goodness POGO is watching our government, digging into superficial reports to uncover waste, abuse, bias, and bringing these to the attention of the public - and the supervisory agencies, hopefully. We should have many more groups doing what they do.
i am so thankful to have the information i receive from pogo as it helps me read between the lines and better understand why government operates as it does so i can better comprehend how it operates as it does.
it is ever the responsibility of the citizen participant in representative government to have such tools.
The Project on Government Oversight, Inc., has promulgated excellent reporting on abuses and injustices in the American system. They are an inspiration to me. This brave organization has made me astute and passionate in my support of viable concerns. Thank you and God bless all.
I began my subscription long ago to the Center for Defense Information, which is now part of POGO. I always appreciated it for incisive critique of our Defense Department spending, and that it's sources were largely former members of the millitary, and not from either extreme of hawks or doves. ( Disclosure: I tend toward the dovish end.) The spending that was identified as wasteful seemed very objective fact-based. This carries over to POGO reporting today.
I'm a gradate student majoring in International Relations. POGO's nonpartisan work focusing on the USG's opacity and fiscal waste are pivotal for concerned citizens like me. POGO is democracy from below. Bravo!!!
POGO reports on corporations when there are failures in whistle-blower functions. One of the most worrisome problems we have is corporate capture of the organs of government originally charged to protect the public. Corporations can choose to operate transparently. When they do not, I do not want to patronize those companies. I want to know what they tried to do. I appreciate that POGO tracks and posts it when corporations try to enact improper restrictions on their employees. So many other outlets ignore this. Some even punish their own employees who work to get the messages out. I want to support transparency. It is good for everybody--less stress and tension.
I originally joined the Center for Defense Information two decades ago. I found their reporting to be in-depth and factual and their analyses to be spot on. Since they joined POGO, I've found the entire group maintains the same exceptional level of high quality work.
Holding our corrupt government accountable, this organization is greatly needed & highly important!!!!
POGO is top on my list for representing the people that matter in the USA!! I am well aware of the opposition and the tenacity and patience needed to confront their corruption in so many areas of our Beloved USA. They are one of the last bastions protecting our Constitution! They are on the front lines fighting for us citizens!! We need POGO! Thank you POGO!!!!!!! Judy Batorski
Best bang for my donor buck around. These folks do the serious research and ongoing bird-dogging that it takes to hold government and corporate bad actors accountable. One example is their ongoing coverage of the Savannah River nuclear waste scheme. There are many, many others. POGO is eminently worth supporting if you have some donation dollars that you want to put with a solid organization.
POGO informs me on subjects of great military and economic importance. As a taxpayer, I am often horrified at the misuse of taxpayer funds. The consequences reach far beyond me - global warming, unrest in the Middle East - all these big issues share one ultimate cause: bad government. Whistleblowers seek to inform the public, which is horribly uninformed and misinformed in America, leading directly to more bad government policies and actions.
Excellent, unbiased investigation and advocacy and proven to be trustworthy.
In a nation with little or no oversight over the actions and spending of our government, with no reliable news media and no investigative journalism to speak of, we desperately need organizations like POGO. The Federal Government has devolved to the point that they blatantly ignore the People of the United States in favor of the extremely wealthy, multinational corporations, and neoliberal policies, but POGO at least provides those of us marginalized and abandoned by our government reliable information on what is happening so that we can make judgments based on reality.
This is the only charity that oversees the government and its wasteful spending. Without its presence, things would surely be more wasteful. In particular, it tracks Pentagon spending which is amazingly wasteful and has helped keep the worst practices in check. I have donated to POGO for more than 10 years.
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.
I like to know the truth but in most reporting these days that is not the case because it has become media enfo-tainment distorting everything where POGO reports the facts without bias. It is informative and detailed...qualities I look for when I'm trying to make an informed decision or opinion. Thanks for the excellent work!