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!
POGO does a lot of good work that the mainstream media misses, has little interest in or distorts.
POGO uncovers and covers very important issues that the news media overlooks. I really appreciate their efforts.
POGO has helped with a lot of different and things and I am happy to be able to voice my opinions on all the different projects they are helping out with. Keep doing what all of you are doing.
For the past few years, I have been reading the literature published by POGO. It has provided information that is not available through the general media and has helped correct much of the misinformation that is available through main line sources, particularly funding for the military. I appreciate the fact that POGO points out how federal funds can be spent most helpfully and where money has and is being wasted. I have used information from POGO to write to my U.S. senators and representative.
Fearless! Delves into controversial subjects others won't consider. I'm often searching for details on subjects only POGO provides. Thank you for your consistency.
I think it is important to know the truth. POGO is an excellent source of information. The people who investigate and write the columns are excellent . Keep up this important work! Everyone should read this web site.
A force for morality and decency, supporting whistleblowers and exposing the astonishing abuses of a goverment that is out of control
POGO, independent and brutally honest, it is the beacon of enlightenment for our democracy. No other public service provides more vital information.
I work as a documentary film producer for political activist causes and war costs accountability of the US military industrial complex. I can say without reserve that POGO is a true American hero.
truly outstanding group. the position of whistleblowers has not been easy in Obama administration. POGO continues to bring issues and unknown issues to the public while protecting those who have brought them to POGO. POGO continues to be the only place where whistleblowers can go to have the issues which concern them brought to the public while they receive the best protection>
I recommend getting rid of the acronym. It has no meaning of connotations which could be in any way of positive value for anyone unfamiliar with the organization.
The Project on Government Oversight is a resource I can't do without. It has consistently put out non-partisan unbiased analyses of where my tax dollars are spent...and misspent. I know I can count on POGO whether the economy is good or bad, whether the President is Republican or Democrat, and no matter how Congress is split. They just want to get to the truth of how our money is spent and shine a light on on obvious excesses. They don't flood my inbox with every trivial budgetary foible, just the really egregious misdeeds.
Thank you POGO! Keep up the good work.
Danielle Brian and POGO are one of the few organizations I feel I can turn to without having to filter their opinions. They consistently present both sides of the story, avoid inflammatory rhetoric, and support their point with straightforward and reliable facts. Also, they cover subjects that need covering that most of the media is ominously silent about
I'm a third-time Auckland Mayoral candidate, campaigning against over 30 years of Neo-liberal 'Rogernomic$' - based upon the unsubstantiated myth and mantra 'public is bad - private is good'.
The reality, of course, is that as soon as you get into the contracting-out (privatisation) of public services - you get into 'contract management'.
Central and local government staff are regarded as being 'too dumb' to know how to do that - so they hire private sector consultants to 'project manage' the private sector works contractors, who, in so many cases then sub-contract.
So - by the time you get to down and dirty to the 'boots and overalls' who actually do something productive - you may go through up to four layers of 'pin-stripe suits' all clipping the ticket.
How on earth can that be more 'cost-effective' spending of public tax and rates monies compared with running public services by directly-employed staff under the 'not-for-profit' public service model?
Your WONDERFUL POGO research from September 2011 proving contracting out is 'bad business' and twice as expensive as in- house service provision, is the only research that I found, that makes this case.
Thank you POGO - SO much for all your hard work on this HUGE issue.
I have used your research whenever and wherever I can.
Locally, nationally and internationally, it's time for the worldwide 99% to realise that globally, collectively, we have been 'sold a pup' and it is time to ROLL BACK 'ROGERNOMIC$'!
Keep up the GREAT work!
2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.
'Her Warship' ;)
I learned of POGO through the Center for Defense Information, which I have supported for over 30 years. Both seem dedicated to improving government by identifying agencies, activities and projects that need improving, and by supporting whistleblowers and their protections. Their writings and conclusions appear fact-based, well researched and well reasoned.
I have been a donor to POGO since the late 1980's. Their success in keeping the government honest is exemplified in the growth they have sustained in since. In these times when the media is shirking their responsibilities for investigative reporting, we desperately need someone to take up the burden. POGO has demonstrated their determination to do whatever possible to keep a bright light on government activities. I am grateful for their capabilities and experience. I will continue to give what I can to help the work. I wish it were more.
I have been associated with POGO for a number of years and have their work to be of the greatest importance. The are effective in their work, and they communicate what is happening inside the government. I will continue to be a donor in the future.
I wish more people knew about POGO and at the very least read the very informative emails sent to me. Eye opening, often shocking .... thankyou POGO!
I love and trust POGO. They do an incredible job of revealing blundering, corruption, and incompetency in our government. I read their newsletter every time it comes out and I donate to them regularly.
Without someone looking over their shoulder, our government would run off the rails. POGO is a crucial voice for citizens, and I believe that they make a substantial contribution to improving the way the US is run.
While I have no particular experience with POGO, my general impression is favorable.
British Philosopher Frances Bacon, (the scientists not the artist) said, "Knowledge is
Power." When you know something you have the power to act.
Louis Brandies, writing in his classic book, Other People's Money, (101 years ago!) said you can have great wealth or democracy but not both. He is best remembered for his quote,"Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and an electric light the best policeman."
Perhaps the best illustration, which you should obtain permission to print is the cartoon by the late great Herblock, the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post.
His cartoon showing two middle aged bureaucrats with 1950s suits look at a paper with the signs "U.S. Department of..." They are examining a document. One says to the other, "Well, we certainly botched that job. What will we stamp it, Secret or Top Secret?"
That says it all. Everything else is data and details.
I find POGO very informative and keep me up to date on the Shenanigans going on in our Government. Everyone should subscribe to it if you want to stay informed on how your Tax Dollars are Spent!
I find POGO to be an essential non-profit that provides top notch fully vetted information that would not be available or reported on in standard media. The different areas and programs of government that they review would go unabated and unaccountable without POGO's oversight in a world that sorely needs as much transparency as possible ... (this is seen in the many times that Congress relies on POGO's testimony as THE subject matter experts) ...
The issues and information gathered by POGO is staggering. Everything you wanted to know but afraid to ask or didn't think possible is available through the work and dedication of all the staff @ POGO.
"Accountability" is one of the most overused and under-implemented concepts inside our democratic government. "Accountability" does not come without transparency and real and untainted information. POGO does more than any organization I know to assure American citizens that our government IS accountable. Thank you, POGO, for your important contributions and efforts to making ours a more genuine democracy. I salute you!
Transparency is the key to effective government and it does not come by accident, but by hard work. POGO exemplifies this hard work
pogo does things and asks the questions noone else will
I fully endorse what the project on government oversight is doing 110%
No telling what the US government would do if left without POGO. Even with that oversight, they still do stupid and terrible things, but I think it would be far worse if someone wasn't checking up on them
POGO does the job that the GAO and departmental IGs ought to be doing better. I count on them to keep me informed about fraud, abuse, and downright silliness in government.
I admire their tenacity and thoroughness and so donate annually. They are especially good on looking at defense procurement, an area which is always rife with inefficiency and, sadly, corruption in virtually all nations. You need an independent watchdog to try and keep things open and honest.
This organization provides the oversight of our government that Congress should be doing, but is failing miserably at. It takes groups like POGO made of private citizens to weed out the waste, fraud and corruption in our federal government. It also tries to get the government back within its constitutionally delineated duties, because the federal government has grossly expanded between the limited responsibilities it was supposed to have - protect our liberties, provide for the common defence and promote international commerce.
I find the information presented in POGO indispensable. Few sources expose the ineptitude of government better than POGO. From insightful articles on the military industrial complex trying to sell an airplane that won't keep up, to the incompetence in building a nuclear recovery site that has had so many cost overruns it is infuriating. It should be REQUIRED reading by those in the halls of government, at every level. POGO pulls the curtain back on a government that costs all of us while enriching the few.
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.
One of the few 501(c)(3) nongovernmental organizations working to make government accountable to the American citizen and taxpayer
A great organization, sharp, focused and effective.
I count on POGO to keep me informed on governmental issues that are of concern to every citizen in this country. POGO has exceed my expectations in this regard. They have dug deep and worked hard to protect us all. My hat is off to this organization.
POGO provides in depth reporting of government expenditures especially wasteful like Wisconsin Senator Proxmire used to do publicly via mass media.
POGO gets to the heart of issues so taxpayers can count that there money is used properly and wisely
I've followed their work for several years and always been impressed with their ability to get to the point. They give reliable advice, and motivate action without promoting craziness.
I trust and respect POGO's work.
POGO digs deep into issues about which every American citizen and taxpayer should care. I particularly appreciate the e-newsletter sent every Saturday.