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 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
POGO digs deep into issues about which every American citizen and taxpayer should care. I particularly appreciate the e-newsletter sent every Saturday.
Valuable and proven resource for the concerned citizen
Getting to the bottom of many issues and providing insight to readers so we can keep our government accountable is not easy. POGO does this very well.
POGO's research that helps keeps us informed about government is amazing! I especially rely on their information about inspectors general and whistleblowers to write academic papers. Danielle Bryan is wonderful!
POGO does what no other organization dares to do -uncover the almost unthinkable waste, fraud, and pure malfeasance of defense industry contracting corruption, which is draining this country of money much-needed elsewhere. This is only one of the many things they tirelessly, fearlessly investigate, and they bring results; though not nearly enough, as they are up against long-entrenched, powerful (and quite indifferent) interests. POGO is invaluable to our practicing of anything remotely resembling democracy, and should be highly valued, and their efforts carefully nurtured.
I find POGO particularly insightful on US military over spending such as the f35 fighter jet. They have their facts in a row and give you a good insiight into why things went that way.
I've been donating to POGO for a number of years now, since first finding out about this non-profit. The work that they do is indispensable to holding our government accountable. I look forward to their e-mails to keep me up to date on government spending. I plan on supporting them for many years to come.
This the type of agency the government needs to keep wasteful and unnecessary spending down. There is absolutely no excuse for the useless projects and constant cost overruns that are now occurring. If the Republicans really want to cut the budget they need to heed POGO's excellent advice.
It is vital that government is held accountable and remains transparent in its dealings with the public. That is why I support POGO in supporting whistle blowers on government fraud, corruption and just plain incompetence.
In a world where Industry, mega corporations and governments routinely lie to protect their own interests at the expense of the public, it is vitally important that organizations exist to speak Truth to Power. As someone who is active regarding the mistreatment of animals, the environment and transparency in our government, I applaud POGO for its stand and efforts to make our government more transparent accountable for its actions.
One of, if not THE best non-profits around. I don't contribute to many, but I do to POGO. I consider them the most responsible and capable organization trying to keep our government accountable.
As a taxpayer and a retired federal employee, POGO helps me keep up with what's going on in our government both behind the scenes and within public view.
Thanks to this nonprofit for taking on a complex and time consuming task. I have vary high standards for nonprofits, and I am happy to be able to support their work
My wife and I are strong supporters of POGO. The service it provides to whistle blowers is invaluable.
Those on the hunt for real news soon despair of mainstream media, but it's also easy to despair of keeping up with online resources. E-mail is eating my life, so I'm forced to cut back -- but I never think of cutting POGO. Theirs is a larger vision -- evident in their overall approach to and understanding of the issues, which goes far beyond presenting stories that won't be stale in a week.
Katherine (Erin) Harris, Albuquerque, NM
How would I know what my government is really doing with all that money?
Thank you POGO
Margaret Noyes DNP, RN
Without Oversight from Non-Profits like POGO-Project On Government Oversight Whistleblowers would not be able to provide both American Taxpayers and the Offices of the Inspector General with Invaluable Information on Government Waste and Fraud. Revealing DOD's F-35 program Boondoggle and the Stealth "Hidden" Price$ for a new B-21 Bomber are just a few reasons to support this organization and they have the expertise to back it up with Fact!
POGO's work is essential, and if not unique, at least extraordinary.
POGO's nonpartisan research, watch dogging, public education and advocacy are all the more essential when the nation faces so many critical challenges in the face of constrained resources, and as when special interests spend billions of dollars seeking to snow the public and public decision makers with blizzards of misleading propaganda.
I continue to follow POGO's research and donate. I am impressed with both their scope and ability to make progress on single issues.
I support POGO regularly because I believe the focus, ethics and dedication of the group aligns with my values of government accountability, transparency, efficiency. As a small federal government contracting business I am also aware of the waste of many contracting services and believe POGO has targeted several wasteful programs. The website is also a helpful clearinghouse of policy and investigative info.
POGO is an organization that actually helps and is effective. Many non-profits, even those that mean well, get little accomplished. I head a non-profit myself and know POGO is one of the best.
POGO is an important tool in the almost futile attempt to allow the public to know what the government is doing. It is unfortunate that we need to have this type of organization but we do. I am very happy to support it and its goals.