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.
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' ;)
pogo does things and asks the questions noone else will
I fully endorse what the project on government oversight is doing 110%
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.
If you want to know what is really going on, this is the place to find out!
The Project on Government Oversight works tirelessly to uncover and expose the Never Ending Wasteful Spending that our Government is involved in Every Day. If all of the Hard Working American People knew the extent of America's Black Budget, they would Join Together and Vote All of the Congress Members that participate in these Actions Out of Office!
This group does an excellent job of exposing and explaining in layman terms the multi layered problems of waste and over spending that our Tax Payer Dollars are spent on. They often go againest the Public Information stories provided by our Government, and are not afraid to tell the truth on many subjects taht concern our Health and Safety. I rely on them to get the real story on all of todays hot issues.
POGO, is a devoted source for exposing the Good as well as the Bad issues of spending our Taxpayer Dollars.
Gerard F. Gaudin
POGO has been keeping our not for profit biz informed for years on environmental issues and business issues that effect our daily lives, and they keep us on top of information that we share with clients on a daily basis
I love reading about the hard work and dedication of this NFP group. They are diligent, fair and have terrific outcomes that ultimately will shape our future government and leadership.
POGO is my go-to source for information regarding the diversion of federal funds into private pockets.