About POGO

Andrew Wyner

Former Intern

POGO Supports Sen. Collins’s Contracting Legislation

September 5, 2013

POGO calls on the DoD IG to audit domestic preference contracting laws. In addition to following the law, the military might end up saving a buck or two.

Syria-Aiding Russian Contractor Awarded Another DoD Contract

July 17, 2013

After coming under fire for its ties to Syria and Iran, Russian helicopter contractor Rosoboronexport was recently awarded a nearly $600 million contract with the Department of Defense.

U.S. Airman Denied American-Made Boots

July 2, 2013

Master Sgt. Steven Adachi's quest for American-made boots instead of Chinese ones has led to a reprimand, retaliation, and a bipartisan congressional inquiry.

Despite Panic, Large Contractors Evading Sequestration Hit

July 1, 2013

Large contractors who once publicly panicked in the face of sequestration and threatened their employees’ jobs are just months later doing relatively well.

SIGAR Letter Reveals Nonpayment of Subcontractors

June 26, 2013

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a letter detailing the problem of prime contractors failing to pay subcontractors in Afghanistan.

House Votes to Stop Future Funding of Rosoboronexport

July 31, 2012

The House of Representatives voted to cut off future government deals with a Russian government-owned arms contractor that has provided more than $1 billion in arms to the Syrian government. The contractor, Rosoboronexport, has supplied weapons to a brutal Syrian regime led by Bashar Al-Assad and currently has a contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) worth nearly $1 billion to supply helicopters to Afghanistan.

Billion-Dollar Deal with Russian Firm Sets Off Contracting Alarm

June 15, 2012

Day by day, Bashar al-Assad's brutal Syrian regime continues to crack down on its own civilian population. So when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia this week of providing attack helicopters to the Syrian government, most Americans were rightly outraged. But how would Americans feel if they knew nearly a billion taxpayer dollars were supporting the Russian arms broker at the center of the controversy? Unfortunately, that may very well be the case.

Lobbyists Call for Lobbying Reform

May 24, 2012

POGO recently sat down with Howard Marlowe, president of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL), to discuss ALL's recommendations for reforming the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA). ALL's proposed reforms would force more lobbyists to disclose their lobbying activities and attempt to close many loopholes that continue to plague lobbying registration.

Senate Subcommittee Considers True Cost of Service Contractors

April 2, 2012

The government must create a model to comprehensively compare service costs between the private, public, and contracting sectors in order to effectively spend taxpayers’ money.

SUNSHINE WEEK: Many Agencies Violate FOIA's 20-Day Requirement

March 16, 2012

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of the most powerful tools to pry public information out of the federal government. But while FOIA requires agencies to respond to a request for information within 20 business days, an analysis of a recent batch of POGO FOIA requests shows that many agencies are violating the law by failing to meet even this basic requirement.

SUNSHINE WEEK: Revolving Regulators at the CFTC

March 15, 2012

As part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to highlight the importance of open government and freedom of information, POGO is releasing a host records obtained by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).