Former Director of Communications
Year Started at POGO: 2015
Ari brings more than a decade of communications experience from inside the Beltway. On the Hill, he was Press Secretary for Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and a Journalism Fellow for former Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). Off the Hill, Ari was the Press Secretary for Radio Free Europe, AIPAC, and The ONE Campaign, the global anti-poverty advocacy group founded by U2 frontman Bono. Ari has written more than two dozen op-Eds on foreign policy, global development, and US politics. Before life as a father of five, Ari earned his Master’s from Cambridge University and captained its baseball team.
POGO today sent a letter to the Office of White House Counsel urging the administration to ensure that Stephen A. Feinberg is subject to conflict-of-interest laws if he is chosen for an advisory role to the President.
Devin Nunes temporarily stepping aside from the committee's investigation into Russian involvement "may be a step in the right direction, but details of the arrangement are confusing and we first need answers," says POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1) to demonstrate the leadership’s commitment to preserving the separation of powers that provide the checks and balances required by the Constitution.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.
POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Schwellenbach as POGO Director of Investigations, a position he previously held before going into government service.
POGO is requesting that the Department of Justice launch an investigation into possible ethics violations by White House staff, including the recent communications of Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. endorsing the personal business interests of Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Trump and spouse of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) emphatically condemns Congress’ vote to eliminate an important anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining industries. The rule, known as the Cardin-Lugar provision, or Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, required oil, gas, and mining companies listed on US stock exchanges to disclose the royalties and taxes they pay to the US and foreign governments in order to extract natural resources, including those that are publicly owned. This protected U.S. national security and energy security interests by preventing secrecy and government abuse abroad.
In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) said the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, passed in 2012, has made it easier for federal employees to report wrongdoing, but protections could be strengthened in key ways.
On behalf of civil society groups, The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today formally requested the removal of the American Petroleum Institute (API) from the United States Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), which is part of an international effort to promote open and accountable management of natural resources.
POGO is urging its supporters to contact lawmakers meeting today to discuss eliminating an anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining industries.
POGO's Policy Counsel, Liz Hempowicz, joins our latest podcast to talk about two good government wins included in the defense budget bill, for information access and whistleblower protections, as well as our hopes for the Inspector General Empowerment Act.
A group of bipartisan experts urge President-elect Donald Trump to immediately divest his businesses and place the assets and investments into a genuine blind trust.
This story is a perfect illustration of the biggest problems affecting the Defense Department: a contractor workforce that costs too much and a fear that exposing waste will lead to cuts in defense spending. It and other reports also show there are plenty of opportunities to cut Pentagon spending and the next administration should be skeptical of anyone who tells them otherwise.
In our new podcast, Congressional Fellows (employees who are embedded on Congressional staffs) are collecting salaries from outside groups, including industry. It sounds like every lobbyist's fantasy. But it's not fiction - it's a reality on Capitol Hill.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) raises this important issue in our latest podcast. POGO investigator Mia Steinle talks about the woefully outdated royalty programs for the mining and drilling of natural resources on public lands.
If we don't get Congress to change this secrecy clause in the NDAA, we may be stuck with a Pentagon that cannot be held accountable for wasting taxpayer money. Listen to this 9 minute podcast.
Wanna hear POGO's take on Trump's taxes and Hillary's emails?
Donors shouldn’t be driving the next president's cabinet and policy agenda.
POGO goes big on Sunshine Week with a series of events drawing attention to the importance of making government information accessible to the public.
The Project On Government Oversight urges everyone to contact their Member of Congress to oppose a rule change proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to undermine the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
"This story is a perfect illustration of the biggest problems affecting the Defense Department: a contractor workforce that costs too much and a fear that exposing waste will lead to cuts in defense spending," said Danielle Brian, POGO Executive Director.
A new investigation by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals the extent to which the FDA is dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry for its funding. And many of the so-called patient and consumer advocacy groups that are supposed to be a bulwark against industry influence also have strong ties to drug companies.
After the troubled Minerals Management Service was successfully dissolved in 2011, the fight to ensure taxpayers receive their fair share continues as good government groups like POGO argue that minerals on public lands should not be given away for free. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.
While the Interior Department successfully overhauled regulations for the extraction of natural resources like oil, the federal coal program is due for more changes. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.
POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian tells The Atlantic there are many examples of Congress conducting good oversight investigations under the radar.
A report hidden from the public for three years finds former Bureau of Land Management employee Steve Henke “violated agency policy, federal laws, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”