About POGO

Avery Kleinman

Former Beth Daley Impact Fellow

akleinman@pogo.org |

Year Started at POGO: 2013

Avery Kleinman is POGO’s second Beth Daley Fellow. She writes and edits content for POGO’s blog, assists in the production of podcasts and videos, drafts press releases, and promotes POGO through the strategic use of social media. Avery moved to D.C. after graduating in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she studied audio and video production. She also spent a year at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Avery has interned at two NPR member stations: WNYC, where she produced segments for the daily interview program The Leonard Lopate Show, and WUNC, where she worked in the News department writing stories for the web and air. She has also contributed to various online publications, including Elle and College Candy, where she wrote a weekly news column summing up the week’s events for a college-aged audience. During her time at UNC, Avery worked as a marketing specialist for the UNC School of Government, which aids and trains local government officials.

The Beth Daley Impact Fund Fellowship was created to honor the legacy of Beth Daley, a longtime POGO employee who left a lasting imprint on the organization.

Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers

May 30, 2014

The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.

EITI: The U.S. Effort to Increase Transparency in the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries

September 24, 2013

A federal advisory committee is working on a proposal that would allow the U.S. to implement international transparency standards for extractive industries that drill or mine on public lands.

Settlement Finally Brings Justice to Marine Corps Whistleblower

September 25, 2014

More than seven years after he first raised concerns about a lack of safe military vehicles in Iraq—truth telling that got him reprimanded and suspended—Marine science advisor Franz Gayl can finally get back to work.

Report Finds Pentagon’s Real Estate Inventory Incomplete, Incorrect and Inconsistent

September 19, 2014

The Department of Defense has no idea what’s going on in more than half the properties it owns and it has no plans to figure that information out, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Charles Lewis’ New Book Looks at the Lies Your President Told You and Other Mistruths

August 21, 2014

Charles Lewis’ new book, 935 Lies—The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, expands upon a Center for Public Integrity project that tracked the number of false statements that the President George W. Bush administration told in the two-year build up to the war in Iraq.

Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea Comes Clean in ‘Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer’

August 18, 2014

Investigative reporter Dan Moldea has had a decorated, if not controversial, career as a muckraker. His book, Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer, is one part memoir and one part history lesson.

POGO's Director of Public Policy Moves to Head New Organization

July 11, 2014

Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy at the Project On Government Oversight since 2010, is moving on from our organization to a new role as Executive Director for Council for a Livable World, its Candidate Fund, and its sister think tank, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

VA Whistleblowers Recount Retaliation for Voicing Concerns

July 9, 2014

Four Veterans Affairs whistleblowers from across the country told a House committee they had experienced harsh retaliation from superiors after they voiced concerns about the effectiveness and quality of health care for veterans.

VA IG Confirms Phoenix Hospital Lied about Wait Times

May 28, 2014

An internal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog confirmed allegations today of falsified records at VA healthcare facilities, and in one case, discovered that veterans were waiting 91 days longer for care than the facility was reporting.

Why the Senate NDAA Markup Needs To Be Public

May 22, 2014

The Project On Government Oversight is working hard to bring transparency to the Senate’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in Pentagon spending and many of its wide-ranging policies for the coming year.

POGO, IAVA Urge VA Whistleblowers to Report Problems at VAOversight.org

May 15, 2014

To help hold the VA accountable and find solutions to the systemic problems, the Project On Government Oversight has partnered with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to launch VAOversight.org.

Snowden, Poitras Awarded Truth-Telling Prize for Exposing Illegal NSA Surveillance

April 30, 2014

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who exposed, arguably, the biggest government overreach into Americans’ privacy in the nation’s history, and Laura Poitras, the journalist who helped bring the story to the public, were honored Wednesday with the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

DATA Act Will Bring Greater Transparency to Federal Spending

April 29, 2014

Landmark legislation that would create much more transparency in how federal agencies are spending taxpayer dollars passed the House Monday and is headed to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Camp Lejeune Supporters Tell Supreme Court to Stand by Toxic Pollution Victims

April 23, 2014

This morning, POGO was joined by like-minded supporters, including the Environmental Working Group, famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich and Ret. Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger to demand justice for the victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Screening of Rumsfeld Documentary Sparks Discussion About Government Secrecy

March 24, 2014

The Unknown Known documentary brings Rumsfeld national security memos to the big screen.

U.S. Joins International Effort to Bring Transparency to Drilling, Mining Industries

March 19, 2014

An international organization working to bring greater transparency and accountability to industries that extract natural resources accepted the U.S. as a candidate for membership at a meeting of its board today in Oslo, Norway.

Looking Forward to When FOIA is No Longer Needed

March 14, 2014

Open government activists, journalists and interested citizens gathered today at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum to celebrate the 16th annual National Freedom of Information Day, part of this year’s Sunshine Week.

House Unanimously Passes Freedom of Information Improvements

March 4, 2014

Last week, the House of Representatives passed important legislation that will go a long way towards reforming the Freedom of Information Act.

FDA Surveillance Threatened Whistleblowers

February 28, 2014

On Wednesday, POGO's Angela Canterbury testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on the wrongful surveillance of whistleblowers at the FDA.

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35

February 19, 2014

The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. Fortunately, a new video from Brave New Films tells the other side of the story.

Six House Members Seek to Oust Intelligence Director

January 28, 2014

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be removed because of untruthful statements he made before Congress concerning the intelligence community’s use of bulk data collection programs, six members of Congress said this week in a letter sent to President Obama.

POGO Applauds Retirement of Head of DoD Sexual Assault Program

January 8, 2014

Shortly after the POGO called for the removal of the head of the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, the Department announced that Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton is retiring from the position and will be replaced in January 2014.

Big Victory for Military Whistleblowers and Victims of Sexual Assault

December 20, 2013

Congress has passed strengthened protections for military whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault against unfair retaliation which are headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

‘Hedge Hogs’ Gives Inside Look at Wall Street’s Outrageous Behavior

December 16, 2013

In Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster, Barbara Dreyfuss uses her investigative and analytic skills to give readers an insider look at the high-stakes, high-ego culture of Wall Street.

'Deep State' Delves Into Shadowy World of Government Secrecy

December 13, 2013

David Brown's new book, Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, which he co-authors with Atlantic contributing editor Marc Ambinder, reveals previously unknown government secrets and analyzes how preventing leaks became an all-out war.

New Database Tracks Revolving Door Between DoD and Defense Industry

October 25, 2013

A new database released by the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of senior defense officials requested ethics opinions as they moved from federal jobs to the private sector. A large majority, 84 percent, had a specific employer in mind, most of which were defense companies.

Dangers of Military Burn Pits Highly Disputed

October 24, 2013

Countless individuals who worked near burn-pits that the military and government contractors use to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan say the fumes caused serious illnesses, but so far, little research has been done to disprove or corroborate this theory.

Impact of Government Shutdown Continues to Grow

October 2, 2013

As the government shutdown continues, its impact goes far beyond the furloughed federal workers.

The ATF Loses 2.1 Million Cartons of Cigarettes and Other Wasteful Mistakes

September 27, 2013

A 68-page audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released yesterday revealed some startling examples of wasteful spending and face-palm worthy screw-ups, like when federal agents misplaced 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes, with a retail of more than $127 million. Finders-keepers for some lucky smoker out there.

U.S. Seeks to Join International Transparency Initiative

September 24, 2013

In early 2014, the U.S. will submit its application to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a 39-country standard intended to increase the amount of information drilling and mining industries make available to the public.

New Declassification Board Member Has Long Classification Past

September 23, 2013

Last week, Kenneth L. Wainstein was quietly named to the Public Interest Declassification Board. Wainstein is not the first person you might think of with an interest in promoting government transparency. In fact, his work experience suggests a serious conflict of interest.

Navy Yard Shooter Was Security-Cleared Contractor

September 19, 2013

In the days since a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard complex in Washington, D.C., many have been questioning why–despite warning signs like gun-related arrests and mental illness–Aaron Alexis was given secret-level clearance for his job with a subcontractor to Hewlett Packard.

Inspectors General Concerned About Budget Cuts and Staff Vacancies

September 18, 2013

A survey of inspectors general (IG) released yesterday discovered that they have been significantly affected by the sequester and other budget cuts.

Why Zero Wall Street CEOs Are in Jail

September 13, 2013

Five years after Lehman Brothers fell and the U.S. economy collapsed in on itself, not a single Wall Street C.E.O. is in jail. In fact, none of them have even faced criminal charges.

VA Makes Headway on Backlog with New Technology

September 12, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is finally cutting down on its huge backlog of veterans’ benefits claims thanks to a new computer system meant to aid the compensation process.