Former Beth Daley Impact Fellow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Unknown Known documentary brings Rumsfeld national security memos to the big screen.
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.
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.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed important legislation that will go a long way towards reforming the Freedom of Information Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the government shutdown continues, its impact goes far beyond the furloughed federal workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A survey of inspectors general (IG) released yesterday discovered that they have been significantly affected by the sequester and other budget cuts.
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.
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.