About POGO

Beth Daley

Former Director of Investigations

Testimony of POGO's Beth Daley on "Ensuring a Merit-Based Employment System: An Examination of the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Special Counsel"

July 12, 2007

Whistleblowers are the Congress' most important allies in the war against Executive Branch corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse, yet they face enormous risks. I hear from many whistleblowers who are seeking assistance and justice from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). I am sad to report that very few of the whistleblowers I hear from find the help they need from these agencies.

Written Statement of POGO's Beth Daley to the Royalty Policy Committee

November 14, 2006

At the last meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee on April 26, 2006, there was some discussion of the deteriorating relationship between the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and the State and Tribal Royalty Audit Committee (STRAC). Since that meeting, the relationship has deteriorated further.

Testimony of POGO's Beth Daley, Sr. Investigator, Before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations

February 14, 2006

Congress should create penalties for those who retaliate against whistleblowers who communicate with Congress. Laws like the Lloyd LaFollette Act which protect disclosures to Congress by government employees are toothless without enforcement.

Homeland and National Security Whistleblower Protections: The Unfinished Agenda

April 28, 2005

The 9/11 attacks spawned a movement of national security whistleblowers who came forward to expose the weaknesses in America’s defenses. Despite their patriotic motivations, many government security professionals have been systematically ignored and targeted by bureaucrats who would rather cover up their failure to properly secure America’s aviation system, ports, intelligence community, borders and nuclear facilities. In this comprehensive report, POGO details weaknesses in the whistleblower protection system and offers numerous ways to strengthen those protections and our national security.

Defense Contractors Running Government: A Recipe for Disaster

May 22, 2007

If you missed 60 Minutes this week, the good news is you can still watch their feature segment online. The topic is the Coast Guard's so-far disastrous Integrated Deepwater System program, and 60 Minutes interviews two of the whistleblowers, Michael DeKort and Captain Kevin Jarvis, who first exposed the program's failures. The situation began in 2002, when the Coast Guard awarded Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman a contract to manage Deepwater’s then-$17 billion program to modernize the Coast Guard’s aging fleet. And by "manage," we mean to literally manage.

Oversight Catching Up on Big Oil

December 14, 2006

Bravery is Not Always Protected

October 24, 2006

Oil & Gas Auditor in NYT

September 21, 2006

Who Wrote This Document?

May 10, 2006

Scott Bloch is the "Mike Brown" of the government's whistleblower protection agency, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.