Public Policy Fellow
Christine Anderson focuses on systemic public policy fixes to increase government openness and accountability. She has contributed to POGO’s letters, policy proposals, education materials, and blog posts on issues such as reforming whistleblower protections, reshaping the Pentagon budget, and increasing government transparency through reforms to the Freedom of Information Act. Prior to joining POGO, Anderson interned at the Center for International Policy, the American Civil Liberties Union of CO, the US Mission to the UN, a UN Expert Panel on North Korea Sanctions, EngenderHealth-Tanzania, and The American Prospect. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
While touting its accomplishments in opening the government, the Obama Administration stays silent on complaints from reporters about restricted access to government officials.
Following a wrong-minded Supreme Court decision affecting victims of toxic waste, the North Carolina legislature took steps to clarify laws that offer hope for Camp Lejeune water contamination victims and countless others.
Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that will shine a much brighter light on how the government spends taxpayer dollars.
On the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, POGO looks at current whistleblower law issues.
The release of a mortality study showing higher death rates for victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune sparked controversy over cancer incidence within the affected population. Meanwhile, the CDC agency director responsible for the studies resigned suddenly.
The Transparency In Government Act offers a number of welcome good government reforms.
In an important case that will soon come before the Supreme Court, the U.S. Solicitor General is supporting a known polluter’s attempts to get out of paying for damages.This could have a huge impact on the victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination.
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.
In an upcoming Supreme Court case, the Department of Justice shows that it is set on skirting justice for the victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination crisis.
Today, the Project On Government Oversight joined a broad coalition of groups – from the fiscally conservative to socially progressive – in drawing attention to “the continued use of a ‘slush fund’ to circumvent the very spending caps that Congress itself put in place.”
A recent SIGAR report finds that Afghan ministries entrusted with direct assistance from USAID are at high risk of corruption, a fact that USAID doesn't want the American public to know.
Groups with diverse interests and ideologies come together to call for smart defense spending on the upcoming omnibus appropriations in Congress.
POGO's Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury testifies on the Hill on matters of national security sensitive positions and the troubling nature of the growing national security state.
The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence postpones hearing on surveillance law reforms.
As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is changing the laws on surveillance—but we don't know how. The text of the proposed legislation and the Committee meeting being held to discuss it are both closed to the public.
As the Administration drafts its second National Action Plan for open government, civil society weighs in.
POGO is pleased to report over $4 billion in Pentagon savings after we and our partners helped champion several commonsense amendments to the House Defense Appropriations bill.
This year there are more opportunities to cut unnecessary spending in the Defense Appropriations Act than there has been in a very long time.
As the House Rules Committee considers amendments on the Defense Appropriations Act, our allies urge House leadership to allow all amendments to go to the Floor.
Although some Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) subcommittees have slowly begun to open their NDAA markups to the public, POGO continues to wait for the day the SASC will open all its closed NDAA discussions to the public.
In a report released Tuesday, the fiscally conservative organizations R Street Group and National Taxpayers Union found over $1.8 trillion in potential savings at the Pentagon.
Representatives Speier and Coffman succeeded in attaching an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will protect whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault in the military.
There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.
As the House Armed Services Committee marks up the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO and others urge Members to support the Speier-Coffman Amendment for military whistleblower protection enhancements.
A bipartisan group of Representatives congratulated Defense Secretary Hagel on his commitment to shrinking the DoD budget, and the Pentagon in turn asked for Congress's help in cutting unwanted programs.
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and co-sponsor Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced a bill that would expand protections for military whistleblowers and those who report sexual assault in the military.
Quick action by Senator Leahy, POGO, and other transparency advocates stalled movement on unnecessary amendments to the Farm Bill proposed by Senators Grassley and Connelly that would undermine the Freedom of Information Act.
As both the House and Senate introduce new drafts of the DATA Act, the time could be ripe for real reform to federal spending transparency.
USASpending.gov is supposed to be a hub for citizens to find information about government spending, but it comes up short when trying to answer some key questions.
USASpending.gov is a federal spending information website that is riddled with errors and gaps in information, making it impossible to follow taxpayer dollars.
POGO takes a look at the Administration's self-assessment of its first year in the global Open Government Partnership. Implementation of the National Action Plan led to some encouraging steps forward, though these steps were not as bold as hoped.
The investigative role of Inspectors General (IGs) would be strengthened in the Senate's new budget proposal.
Last week 13 bills that cover issues from security to freedom of information were passed with extraordinary bipartisanship by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.