About POGO

Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson

Former Public Policy Fellow


Areas of expertise: advocacy, legislative policy analysis, coordinating coalition campaigns

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.

Government Not Open to Journalists

August 14, 2014

While touting its accomplishments in opening the government, the Obama Administration stays silent on complaints from reporters about restricted access to government officials.

Where Does the Money Go? Soon We’ll Know Better

April 18, 2014

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that will shine a much brighter light on how the government spends taxpayer dollars.

The 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act

April 10, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, POGO looks at current whistleblower law issues.

Cancer Study on Camp Lejeune Mired in Controversy

March 31, 2014

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.

Sunshine from Congress

March 13, 2014

The Transparency In Government Act offers a number of welcome good government reforms.

DOJ Gets It Wrong on Camp Lejeune – Again

March 6, 2014

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.

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.

The Department of In-Justice?

February 24, 2014

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.

POGO Tells Congress: Troubling National Security Claims Overshadow Rights

November 20, 2013

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.

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know

November 7, 2013

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.

Secret Hearing on Domestic Spying Postponed

October 3, 2013

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence postpones hearing on surveillance law reforms.

Open Government Closed, Watchdogs Shut Out

October 3, 2013

As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.

Make a Difference: Open Doors on Intelligence Reform

October 1, 2013

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.

In Midst of Government Secrecy, a National Plan for Openness

September 26, 2013

As the Administration drafts its second National Action Plan for open government, civil society weighs in.

House Votes to Save More than $4 Billion at the Pentagon

July 31, 2013

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.

Critical Votes on Savings at the Pentagon Today

July 23, 2013

This year there are more opportunities to cut unnecessary spending in the Defense Appropriations Act than there has been in a very long time.

Rules Committee Threatens to Nix Debate on Defense Spending

July 22, 2013

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.

Shining Light on Closed Doors

June 18, 2013

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.

Conservative Report Finds $1.8 Trillion in Pentagon Savings

June 6, 2013

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.

One Step Closer to a More Just and Effective Military

June 6, 2013

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.

Senate Should Support Cardin Amendment to Farm Bill Over Grassley-Donnelly Amendments

June 5, 2013

There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.

House Votes Today on Whistleblowers in the Military

June 5, 2013

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.

Pentagon Tells Congress: Stop Giving Us What We Don’t Need

May 30, 2013

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.

Time to End the Silent Suffering—Whistleblower Protections in the Military

May 29, 2013

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.

Leahy, POGO, and Partners Stall Farm Bill Secrecy Amendment

May 24, 2013

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.

DATA Act 2.0: Fewer Bells, but Brighter Future

May 22, 2013

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: NOT Your One-Stop Shop for Following Taxpayer Dollars

May 15, 2013

USASpending.gov is a federal spending information website that is riddled with errors and gaps in information, making it impossible to follow taxpayer dollars.

Ten Questions That USASpending.Gov Can’t Answer

May 15, 2013

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.

Obama Administration Grades Openness Performance on a Curve

April 18, 2013

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.

Inspectors General Receive Much-Needed Attention in Senate

March 26, 2013

The investigative role of Inspectors General (IGs) would be strengthened in the Senate's new budget proposal.

Real Reform? Open Government Legislation Moving in the House

March 26, 2013

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.