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Jana Persky


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Watching the Watchdogs: The Good, the Bad, and What We Need from the Inspectors General

January 14, 2014

Inspectors General are in place to hold their agencies accountable, yet a number lack the strength, independence, and integrity to effectively do so. Our report looks at some notable failures and successes by IGs and suggests places where the IG system can be reformed.

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.

Celebrating FOIA's 47th Birthday

July 3, 2013

A short little video about the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was signed on July 4, 1966.

The Rise of Intelligence Contractors

June 25, 2013

POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey went on C-SPAN to discuss Edward Snowden and the rapid increase in private intelligence contractors.

The Rise of Intelligence Contractors

June 25, 2010

POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey went on C-SPAN to discuss Edward Snowden and the rapid increase in private intelligence contractors.

POGO's Transparency Efforts Taking It to Ghana

August 22, 2013

Through the years, our work has taken us to Europe, Asia and South America. Next week, we’ll add Africa to the list when Project On Government Oversight investigator Mia Steinle travels to Ghana thanks to a Ford Foundation grant.

Freeland Says Globalization, Technology and Global Politics Driving Growth of the Super Rich

August 9, 2013

In Plutocrats: The Rise of the Global Super-Rich, Chrystia Freeland describes how wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a historically tiny number individuals, who live a lifestyle many people can barely imagine.

Ghattas: U.S. Foreign Policy Must Adapt to the 21st Century, Rising Superpowers

August 8, 2013

During her term as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton traveled nearly a million miles to more than 100 different countries. And BBC Correspondent Kim Ghattas was right there with her.

Goodman: America's Bloated Military Spending Hurts U.S. Mission

August 5, 2013

In his sixth book on international security issues, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, Melvin Goodman breaks down America’s military and intelligence failures stretching back to the Eisenhower administration.

LCS: Still a Sinking Ship

July 26, 2013

Recent GAO testimony shows that the Navy continues to spend money on untested parts of the Littoral Combat Ship, despite ongoing concerns about cracks, corrosion, and engine failures.

Video: The Fight Over the Pentagon's Newest Jet

July 25, 2013

NBC News looks at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the hundreds of billions of dollars it is costing the government while it doesn't live up to expectations.

Court Chips Away at Whistleblower Protections

July 19, 2013

A decision this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit narrowed the scope of Dodd-Frank protections for one whistleblower, and potentially for the many others who blow the whistle to their employers.

Time to Cut Iraq and Afghanistan Spending

July 19, 2013

As the House's version of the defense appropriations bill is cobbled together, Congress should vote in favor of an amendment to eliminate approximately $3.5 billion of funding that the Pentagon neither wants, needs nor requested.

Penalties Are Weak for Misbehaving Contractors

July 11, 2013

The Project On Government Oversight’s federal contractor misconduct database details numerous instances of wrongdoing, fraud, and violations at private companies employed by the government. But despite proven misconduct, most contractors never face serious penalties.

Congress Should Stop Funding Unneeded Nuclear Programs

July 10, 2013

The House is voting today on two amendments that will cut funding two nuclear programs that Project On Government Oversight has spoken out against in the past.

FBI Nominee Supports Whistleblowers and Transparency

July 10, 2013

In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, President Barack Obama’s nomination for director of the FBI, James Comey, spoke in favor of protecting whistleblowers and increasing transparency in government.

Celebrating FOIA's 47th Birthday

July 3, 2013

This Thursday, America will be celebrating the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. But here at POGO, we will also be marking the 47th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Retroactive Rights a Victory for Whistleblowers

July 2, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Merit Systems Protections Board expanded the application of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and granted anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers whose cases were pending before the WPEA was passed in November 2012.

Obama Makes Second IG Nomination in Two Weeks

July 2, 2013

President Barack Obama made progress toward filling the federal government’s longest-running inspector general (IG) vacancy with his nomination of Steve A. Linick for inspector general of the Department of State.

Video: Getting Our Fair Share from Natural Resources

June 28, 2013

Too often, people in resource-rich countries are left in poverty even as their governments bring in enormous revenues from the extraction of natural resources. To combat this problem, many countries have adopted the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Obama Nominates Watchdog for Defense Department

June 27, 2013

After more than 18 months without one, the Pentagon may soon have a permanent inspector general (IG) after President Barack Obama nominated Jon Rymer for the job last Friday.

Snowden Becomes Latest Leaker Charged with Espionage Under Obama

June 26, 2013

Edward Snowden has officially been charged with violating the Espionage Act, the Justice Department said last Friday.

Michael Hastings Leaves Legacy of Promoting Accountability

June 19, 2013

Renowned journalist Michael Hastings died early Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles car crash first reported by Hastings’ employer, BuzzFeed.