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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.