Public Policy Fellow
Year Started At POGO: 2012
Areas of expertise: advocacy, legislative policy analysis, coordinating coalition campaigns
Suzie Dershowitz focuses on systemic public policy fixes to increase government openness and accountability. She has contributed to POGO’s letters, white papers, policy proposals, op-eds, podcasts, and blog posts on issues such as reforming whistleblower protections, reshaping the Pentagon budget, and strengthening accountability for government contractors. Prior to joining POGO, Dershowitz interned at the American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. House of Representatives, and Global Policy Forum. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley.
- Authored “Federal Agencies Lagging on FOIA Processing—What’s the Hold Up?” which analyzes how efficiently federal agencies have been responding to the public’s requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act
- Authored “One Year Later: Assessing Progress on National Action Plan,” which evaluates the Administration’s action on commitments to openness as part of the Open Government Partnership
FOIAonline may revolutionize the way the public accesses government information, but first, more agencies need to buy into the system.
During Sunshine Week, POGO's Director of Public Policy testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on transparency, accountability, and unchecked secrecy in the growing national security state.
POGO and partner organizations release report in advance of Sunshine Week entitled Highlighted Best Practices for Openness and Accountability.
The Office of Special Counsel needs additional funding to protect whistleblowers and save taxpayer dollars.
There is growing consensus around the need to reshape the Pentagon budget, reflected in several bipartisan legislative proposals, recent public polling, and a shift in media coverage.
Representatives Issa and Cummings demand answers from the Justice Department on government-wide FOIA policy and practices.
Most federal agencies have have not received whistleblower certification from the Office of Special Counsel, suggesting that too many would-be whistleblowers don't know their rights under the law.
Bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives stands up for whistleblowers in letter to President Obama.
A conference committee has reconciled the House and Senate versions of the NDAA, and a number of provisions POGO supports for greater government accountability were included in the defense budget bill.
The Project On Government Oversight, Make It Safe Coalition, and Fund for Constitutional Government hosted a celebration of the enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, honoring whistleblowers, advocates, and cosponsors of the landmark legislation.
22 Representatives from both sides of the aisle signed on to a letter endorsing strategic Pentagon budget cuts as part of any "fiscal cliff" deal.
The Project On Government Oversight supports crucial measures to eliminate DoD waste, increase contractor oversight, and enhance government accountability in the Senate's multi-billion dollar defense budget bill.
POGO applauds Senator Ron Wyden for placing a hold on the Intelligence Authorization Act--problematic anti-leak provisions in the bill threaten the public's right to know and government accountability.
After more than a decade of advocacy, Congress finally passes landmark whistleblower reform legislation in the form of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, protecting truth-tellers and improving accountability to taxpayers.
POGO and allies offer ten key recommendations to the Presidential candidates for improving federal crisis management policy.
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to Congress with our picks for the most important provisions that should be included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
It's been one year since the Open Government Partnership was established, and now it's time to assess how much progress the Administration has made implementing the U.S. National Action Plan for greater openness, transparency, and accountability.
The MSPB and OSC have defended U.S. Army whistleblowers who may have suffered retaliation for exposing the truth about their supervisor’s illegal actions.
Federal agencies are still lagging in their response time to Freedom of Information Act requests.
A bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Jackie Speier and Todd Platts would expand whistleblower protections to federal contractor employees and those who receive federal grants. This much-needed bill could save taxpayers billions of dollars by encouraging whistleblowers to step forward.
OpenTheGovernment.org released its annual Secrecy Report for 2012, which demonstrated both positive changes in open government policies and enormous challenges in areas of continued secrecy.
Today, the North County Times, a paper in Representative Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) district, published an Op-Ed by our allies at National Taxpayers Union and Liberty Coalition that makes clear they expect Rep. Issa to fulfill his promise of protections for federal whistleblowers by ensuring those whistleblowers can access the courts to hold the government accountable.
Although the Pentagon budget has ballooned by billions in the past decade, it can’t even produce a basic financial statement. But last week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and a bipartisan band of senators introduced a bill to fix this outrage and increase accountability at the Pentagon.
The Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) recently validated a contractor whistleblower reprisal for the first time in six years. The IG was able to side with the whistleblower in this special case because the complaint was related to a defense contract involving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.
Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a brand new credit card complaint database, providing the public with important, new information on which banks have generated criticism from consumers. Making these complaints available online will aid the American people in making responsible decisions about their finances and enhance the transparency of the credit card market.
On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) passed a bill that would expand much-needed whistleblower protections to all non-federal recipients of federal funds.
POGO applauds the House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act today, a critical bill that would revolutionize federal spending transparency and help prevent bureaucratic waste, fraud, and abuse.
On April 9, federal agencies across the government released updates of their Open Government Plans, a key component of President Obama's Open Government Initiative. Overall, the results have been mixed.