About POGO

suzanne dershowitz

Suzanne Dershowitz

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.

POGO highlights

FOIAonline: Measuring Performance and Looking Ahead

March 15, 2013

FOIAonline may revolutionize the way the public accesses government information, but first, more agencies need to buy into the system.

It’s Not as Sunny as We’d Like

March 14, 2013

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 Partners Shine Light on Best Practices for Openness

March 7, 2013

POGO and partner organizations release report in advance of Sunshine Week entitled Highlighted Best Practices for Openness and Accountability.

Investing in Watchdogs: More Bang for Your Buck

February 28, 2013

The Office of Special Counsel needs additional funding to protect whistleblowers and save taxpayer dollars.

Meat Axe or Scalpel?

February 26, 2013

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.

House Oversight Committee Takes a Stand on FOIA

February 20, 2013

Representatives Issa and Cummings demand answers from the Justice Department on government-wide FOIA policy and practices.

How Many Federal Workers Know Their Rights?

February 15, 2013

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.

Lawmakers Sound Alarm on Obama’s NDAA Signing Statement

January 17, 2013

Bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives stands up for whistleblowers in letter to President Obama.

NDAA Scorecard for Taxpayers: Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some

December 21, 2012

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.

Wyden Pumps the Brakes on Anti-Leaks Legislation

November 19, 2012

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.

Government Best Practices for Managing a Crisis

November 2, 2012

POGO and allies offer ten key recommendations to the Presidential candidates for improving federal crisis management policy.

POGO’s Top Picks for Defense Budget Bill

October 26, 2012

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.

POGO Cheers MSPB for Granting Stay for Whistleblowers

September 25, 2012

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 Lagging on FOIA Processing—What’s the Hold Up?

September 20, 2012

Federal agencies are still lagging in their response time to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Bipartisan House Bill Would Expand Whistleblower Protections to Federal Contractors

September 18, 2012

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.

Finally Some Justice for a Defense Contractor Whistleblower

July 2, 2012

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.

POGO Applauds Bureau's New Credit Card Complaint Database-Boon for Consumers

June 27, 2012

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.

Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act Clears Committee

April 27, 2012

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.

Victory for Open Government: The Data Act Passes the House!

April 25, 2012

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.

Open Government Plans 2.0: Some Agencies Make Strides, Others Just Go Through the Motions

April 24, 2012

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.