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Project on Government Oversight

Scott H. Amey, J.D.

General Counsel |

Areas of expertise: Contract Oversight, Contractor Responsibility, the Revolving Door and Conflicts of Interest, Government Transparency

Scott Amey is POGO’s general counsel and directs contract oversight investigations, including reviews of federal spending on goods and services, the responsibility of top federal contractors, and conflicts-of-interest and ethics concerns that have led to questionable contract awards. Amey testifies before Congress and federal agency panels, submits public comments on proposed regulations, educates the public by working with the media, and publishes reports, alerts, and blogs on contracting and openness issues. He rejoined the staff in 2003, and previously worked at POGO in the mid-1990s as a one of the organization’s most prolific investigators. Amey left POGO in 1998 to attend law school, after which he clerked for the Honorable James A. Kenney, III, at the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland from 2001-2003. Amey received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2001, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. Scott is licensed to practice law in Maryland. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and USA Today, among others, and often provides background information and leads to the media.

  • In 2011, testified before Congress and the Commission on Wartime Contracting regarding why questionable contractors continue to receive taxpayer dollars and how to strike the right workforce balance in intelligence programs.

  • Co-authored report debunking the myth that service contracts result in cost saving as compared to federal employees.

  • Helped expose illegal activities at Area 51, which resulted in the black facility complying with environmental laws.

  • Authored reports on Boston’s Big Dig project, safety concerns at nuclear power plants, EPA acquiescence to chemical companies, and inaccuracies in federal election records.