Open Government Program Manager
Year started at POGO: 2015
Areas of expertise: Open Government, Government Accountability, Freedom of Information Act, Contractor Oversight, Ethics
Sean Moulton is the Open Government Program Manager at POGO and oversees the effort to develop a “blueprint” the next president can use to build a more open and accountable administration.
Before joining POGO, Sean worked for over a decade on transparency and government accountability issues, with special attention to freedom of information issues, spending transparency, and environmental right-to-know policies. He has authored reports, testified before Congress, submitted comments on proposed regulations, and helped launch public disclosure websites. He has spoken on open government issues extensively with the media, having appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, ABC, and NBC and being quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major news publications.
- In 2013, in the aftermath of the West, Texas, catastrophe he testified before Congress on the importance of public awareness of chemical plants and the risks they pose to communities.
- He directed a two-year project to produce government transparency recommendations for the incoming Obama Administration that were endorsed by hundreds of organizations across the country.
- He co-directed development of FedSpending.org, a groundbreaking website that opened trillions of dollars in federal spending to public scrutiny and handled millions of public searches. The site was the precursor to the government’s USAspending.gov effort.
Sean led the Center for Effective Government’s open government work for 13 years. He has also worked at Friends of the Earth, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Economic Priorities. In 2011 Sean was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Albright College.