About POGO

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Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Public Policy Associate

ehempowicz@pogo.org |

Area of expertise: Advocacy, Freedom of Information Act, Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

Elizabeth Hempowicz is POGO’s Public Policy Associate. She develops public policy recommendations related to POGO’s program areas, and works to further those recommendations on Capitol Hill. She also participates in various coalitions, representing POGO’s public policy concerns. Before coming to POGO, Liz interned with the Center for Effective Government, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Constitution Project. She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2014, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Legislation and Policy Brief. She earned a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Bridgeport in 2010.

POGO's 2015 Baker’s Dozen of Suggested Congressional Oversight Priorities and Legislative Reforms

February 11, 2015

Implementing the following recommendations will help to the country achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical government—one that is truly responsive to the needs of its citizens.

Alarming Flip-Flop on Whistleblowers from Senator Harry Reid

March 31, 2015

So close to his retirement, Senator Harry Reid has displayed a confusing and alarming change of heart towards whistleblowers, recently calling those who alleged he was involved in political wrongdoing "a bunch of whiners."

Other Areas that Could Use a Little Sun

March 30, 2015

Although Sunshine Week 2015 is over, there are still so many areas of government that would benefit from increased transparency and openness.

SANE Act Reintroduced; Would Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions

March 23, 2015

The reintroduced SANE Act, if passed, would save taxpayers an estimated $100 billion dollars over the next 10 years, in part by implementing reforms that POGO has been advocating for years.

The Senate Should Let the Sun Shine on the NDAA

March 20, 2015

Holding debates and markups in secret is the antithesis of open government, and the Senate Armed Services Committee should consider opening up its doors to the public.

Four Steps to Increase Government Transparency

March 16, 2015

This Sunshine Week, the Project On Government Oversight joins over 20 other organizations in asking the White House to get actively involved in the fight for openness.

Air Force General Should be Held Accountable

February 5, 2015

The Project On Government Oversight was joined by a group of concerned organizations and individuals in writing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to express our concern about Maj. Gen. James Posts' statement and the implications it has on military whistleblowers.

POGO to FDA on Conflicts of Interest: Disclose Them!

January 20, 2015

POGO once again reaches out to the FDA to ask the agency to make public any potential financial conflicts of interests of its advisers.

POGO to Launch Congressional Subpoena Rule Database

January 16, 2015

POGO’s Congressional Oversight Initiative has begun to create an online database of each committee's and subcommittee’s subpoena and deposition rules, and is reaching out to congressional staff for opinions on how these rules help or hinder bipartisan cooperation and effective oversight.

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight

December 18, 2014

Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

Last Minute Frenzy Around FOIA and Its Disappointing End

December 16, 2014

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed Freedom of Information Act reform laws in this past year, yet the 113th Congress ended without sending any FOIA legislation to the President. How last minute lobbying quietly killed widely supported bipartisan FOIA reform.

FOIA Reform Looking Possible in Lame Duck Congress

December 4, 2014

With one month left in the 113th Congress, FOIA reform looks more promising than ever. POGO is hopeful that the Senate will be able to move S. 2520 fast enough to see the significant reform passed into law before the new year.

Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower’s Accusations

November 21, 2014

The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.

Last Week in FOIA—Exploring Solutions to Today’s Problems

November 6, 2014

Last week was a busy one for FOIA advocates, and POGO offers a short roundup of some of the events that took place.

In Defense of National Security Whistleblowers

September 26, 2014

In a recent Harvard Law & Policy Review article, Yochai Benkler, law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, introduced the idea of a “public accountability defense,” especially for national security whistleblowers.

DOE Handling of Whistleblower Case Leaves Much To Be Desired

September 19, 2014

The Department of Energy Inspector General will investigate Dr. James Doyle's termination for any impropriety from DOE.

POGO Joins in Asking FCC to Reform Radio Political Ad Info

August 29, 2014

POGO joins 10 other groups asking the FCC to require radio stations to post political ad spending information to an online database.

March 12, 2015

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

The Hill | By Shanna Devine and Liz Hempowicz

February 19, 2015

5 Government Reforms That Could Save Billions

The Fiscal Times | By Brianna Ehley