About POGO

Amelia Strauss

Amelia Strauss

Research Associate


Year Started at POGO: 2017

Amelia provides support to POGO investigations in her capacity as a research associate. This includes gathering and analyzing data on private sector influence over both federal policy and contracting decisions. Amelia is also a contributor to the POGO Blog and has covered various topics including whistleblower retaliation, Fourth Amendment rights, and government withholding of public documents.

Amelia, who started at POGO as an intern, graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in political science. Before joining POGO she was a research assistant in the Northwestern University Political Science Department and contributed research and editing for Chloe Thurston's book, At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, and the American State.

IT Contracts Worth Billions Lack Proper Oversight, GAO Reports

January 23, 2018

Federal agency IT contracts with a combined value in the billions of dollars are not being properly reviewed and approved by chief information officers as is required by law.

Without a Nominee, a Federal Study on Sexual Harassment Is Bottled Up

December 19, 2017

The Merit Systems Protection Board is working on a report on sexual harassment in the federal workplace, but it can’t release the findings until President Trump nominates and the Senate confirms a new board member.

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Plan Shrouded in Secrecy

December 18, 2017

The secrecy around Puerto Rico’s hurricane response and recovery plan is an odd and troubling aspect of September’s major disaster.

ICE Fights to Keep Facility Information Secret

December 6, 2017

Information ICE fought to keep secret reveals lapses in oversight of its detention centers. This is particularly troubling as the Trump administration ramps up its efforts to detain and deport more immigrants.

Some Agencies Yet to Implement IT Oversight Reforms, GAO Reports

November 13, 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report assessing implementation of reforms meant to reduce waste in federal agency IT investment.

Customs and Border Protection Officer Punished for Reporting Wrongdoing

October 12, 2017

A Customs and Border Protection Officer who tried to report concerns of racial profiling and Fourth Amendment violations faced resistance and punishment from supervisors.

Inspectors General Community Launches Oversight.gov

October 2, 2017

Today, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) launched Oversight.gov, a database of Inspectors General reports. This database consolidates over 5,800 reports from over 60 federal watchdogs in one place.

Senators Press FBI for Updates on Whistleblower Reforms

September 27, 2017

FBI whistleblowers are vulnerable because of the agency’s insufficient whistleblower protections, and Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy are urging the Justice Department to enhance regulations protecting those whistleblowers.