About POGO

Andrea Peterson


apeterson@pogo.org |

Year Started At POGO: 2017

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Areas of expertise: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Surveillance

Andrea Peterson is a journalist with extensive experience reporting on cybersecurity, privacy, and surveillance. From 2013 to 2016, she covered technology policy for The Washington Post. While at the Post, she helped break stories from the cache of National Security Agency documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden, and news about the Obama administration’s internal deliberations about encryption policy. Prior to the Post, Andrea reported for Think Progress. Her work has also been published by Slate, Science Progress, and the Sunlight Foundation. Andrea earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Kansas.

Propaganda by Proxy

January 29, 2018

Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.

John Kelly's Personal Cellphone Was Compromised, White House Believes

October 6, 2017

White House tech support discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to tech support staff this summer.

Hundreds of White House Emails Sent to Third Kushner Family Account

October 3, 2017

White House officials are reviewing a third email account associated with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s private email domain.

White House Launches Probe of Private Email Accounts

September 29, 2017

The White House has launched an internal probe of private email use, pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from private accounts of senior aides, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

June 26, 2017

The independent government agency that’s supposed to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are respected by surveillance programs is practically paralyzed as Congress is debating key spying powers.

POGO Adds Staff with Expertise on Homeland Security, Surveillance, and Federal Spending

May 3, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) expanded its investigative staff this week with three hires that bring a wealth of experience unearthing stories involving homeland security, government surveillance, and federal spending.

FCC Chairman Throws a Wrench in Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger—At Least for Now

July 19, 2018

The deal would make Sinclair an unparalleled local-television behemoth.

A Dangerous Escalation in “The War on Leaks”

June 8, 2018

During an investigation into leaks from a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, the Justice Department went after journalist Ali Watkins’ data—seizing years of records related to her email accounts and phone number, according to a letter Justice sent to Watkins.

A Q&A with the NSA’s Internal Watchdog

May 22, 2018

POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.

How House Intel Committee’s Russia Investigation Turned into a Cautionary Tale

May 2, 2018

We must learn from the failings of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation to make future oversight efforts better.

Key Intel Whistleblower Official Fired as Spy Agencies Face Oversight Crisis

March 21, 2018

Whistleblower retaliation concerns have even infected the offices that are supposed to be a safe haven for those who report abuse in the Intelligence Community.

Carl Icahn: A Conflict-of-Interest “Icon” for the Trump Era

March 6, 2018

Suspicious trades in the run-up to President Trump’s steel tariff announcement are just the latest potential conflict of interest involving the one-time White House advisor.

Indictment Shows Why We Need Public White House Visitor Logs

October 31, 2017

The target of one of the first indictments to come out of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election reportedly visited the White House as recently as this summer.

Trump's Privacy Board Nominee Is a Big Step, But It's Only the First One

August 29, 2017

Even with a new chairman, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a key government watchdog, won’t be able to return to full strength without a quorum of at least three members.

Police Access to Military Equipment Needs More Oversight, Not Less

August 28, 2017

The Trump administration is jettisoning important accountability measures along with the ban on giving certain military equipment to local police forces.

POGO Joins Letter Questioning Warrant for Info About Anti-Trump Site

August 24, 2017

Even the revised version of a Department of Justice warrant seeking information about an anti-Trump organizing site raises serious constitutional concerns.

A New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending

August 7, 2017

A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.

Investigation Pro-Tips from the Church Committee’s Chief Counsel

May 23, 2017

Fritz Schwarz, Jr., on what made the Church Committee work—and why Congressional investigations today are harder.

October 5, 2017

John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes

Politico | By Andrea Peterson, Josh Dawsey, and Emily Stephenson

October 3, 2017

Today in Trumpworld — October 3

Politico | By Matthew Nussbaum

October 2, 2017

Hundreds of White House emails sent to third Kushner family account

Politico | By Andrea Peterson, Josh Dawsey

September 28, 2017

White House launches probe of private email accounts

Politico | By Andrea Peterson, Josh Dawsey

August 31, 2017

Former NSA attorney praises Trump nominee for privacy board

Inside Cybersecurity |

June 26, 2017

Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

Slate.com | By POGO's Andrea Peterson