About POGO

Ari Goldberg

Ari Goldberg

Director of Communications

agoldberg@pogo.org |

Year Started at POGO: 2015

Ari brings more than a decade of communications experience from inside the Beltway. On the Hill, he was Press Secretary for Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and a Journalism Fellow for former Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). Off the Hill, Ari was the Press Secretary for Radio Free Europe, AIPAC, and The ONE Campaign, the global anti-poverty advocacy group founded by U2 frontman Bono. Ari has written more than two dozen op-Eds on foreign policy, global development, and US politics. Before life as a father of five, Ari earned his Master’s from Cambridge University and captained its baseball team.

POGO Letter to White House: Don’t Let CEO Feinberg Profit from Role as White House Advisor

April 6, 2017

POGO today sent a letter to the Office of White House Counsel urging the administration to ensure that Stephen A. Feinberg is subject to conflict-of-interest laws if he is chosen for an advisory role to the President.

POGO Calls for Clarification on House Intel Committee Shakeup

April 6, 2017

Devin Nunes temporarily stepping aside from the committee's investigation into Russian involvement "may be a step in the right direction, but details of the arrangement are confusing and we first need answers," says POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.

POGO: Chairman Nunes Violated Basic Principles of Oversight, House Leadership Must Act

March 29, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1) to demonstrate the leadership’s commitment to preserving the separation of powers that provide the checks and balances required by the Constitution.

POGO Releases 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress

March 28, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

POGO: GSA Ruling on Trump Hotel Lease Should Be Challenged

March 23, 2017

POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.

POGO Welcomes (Back) Nick Schwellenbach as Director of Investigations

February 14, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Schwellenbach as POGO Director of Investigations, a position he previously held before going into government service.

POGO Asks Attorney General to Investigate Kellyanne Conway and White House Social Media Director

February 9, 2017

POGO is requesting that the Department of Justice launch an investigation into possible ethics violations by White House staff, including the recent communications of Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. endorsing the personal business interests of Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Trump and spouse of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner.

POGO Condemns Congressional Vote to Gut Anti-Corruption Law

February 3, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) emphatically condemns Congress’ vote to eliminate an important anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining industries. The rule, known as the Cardin-Lugar provision, or Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, required oil, gas, and mining companies listed on US stock exchanges to disclose the royalties and taxes they pay to the US and foreign governments in order to extract natural resources, including those that are publicly owned. This protected U.S. national security and energy security interests by preventing secrecy and government abuse abroad.

POGO to Congress: Five Years After Landmark Whistleblower Bill, Enforcement is a Problem

February 1, 2017

In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) said the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, passed in 2012, has made it easier for federal employees to report wrongdoing, but protections could be strengthened in key ways.

POGO Calls for Removal of American Petroleum Institute (API) from Transparency Group (USEITI)

February 1, 2017

On behalf of civil society groups, The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today formally requested the removal of the American Petroleum Institute (API) from the United States Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), which is part of an international effort to promote open and accountable management of natural resources.

POGO Fights House Attempt to Gut Anti-Corruption Law

January 30, 2017

POGO is urging its supporters to contact lawmakers meeting today to discuss eliminating an anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining industries.

Clock is Ticking on the 114th Congress

December 9, 2016

POGO's Policy Counsel, Liz Hempowicz, joins our latest podcast to talk about two good government wins included in the defense budget bill, for information access and whistleblower protections, as well as our hopes for the Inspector General Empowerment Act.

POGO and Bipartisan Ethics Experts in New Letter to Trump: Divest Now to Prevent Ongoing Conflicts

December 9, 2016

A group of bipartisan experts urge President-elect Donald Trump to immediately divest his businesses and place the assets and investments into a genuine blind trust.

POGO: Washington Post’s $125 billion Pentagon waste story a “perfect illustration” of longstanding problems

December 6, 2016

This story is a perfect illustration of the biggest problems affecting the Defense Department: a contractor workforce that costs too much and a fear that exposing waste will lead to cuts in defense spending. It and other reports also show there are plenty of opportunities to cut Pentagon spending and the next administration should be skeptical of anyone who tells them otherwise.

How to Buy Congress

October 7, 2016

In our new podcast, Congressional Fellows (employees who are embedded on Congressional staffs) are collecting salaries from outside groups, including industry. It sounds like every lobbyist's fantasy. But it's not fiction - it's a reality on Capitol Hill.

This Land is Our Land

September 23, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) raises this important issue in our latest podcast. POGO investigator Mia Steinle talks about the woefully outdated royalty programs for the mining and drilling of natural resources on public lands.

Wait, the Pentagon Wants Even More Secrecy?

September 16, 2016

If we don't get Congress to change this secrecy clause in the NDAA, we may be stuck with a Pentagon that cannot be held accountable for wasting taxpayer money. Listen to this 9 minute podcast.

Campaign 2016: What's a Good Government Advocate to Do?

September 9, 2016

Wanna hear POGO's take on Trump's taxes and Hillary's emails?

POGO Criticizes Chris Christie’s $5k Invitation for Access to Trump Transition

August 30, 2016

Donors shouldn’t be driving the next president's cabinet and policy agenda.

POGO Calls for Clarification on Devin Nunes House Intel Committee Shakeup

April 6, 2017

Devin Nunes' temporary step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election is "a step in the right direction" but more clarification is needed, says POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress

March 28, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

POGO: GSA Ruling on Trump Hotel Lease Should Be Challenged

March 23, 2017

POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.

POGO Powers Up for Sunshine Week

March 10, 2017

POGO goes big on Sunshine Week with a series of events drawing attention to the importance of making government information accessible to the public.

POGO Welcomes (Back) Nick Schwellenbach as Director of Investigations

February 14, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Schwellenbach as POGO Director of Investigations, a position he previously held before going into government service.

POGO Asks Attorney General to Investigate Kellyanne Conway and White House Social Media Director

February 9, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an investigation of senior White House officials Kellyanne Conway and Dan Scavino, Jr.

Take Action: Ethics Office Should Be Strengthened, Not Eviscerated

January 3, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight urges everyone to contact their Member of Congress to oppose a rule change proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to undermine the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).

POGO and Bipartisan Ethics Experts in New Letter to Trump: Divest Now to Prevent Ongoing Conflicts

December 9, 2016

A group of bipartisan experts urge President-elect Donald Trump to immediately divest his businesses and place the assets and investments into a genuine blind trust.

Washington Post’s $125 Billion Pentagon Waste Story is a Perfect Illustration of Longstanding Problems

December 6, 2016

"This story is a perfect illustration of the biggest problems affecting the Defense Department: a contractor workforce that costs too much and a fear that exposing waste will lead to cuts in defense spending," said Danielle Brian, POGO Executive Director.

FDA and Patient Groups Are Addicted to Drug Industry

December 1, 2016

A new investigation by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals the extent to which the FDA is dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry for its funding. And many of the so-called patient and consumer advocacy groups that are supposed to be a bulwark against industry influence also have strong ties to drug companies.

Reining in Mineral Mismanagement on Public Lands

October 5, 2016

After the troubled Minerals Management Service was successfully dissolved in 2011, the fight to ensure taxpayers receive their fair share continues as good government groups like POGO argue that minerals on public lands should not be given away for free. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

Cleaning Up Coal's Act

October 3, 2016

While the Interior Department successfully overhauled regulations for the extraction of natural resources like oil, the federal coal program is due for more changes. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

Must-Read: “What Congress Is Actually Good at” (The Atlantic)

September 21, 2016

POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian tells The Atlantic there are many examples of Congress conducting good oversight investigations under the radar.

Long-Buried IG Report on BLM Reveals Gifts from Oil & Gas Industry, Other Violations

September 8, 2016

A report hidden from the public for three years finds former Bureau of Land Management employee Steve Henke “violated agency policy, federal laws, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”

POGO Reacts to FBI Decision Not to Recommend Charges Against Hillary Clinton

July 6, 2016

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), today issued the following reaction to FBI Director James B. Comey’s decision not to to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.

POGO: Passage of FOIA Reform a Victory for Democracy

June 13, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today applauds House passage of the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Obama has pledged to sign.

POGO: Holder Comments on Snowden Highlight Need for Public Interest Balancing Test for Whistleblowers

June 1, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is responding to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments that Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by triggering a debate over surveillance measures, but still deserves to be punished for leaking classified information.

POGO Disappointed by Senate Confirmation of New FDA Head

February 24, 2016

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is disappointed by today’s Senate vote confirming the appointment of Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

POGO Condemns Congressional Vote to Gut Anti-Corruption Law

February 3, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) emphatically condemns Congress’ vote to eliminate an important anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining industries.