Public Policy Fellow
Christine Anderson focuses on systemic public policy fixes to increase government openness and accountability. She has contributed to POGO’s letters, policy proposals, education materials, and blog posts on issues such as reforming whistleblower protections, reshaping the Pentagon budget, and increasing government transparency through reforms to the Freedom of Information Act. Prior to joining POGO, Anderson interned at the Center for International Policy, the American Civil Liberties Union of CO, the US Mission to the UN, a UN Expert Panel on North Korea Sanctions, EngenderHealth-Tanzania, and The American Prospect. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
POGO's Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury testifies on the Hill on matters of national security sensitive positions and the troubling nature of the growing national security state.
The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.
As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence postpones hearing on surveillance law reforms.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is changing the laws on surveillance—but we don't know how. The text of the proposed legislation and the Committee meeting being held to discuss it are both closed to the public.
As the Administration drafts its second National Action Plan for open government, civil society weighs in.
POGO is pleased to report over $4 billion in Pentagon savings after we and our partners helped champion several commonsense amendments to the House Defense Appropriations bill.
This year there are more opportunities to cut unnecessary spending in the Defense Appropriations Act than there has been in a very long time.
As the House Rules Committee considers amendments on the Defense Appropriations Act, our allies urge House leadership to allow all amendments to go to the Floor.
Although some Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) subcommittees have slowly begun to open their NDAA markups to the public, POGO continues to wait for the day the SASC will open all its closed NDAA discussions to the public.
In a report released Tuesday, the fiscally conservative organizations R Street Group and National Taxpayers Union found over $1.8 trillion in potential savings at the Pentagon.
Representatives Speier and Coffman succeeded in attaching an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will protect whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault in the military.
As the House Armed Services Committee marks up the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO and others urge Members to support the Speier-Coffman Amendment for military whistleblower protection enhancements.
There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.
A bipartisan group of Representatives congratulated Defense Secretary Hagel on his commitment to shrinking the DoD budget, and the Pentagon in turn asked for Congress's help in cutting unwanted programs.
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and co-sponsor Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced a bill that would expand protections for military whistleblowers and those who report sexual assault in the military.
Quick action by Senator Leahy, POGO, and other transparency advocates stalled movement on unnecessary amendments to the Farm Bill proposed by Senators Grassley and Connelly that would undermine the Freedom of Information Act.
As both the House and Senate introduce new drafts of the DATA Act, the time could be ripe for real reform to federal spending transparency.
USASpending.gov is supposed to be a hub for citizens to find information about government spending, but it comes up short when trying to answer some key questions.
USASpending.gov is a federal spending information website that is riddled with errors and gaps in information, making it impossible to follow taxpayer dollars.
POGO takes a look at the Administration's self-assessment of its first year in the global Open Government Partnership. Implementation of the National Action Plan led to some encouraging steps forward, though these steps were not as bold as hoped.
Last week 13 bills that cover issues from security to freedom of information were passed with extraordinary bipartisanship by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The investigative role of Inspectors General (IGs) would be strengthened in the Senate's new budget proposal.