Year Started At POGO: 1983 as an Intern
Areas of expertise: National Security, Government Oversight, Wasteful Defense Spending, Ethics, Open Government, Whistleblower Issues
Danielle Brian is the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Under her leadership, the organization has grown from two employees and a budget in the thousands of dollars in 1993 to an organization with over thirty staff and a budget of six million.
POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical federal government.
Ms. Brian and her staff frequently testify before Congress, and have done so ten times in the last two years.
In the past decade, POGO’s work has resulted in
- the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Freedom of Information Reform Act, and the Inspectors General Enhancement Act;
- exposing and removing of conflicts of interest at the Securities Exchange Commission, the Department of Interior and the FDA;
- saving the Office of Congressional Ethics and preventing the gutting of the Congressional Budget Office; and
- training over 1,500 Congressional staff on how to effectively use their oversight powers.
POGO’s investigative work under her stewardship has received journalism awards such as the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Journalism Award, the Dateline Award, and others. POGO has received the highest reviews for organizational and financial performance from the three largest charity evaluators in the country: Charity Navigator, Better Business Bureau, and Greatnonprofits.org.
Ms. Brian is a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, has been ranked three times by Ethisphere magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in business ethics, and received the Smith College Medal. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College, and her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
POGO's Danielle Brian sent a letter to President Trump over a year ago detailing some ways he could create meaningful transparency in his administration. Last month we received a response and today we sent a letter requesting a meeting to further discuss our suggestions.
President Trump's nominee to head NASA used his nonprofit’s resources to benefit a company that he simultaneously co-owned, POGO therefore urges the Senate to vote against his confirmation.
POGO commends Representatives Doggett and Raskin for introducing legislation that would preserve Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative work in the event that he is fired before he completes his investigation.
Any undue interference by the president in the ongoing criminal investigation into the 2016 election would constitute obstruction of justice. An investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and whether any laws were violated is legitimate and must be protected. No one is above the law, including the president.
POGO has asked the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to pass his gavel to another member after an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation where he appeared to disparage Congress' ability to conduct meaningful oversight.
POGO Calls for Removal of Republican Members of HPSCI After Vote to Release Memo
POGO's Executive Director, Danielle Brian sent a letter today to the House Financial Services Committee to express our opposition to legislation aimed at protecting industry secrecy at the expense of the American taxpayer.
A bipartisan coalition of 22 transparency and civil liberties organizations urged the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold an open markup, as possible, when it considers draft surveillance legislation.
The Project On Government Oversight urges the Senate Armed Services committees to maintain requirements for comparative testing to determine if more expensive weapon systems provide an actual gain in capability over legacy systems, and, if so, whether that gain is worth the extra cost and additional logistic and maintenance burdens.
Dozens of bipartisan organizations sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today expressing deep concern over the Department of Justice's extremely broad demand for information on all visitors to a website used to organize protests on Inauguration Day. The request was narrowed after public criticism, however the groups remain concerned.
POGO's letter to President Trump urging him to investigate years of lost revenue by Customs and Border Protection.
POGO requested the Office of Special Counsel investigate potential violations of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act by the Energy Department because its anti-leaking posters don’t provide information on lawful whistleblowing.
Jay Town should recuse himself from the bribery investigation into Balch & Bingham and Drummond Company, given his political ties to those involved in the scandal.
Federal purchase and travel cards continue to represent a significant source of improper and fraudulent payments. While some progress has been made by federal agencies in recent years, POGO supports the Senate's effort to address the long-standing problem.
Recognizing the vital role that Inspectors General play, POGO has worked for years to study and improve the IG system. This bill would ensure that Congress can more easily determine when agencies are not implementing the IG’s recommendations by requiring all IGs report to Congress all recommendations that remain open and unresolved for over a year.
Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Whitehouse, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. My name is Danielle Brian, and I am the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Founded in 1981, POGO is a nonpartisan, independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
Several provisions included in the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act (H.R. 2511) will save money and streamline operations, but other proposals such as altering DoD’s contract auditing processes and increasing the threshold for contractors to supply cost or pricing data, are a recipe for waste, fraud, and abuse.
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to the members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them to preserve a requirement for the Ford aircraft carrier to undergo full ship shock trial testing before deployment. Waiving this requirement for the Ford would endanger the lives of the 4,300 sailors of the ship’s complement and risk massive cost overruns in the years ahead as the Navy continues building what will continue to be an untested design.
The Project on Government Oversight urged the Office of Management and Budget to withdraw its request that the Office of Government Ethics stay its data call for appointees’ ethics waivers and authorizations. POGO also requested that the Trump administration list and provide copies of ethics waivers on its “Ethics Pledge Waivers Released by the White House” website, which currently states that the “information on this page is being updated. Ethics pledge waivers will be published as they become available.”
POGO supports Rep. Huffman's "Executive Appointee Ethics Improvement Act". This bill will codify many of the best practices from the ethics executive orders implemented by Presidents Trump, Obama, and Clinton. Those orders had strong provisions extending bans on lobbying and prohibiting certain conflicts of interest for appointees entering and leaving the government.
General Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor, did not disclose payments from foreign governments on his security clearance questionnaire and belatedly disclosed foreign lobbying. POGO asks the Justice Department to investigate.
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to question Trump Air Force Secretary nominee Heather Wilson's potential conflicts of interest regarding her post-government employment with Department of Energy nuclear laboratories.
POGO's Danielle Brian sent a letter to the President detailing transparency objectives that the open government community raised to former President Obama that still need to be addressed.
The Project On Government Oversight and civil society colleagues from the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative sent a letter to the federal government, objecting to government and industry actions that are harmful to the initiative.
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 sent a letter to Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings strongly supporting bipartisan oversight of the Office of Government Ethics. POGO offered its support for OGE director Walter Shaub, and his office's vetting of cabinet nominees and President-elect Trump's plan to isolate himself from potential conflicts of interest.
POGO welcomes this VA rule and the benefits it will bring to veterans contaminated at Camp Lejeune. However, we are concerned about several factors that may unnecessarily limit its impact.
Wanna hear POGO's take on Trump's taxes and Hillary's emails?
POGO and Taxpayers for Common Sense urge that the new rules for extracting on federal lands include robust transparency provisions to improve the existing system of disclosure.
The Project On Government Oversight joined groups across the political spectrum urging Senators to reject amendments to increased spending for the Department of Defense beyond what was allowed in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, including an amendment offered by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to fund military service wishlists - called "unfunded priorities" - by increasing the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) war spending account by $17 billion.
POGO and the National Taxpayers Union sent a letter to House Members urging them to withhold funding for the construction of the Mixed oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) in South Carolina until the Department of Energy answers questions about the project mandated in last year's National Defense Authorization Act.
POGO sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General John Roth urging him to thoroughly investigate years of lost revenue by Customs and Border Protection resulting from its lack of focus on revenue collection.
POGO and CDI sent a letter to Acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine urging him to address significant deficiencies in the office's military reprisal investigations, including attempts to change case files under review by the Government Accountability Office.
POGO's Executive Director, Danielle Brian, sent a letter to the Senate urging Senators to vote against Dr. Robert Califf's nomination to head the FDA. Based on our in-depth investigation into one of the clinical trials he chaired, POGO concluded he is not fit to be the FDA Administrator.
POGO urged President Obama to withdraw his nominee to head the FDA, Dr. Robert Califf, from Senate consideration.
We are writing in response to your letter received by the Project On Government Oversight (“POGO”) on August 11, 2015.
Testimony of POGO's Danielle Brian on "'All' Means 'All': The Justice Department's Failure to Comply With Its Legal Obligation to Ensure Inspector General Access to All Records Needed For Independent Oversight"
POGO's Danielle Brian testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the need for Inspector General offices to have complete and timely access to agency records.
POGO's Executive Director, Danielle Brian, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) would like to respond to a statement submitted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s June 3 hearing, “Watchdogs Needed: Top Government Investigator Positions Left Unfilled for Years.”
In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, POGO outlines key acquisition reform policies, wasteful defense spending in conventional and nuclear weapons and MOX, support for close air support and the A-10, and oversight over risky weapon programs like the littoral combat ship (LCS) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
POGO calls on the Senate to promptly confirm a new chairperson at the Chemical Safety Board who can work to resolve the agency's challenges and restore its vigor.
POGO calls on President Obama to ask Mary Jo White to step down as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and to designate a new head of the agency.
High level Navy officials seem to have violated anti-lobbying provisions to garner support for the Navy's Ohio Replacement program.
POGO sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) raising concerns that Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo, currently under consideration to become Vice Admiral Naval Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR); commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
At their best, Offices of Inspector General (OIG) are essential to a well-functioning federal government. IG offices recover billions of dollars in wasted taxpayer funds and make improvements to federal programs that keep us healthy, safe, and secure. IGs wear two hats, reporting to their agency heads and to Congress. As a result of this dual-reporting structure, IGs are uniquely positioned to serve as your eyes and ears within the executive branch, giving you the information you need to conduct effective oversight and pass meaningful legislation.
Reforms proposed by the House Armed Services Committee likely exacerbate the Pentagon's systemic waste and mismanagement problems.
Danielle Brian sits down with the Brennan Center for Justice to discuss the problems with private contractors in the intelligence and national security world.
Patients’ health is put at risk when outside experts advising the FDA have private financial interests that are undisclosed to the public. We propose specific ways to start correcting the problem. In short: POGO to FDA on conflicts of interest: Disclose them!
POGO's Danielle Brian gives Congress on F for their oversight work. Brian described it as "almost deliberate incompetence."
POGO's Danielle Brian speaks with the Brennan Center for Justice about how government waste, fraud, and abuse undermine national security.
POGO's Danielle Brian discusses the disturbing trend of laws being interpreted in secret away from public scrutiny.
POGO's Danielle Brian talks about the problems with lax regulations on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.
The Project On Government Oversight's Danielle Brian talks about the advances in whistleblower protections. Unfortunately, intelligence community contractors are still vulnerable.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in desperate need of reform, according to the Project On Government Oversight's Danielle Brian.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees told the Project On Government Oversight that they have faced retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems, and many said a toxic culture discourages VA employees from openly expressing dissent.
We are writing to highlight Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner William Magwood’s glaring conflict of interest and urge you to seek his immediate resignation.
POGO received a subpoena for all records it has received related to the failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs. POGO will not comply with the VA's demand, arguing that it violates the Constitution and will harm the underlying mission of the organization.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) requests that the Department of Justice investigate federal fund recipients using confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements that infringe current and former employees’ federal whistleblower rights in violation of the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §3730(h)), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (48 C.F.R. Subpart 3.9), and other federal whistleblower protection laws (e.g., 10 U.S.C. §2409, 41 U.S.C. §4712). POGO is concerned that companies are using these agreements to hinder governmental investigations into criminal, civil, and administrative violations on federal contracts, grants, and other federally funded programs.
On May 7, the House Armed Services Committee released its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015.
Steve Asher, is the Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security but his most recent job was as a Target manger in Spokane, WA. Before that he was the Group Commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana where cheating on launch readiness tests was extensive, a culture that the Energy Department should not reward or encourage by giving Asher a permanent position in charge of defense nuclear security.
At tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama should acknowledge that we have a broken system for intelligence community whistleblowers and vow to provide a meaningful path for law disclosures.
If justice is served Tuesday, a federal judge will exercise leniency when he sentences Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed, and Michael Walli for their non-violent protest at the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in July 2012.
Inspectors General are in place to hold their agencies accountable, yet a number lack the strength, independence, and integrity to effectively do so. Our report looks at some notable failures and successes by IGs and suggests places where the IG system can be reformed.
Allegations that an Army general intimidated whistleblowers while on a NATO deployment in Afghanistan make him unfit for his current job of overseeing the Pentagon’s sexual assault policy, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) said Friday in a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
In a shocking twist to the military's treatment of sexual assault cases, an Army General officially found to have restricted the rights of whistleblowers has assumed command of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. POGO raises concerns that his previous actions could seriously compromise this important program and urges Secretary Hagel to remove him from the position.
As the civilian and military heads of the Air Force, you are in the process of selecting the first National Guard base at which to beddown the F-35A Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.
Where Mr. Snowden chooses asylum is a sideshow to critical matters facing our nation. What we should be focusing on are the important issues he has exposed—a broken system for whistleblowers and how secrecy is undermining our constitutional democracy.
Seaman Kori Cioca, who was featured in “The Invisible War,” an Academy Award-nominated movie about sexual assault in the U.S. military, long dreamed of enlisting in the armed forces and dedicating her life to the service of her country. Her dreams were shattered — as was her jaw — when her supervising officer attacked and brutally raped her. Although she reported the rape up the chain of command, the military failed to take meaningful action against her attacker and retaliated against her instead.
Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, and Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, sat down with Bill Moyers to talk about how industry influence shapes laws, public policy and regulations.
The cost of maintaining the B61 nuclear bomb program in Europe has increased yet again while questions regarding security and military efficacy remain unanswered.
The Project On Government Oversight and Taxpayers for Common Sense wrote to President Obama urging him to cut funding to the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) because it's a program that is over budget, over schedule, and lacking even a single customer.
The Department of Energy's proposal to transport plutonium bomb cores from New Mexico to California is unnecessarily dangerous and potentially unlawful. Forty-six groups, including the Project On Government Oversight, believe safer alternatives exist and must be examined.
We understand your staff members are currently engaged in conversations about how to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA, H.R. 4310 and S. 3254) in advance of the upcoming lame duck legislative session. To help inform your discussions, we have identified specific provisions we hope you will include in the final bill that reaches the President’s desk for signature.
It is clear that an increasing number of Senators and Representatives are concerned about the Department of Defense’s (DoD) inability to account for how it expends hundreds of billions of dollars each year to procure services from contractors. It is equally clear that DoD has not adequately addressed these concerns or rectified its inept accounting system and budgeting process.
Experts throughout the government say the proposed nuclear facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory is is neither affordable nor necessary. However, some Senators are still trying to fund this nuclear boondoggle. The Project On Government Oversight is speaking out to Energy Secretary Steven Chu against the Senators who are trying to undermine his decision to halt this wasteful, $6-billion project.
In March, POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian gave a speech to students and faculty from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces about the difficulties of applying ethics rules in the real world of the U.S. military. Here is a short clip from the lecture. To see the whole lecture go here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdP3nGg9ctA
Project On Government Oversight Executive Director Danielle Brian was on C-SPAN to talk about the cost of government oversight in light of the recent General Services Administration (GSA) scandal.
Excerpts from Danielle Brian's talk at TEDxMidatlantic on October 29. 2011 in Washington, D.C..To watch the full talk, go here - http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxMidAtlantic-2011-Danielle-B
Since 1995, POGO has issued five reports about the Minerals Management Service’s inadequate oversight of the major oil and gas companies, primarily with a focus on the loss of royalty revenue.The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf is another direct result of MMS’s failure to do its job.
I want to thank the Commission for asking POGO to testify about the question of whether private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan are performing inherently governmental functions. We have studied inherently governmental functions for years, and we have examined this question and it is clear that the answer is yes.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is a direct result of Mineral Management Service’s failure to do its job. It is important that the Department of the Interior and Congress do what they can to learn from this catastrophe and make sure it never happens again.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is writing to raise concerns that Congress’s efforts to reform the financial regulatory system have not adequately addressed the failures of the private self-regulatory organizations (SROs) that are tasked with protecting the investing public and maintaining the integrity of our financial markets.
POGO applauds the House Natural Resources Committee for your vigilant oversight of royalty collections, and for writing the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009. This legislation will benefit taxpayers by implementing several key reforms that will help to ensure taxpayers are receiving their fair share from their natural resources.
Practically from Day One, ArmorGroup North America knowingly underperformed in its mission in order to maximize its profits, endangering the diplomats and its own employees in the process—and the Department of State knew about it.
As you know, last month eight rockets were fired into Kabul, two landing near the U.S. Embassy.1 Not long after, at least seven people were killed and 91 wounded, including children, when a suicide bomber struck close to the Embassy. Following the second attack, a Taliban spokesman declared that the target had been the U.S. Embassy itself.
POGO believes H.R. 1507, the “Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009,” does a much better job providing meaningful protections for federal employees who blow the whistle than Senate companion bill S. 372 because it allows access to jury trials extends meaningful protections to national security whistleblowers.
Certain provisions of the Recovery Act provide a terrific opportunity to finally crack open the opaque world of government contracting, but some essential protections are missing including lack of funding for state and local auditors and investigators and a clear system for potential whistlebloweres.
Watching the watchdogs is an essential factor in keeping this vital system in balance, and holding Inspectors General accountable is a job that needs to be embraced more thoughtfully by Congress and accomplished more effectively by their peers through the Inspector General Council's Integrity Committee.
We applaud the Royalty Policy Committee’s report shedding light on the many problems inherent within the royalty collection systems at the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and encouraging reform, oversight, and transparency. However, much of what we know about the agency from its own Inspector’s General reports, press reports, Congressional oversight, state and tribal auditors, and whistleblowers leads us to believe that the Committee’s report does not go far enough.
Inspector General (IG) offices play a tremendously important role in advancing good government practices, but only if they are led by independent and qualified IGs, and those IGs are allowed to do their job
Testimony of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO) before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences and the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding “Oversight Review of the Investigation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Inspector General.”
We at POGO have, for some time, been raising our concerns about the current procurement laws. The current system is plagued by inadequate competition, a lack of accountability, little transparency and is full of contracting vehicles such as interagency contracts and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts that put taxpayer dollars at risk.
Testimony of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO)before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “Continuing Security Concerns at the Los Alamos National Laboratory”
Testimony of POGO's Danielle Brian before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations regarding Nuclear Security: Has the NRC Strengthened Facility Standards Since 9/11?
The GAO’s findings clearly reveal devastating discrepancies between current security standards at nuclear power plants and what is needed to repel a terrorist attack. It is clear that the public can not trust the combined efforts of the nuclear industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect the them.
On May 17, 2005, POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey testified before OMB's Acquisition Advisory Panel, highlighting concerns in five areas that have been the target of contractor-driven "reforms." POGO recommended that the Panel strengthen federal government contracting laws and regulations.
POGO has real problems with the current fatigue order for security officers – particularly group hours and self declaration
The Department of Energy does not need new offices such as the NNSA’s new Office of Performance Assurance, new commissions, or new studies. The DOE needs to follow through on its existing commitments.
This testimony combines our unique position in the defense and contract oversight program areas. In the recent past POGO has exposed problems with Department of Defense (DoD) weapons systems, problems with the revolving door between the federal government and its top contractors, and numerous problems by so-called procurement or acquisition "reforms," including lack of competition, reduced oversight, and the elimination of transparency. I would specifically like to highlight two reforms that are very problematic: "commercial item" acquisitions and "other transaction authority" (OTA) – two contracting vehicles that are highly favored by government contractors.
This hearing concerns the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) use of appropriated taxpayer funds to lobby for President Bush’s proposals to reform Social Security. POGO concludes that, even strictly interpreting the laws, some of the SSA’s current actions violate the anti-lobbying laws.
POGO has investigated and authored reports proposing solutions for problems in government contracting for over twenty years. Halliburton's irresponsible behavior presents the clearest case for suspension or debarment by the federal government that POGO has seen in years.
The House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release its classified memo on the FBI while opting to be willfully ignorant of the facts and potential consequences of its actions. That's the biggest problem with #ReleaseTheMemo.
Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of senior government officials.
Recent documents released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on how they identified an alleged National Security Agency (NSA) contractor source provide a number of lessons and considerations for sources and journalists who seek to anonymously disclose information.
News reports that FBI Director James Comey documented President Trump's attempt to improperly influence FBI investigations raise serious concerns about the President and the rule of law.
On October 31st former Center for Defense Information President and Co-Founder Admiral Gene La Rocque passed away. The Project On Government Oversight is proud to carry on his legacy of challenging the military-industrial complex.
If either Donald Trump or Hillary Clintion are serious about open government and preventing corruption, here are three things they must do before taking office.
These are dangerous days for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, whose investigation of waste and wrongdoing in the $113 billion effort to rebuild Afghanistan— particularly of an overpriced gas station—has unleashed a firestorm of criticism.
The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded the Project On Government Oversight a Sigma Delta Chi Award for POGO’s coverage of potentially deadly weaknesses in FDA oversight of prescription drugs.
IGs cannot be effective watchdogs on behalf of Congress and the American public if they have to negotiate with agency leaders for access to records on a case-by-case basis.
Unfortunately we're not surprised to find that the Department of Defense Inspector General did not hold senior Pentagon officials accountable.
Richard Griffin’s decision to step down from his leadership role at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcome news.
Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who his today testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, is being retaliated against for making protected whistleblower disclosures to House Armed Services committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) regarding dysfunctions in recovering American hostages, including Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. POGO stands by Lt. Col. Amerine and urges Congress to expand protections for all military whistleblowers.
Washington Times piles on and selects MOX for a Golden Hammer award for waste, fraud, and abuse in federal government spending.
The Air Force’s decision to remove Major General James Post from his position as vice commander of Air Combat Command was the right move.
We’re kicking off the New Year by calling out some of the so-called pundits who have argued that too much transparency is at the root of Washington gridlock. That’s just flat wrong.
The most critical reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the past 38 years will die next week in the Senate unless we persuade Sen. Jay Rockefeller to remove his “hold” on this important legislation.
POGO's Danielle Brian and Winslow Wheeler joined Pierre Sprey, the co-designer of the F-16 and A-10, in writing a letter to the editor of the New York Times concerning a recent editorial about the troubles with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
While the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which the House passed Tuesday, is not everything we sought, it goes a long way to putting into statute President Obama’s policies. This is a breakthrough for whistleblowers and accountability—a real anti-leaks measure.
You may have seen that the VA’s Inspector General has issued a subpoena to POGO demanding we turn over the names of all VA whistleblowers who have contacted us in the last month. Under no circumstances does POGO plan to release any information that would compromise whistleblowers.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a weakened version of the USA FREEDOM Act. Unfortunately, it omits critical government reporting requirements included in the original USA FREEDOM Act.
Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight We’re encouraged that President Obama today acknowledged the dangers posed to our civil liberties by unchecked and overreaching intelligence gathering. His speech sets the stage for important reforms.
Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight On Thursday, the White House released a preview of its second National Action Plan for the international Open Government Partnership, whose mission is to increase openness and accountability among its member countries.
No matter what party you belong to or what beliefs you hold dear, America cannot continue this losing strategy of “governing by crisis.”
Congress needs to do its job and end the government shutdown showdown which threatens America's prosperity and security.
As members of the Obama Administration and Congress debate perhaps the gravest responsibility our Constitution entrusts to them – the vote whether or not to go to war – there is both a legal and moral imperative that their decision be based on the most accurate and complete information available.
POGO responds to demands by two former chairmen of the powerful congressional armed services committees, Ike Skelton and John Warner, who now sit on the boards of and work for lobbying firms representing defense contractors.
An amendment offered by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) that would go a long way to address the shortcomings of the current law to ensure that service members are protected from retaliation when they report sexual assaults and other unlawful behavior.
The Chemical Safety Board was created to investigate chemical accidents, but it has been prevented from properly accessing the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion site, and from doing its job.
Ten years ago, advocates, funders, journalists and citizens gathered in an effort to champion the rights of whistleblowers. We saw a brighter future for truth-tellers, but sadly, ten years later, we fear that we may have, in fact, lost ground.
The budget for the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site, which is 300 percent over budget, a decade behind schedule, and has no potential customers, will be cut by 75 percent but is still scheduled to receive over $1 billion over the next five years.
The budget for the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site, which is 300 percent over budget, a decade behind schedule, and has no potential customers, will be cut by 75 percent but is still scheduled to receive over $1 billion over the next five years.
As the Senate began confirmation hearings of John Kerry to become the next Secretary of State today, senior members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform made a bipartisan call to the President to nominate a State Department Inspector General.
Gridlock and paralysis are the new norm in Congress, and this attitude is mirrored by the American public. But it doesn't have to be. Learn what we have to do to get America moving again.
At the end of July 2011, Robert MacLean learned the outcome of over a year of waiting. He was waiting on a second ruling from the relatively obscure and awkwardly named Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB, or the “Board”). The three-member Board in Washington, DC, is an administrative quasi-court that handles federal government whistleblower claims of retaliation, among other things. MacLean is a former federal air marshal who blew the whistle in July 2003 on his agency, the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA. After lengthy reviews by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and two by this Board, the first one in 2009, MacLean lost his claim that he was retaliated against.
Yesterday afternoon, POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian—along with OMB Watch Executive Director Gary Bass, OpenTheGovernment.org Director Patrice McDermott, National Security Archive Executive Director Tom Blanton, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy Dalglish—met with President Obama about open government issues.
Over the past thirty years, POGO has wrangled with whistleblowers who want to disclose classified information—not 92,000 pieces of information, mind you—but I keep wondering what we would have done if the individuals who shared the classified raw field reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan had come to us.
On Friday, we blogged about the President's removal of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Inspector General Gerald Walpin. As I learn more about this case, I'm realizing there are a few "teachable moments."