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Year Started at POGO: 2012
David Hilzenrath joined POGO as editor-in-chief in June 2012. Before that, he was a journalist for The Washington Post, where he wrote extensively about the intersection of business and government.
Much of Mr. Hilzenrath’s career has been devoted to investigative reporting. At The Post, he reported on the financial crisis, the regulation of the financial industry, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the policing of Wall Street. He has probed subjects as diverse as the finances of presidential candidates, offshore banking and money-laundering, executive compensation, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, federal tax policy, and accounting fraud. He has written about corporate scandals from Enron and WorldCom to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bernie Madoff, and MF Global. His reporting on systemic conflicts of interest in the auditing of Corporate America helped provide a roadmap for reform. Mr. Hilzenrath scrutinized efforts to overhaul health care under presidents Obama and Clinton and has reported in depth on the business-driven transformation of the health care system.
He was a contributing author of Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Public Affairs, 2010). His honors include the Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting and the Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Writing. He has appeared on radio and television, including NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN.
Mr. Hilzenrath studied at the University of Michigan through the program now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellowship. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in government.
Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July when he claimed that the contractor now responsible for protecting the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, rebuffed two direct attacks on the embassy compound.
The Defense Department Inspector General’s office has been sitting on a report that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed “TOP SECRET” information and other sensitive details two years ago at an event attended by a “Hollywood executive” working on the movie Zero Dark Thirty.
POGO is continuing to examine how the Justice Department handles allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. If you can shed light on the subject, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please put “OPR” in the subject line.
A week after the Project On Government Oversight exposed recent State Department testimony on embassy security as inaccurate and misleading, the Department has written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate acknowledging that its testimony was wrong and correcting the record.
At a House hearing Wednesday, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy faced intense questioning about Benghazi. There are also questions Kennedy could answer about the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where former guards say security problems could lead to tragedy.
Leaders of a Senate panel are asking the State Department to explain how its assurances about security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan square with a report this week by the Project On Government Oversight documenting problems.
An audit by the State Department Inspector General found deficient security at overseas posts under high threat.
Rep. Peter King wants the Pentagon to release the results of an investigation he requested almost two years ago into possible leaks of classified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
By altering dates logged, Department of Veterans Affairs employees minimize reported wait times for veterans' medical appointments, the GAO says.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has suppressed evidence that Gulf War veterans’ health problems could be linked to their exposure to toxic substances during the 1991 war, a former VA epidemiologist alleges.
Guards responsible for protecting the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have often worked 14 to 18 hours per day for six or seven days per week and have been directed to file false time records to avoid revealing that they have exceeded the standard 72-hour workweek, a lawsuit alleges.