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Joe Newman

Multi-Media Specialist

jnewman@pogo.org |

Year Started At POGO: 2011

Joe Newman is a veteran journalist and media strategist who has spent the past six years working for public interest organizations in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, he has served as the director of communications at the Project On Government Oversight. In addition to serving as the organization's spokesman, he coordinates online advocacy campaigns and social media outreach. Before joining POGO, he was the deputy director of communications at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. He graduated from the University of Florida and worked as a reporter and editor at The Palm Beach Post, St. Petersburg Times and Orlando Sentinel.

FDA to Tighten Standards for Blood-Test Devices

March 24, 2016

Tackling a problem POGO spotlighted, the FDA plans to tighten standards for error-prone blood-testing devices linked to deaths and injuries in patients taking the blood thinner warfarin.

VA IG Drops Subpoena for POGO’s Whistleblower Records

August 12, 2015

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dropped its demand for POGO to turn over records related to the more than 800 VA whistleblowers.

Failures at the VA Expose "Oversight at Its Worst," POGO Tells Senate Panel

July 30, 2015

POGO’s investigation into abuses within the VA uncovered many whistleblowers who said they were afraid to approach the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) because of the VA’s toxic culture of retaliation and intimidation

Open Government Expert Joins POGO; Will Develop Transparency Guide for Next President

June 16, 2015

Sean Moulton, who has worked on open government issues for more than a decade, has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), where he will lead efforts to collaboratively develop a “blueprint” the next president can use to build a more open and accountable administration.

It was Past Time for Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser to Go

June 4, 2015

We’re happy to hear that Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser saw the writing on the wall and has resigned. As the Project On Government Oversight and other groups said earlier this year, the fact that Zinser personally retaliated against a whistleblower before becoming Inspector General shows that he was unfit for this important oversight position.

OpenTheGovernment.org and POGO Oppose Efforts to Further Weaken USA Freedom Act

June 1, 2015

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and OpenTheGovernment.org support Congress’s refusal to re-authorize an illegal surveillance program without major reforms.

POGO Senior Investigator Peter Stockton Retires

May 29, 2015

Peter Stockton, a senior investigator at the Project On Government Oversight whose investigations into safety and security shortcomings and mismanagement at the nation’s nuclear laboratories and facilities helped spur many important reforms, has retired.

Whistleblower Groups Urge President Obama to Fire Commerce Inspector General

April 9, 2015

A coalition of whistleblower advocates are calling on President Obama to fire Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser for his history of retaliating against whistleblowers and creating a hostile environment for those who might want to report wrongdoing.

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms

February 12, 2015

We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

Air Force May Not Love the A-10 But These Tweets Would Disagree

February 9, 2015

What does Twitter think about the Air Force’s plans to mothball the A-10 Warthog? Here are some of the tweets that caught our attention.

Air Force Data on Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties Was Manipulated Against A-10

February 9, 2015

The Air Force manipulated data and omitted key stats in order to skew a comparison of civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths caused by close air support aircraft in Afghanistan, according to an analysis released today by POGO.

Twitter Roundup: Softballs, Fashion and More Defense Spending

February 4, 2015

Here's what the Washington Press Corps and assorted wonks tweeted about Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Fired Air Marshal

January 21, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today that Robert MacLean, a former U.S. Air Marshal, did not break the law when he blew the whistle on the federal government’s plan to reduce security on some long-distance flights.

Former Congressional National Security Staffer to Lead POGO’s Military Reform Project

January 15, 2015

Mandy Smithberger, a former national security policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) where she will direct the Straus Military Reform Project

Former Senate Investigator to Lead POGO’s New Congressional Oversight Initiative

December 3, 2014

Justin Rood, a former Senate investigator and award-winning journalist, has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) to direct its new Congressional Oversight Initiative.

Public Interest Groups Call for CIA Director to Resign

August 12, 2014

A coalition of public interest groups called for CIA Director John Brennan’s resignation Tuesday, citing abuses of power that include obstructing and spying on a Senate committee that was looking into the agency’s use of torture.

POGO Wins Journalism Prizes

June 12, 2014

The Project On Government Oversight won prizes Tuesday for business journalism and investigative reporting. The Dateline Awards were conferred by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter.

VA Inspector General Issues Subpoena for POGO Whistleblower Records: POGO Says No

June 9, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities, according to a subpoena delivered to POGO May 30.

Report Finds Prosecutorial Misconduct and Secrecy at Justice Department

March 13, 2014

Over the last 12 years, hundreds of federal prosecutors and other Department of Justice (DOJ) employees have been involved in professional misconduct, including misleading courts, withholding evidence that could have helped defendants, abusing their power and violating constitutional rights.

CIA Should be Held Accountable for Interference with Senate Committee’s Work

March 12, 2014

President Obama should declassify a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices and end any attempts by the CIA to obstruct congressional oversight, a coalition of groups said today in a letter to the president.

Gen. Who Intimidated Whistleblowers Not Fit to Oversee Army’s Sexual Assault Policy

November 15, 2013

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 said Friday in a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security

September 10, 2013

The private security force tasked with defending the U.S. Embassy in war-torn Afghanistan has been chronically understaffed, leaving the compound at risk, former guards told the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

10th Annual Ridenhour Prizes Honor 'Courageous Truth-Telling'

April 24, 2013

The memory of Ron Ridenhour lives on in the prizes given in his name to those that exemplify courageous truth-telling.

After 5 Years, Is Obama Ready to Fill State Department Vacancy?

April 22, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry says if it were up to him, the State Department would already have a permanent inspector general, a critical position that has been vacant for more than five years, but the delay is due to the White House’s vetting process.

'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Heroes Pay Heavy Price

April 17, 2013

After the Washington, D.C. screening of the new film War on Whistleblowers, a panel discussed some of the issues raised by the movie.

McCaskill: Make Sure We Don't Have Another Benghazi

January 23, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters she plans to talk to Kerry about embassy security.

POGO's Keith Rutter Honored for Public Interest Work

December 14, 2012

Keith Rutter, POGO's chief operations officer was honored this week for his years of service in the public interest. The consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen awarded Rutter its 10th annual Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Award.

We've Seen This Before: Video of Drunk Security Contractors

October 19, 2012

There are lurid parallels between a new investigation of private security contractors drunk in Kabul and a similar POGO investigation three years ago.

Ridenhour Prizes Honor Courageous Truth Tellers

April 13, 2011

Thomas Drake, a life-long military man and federal employee, stands accused of betraying his country. His crime? He blew the whistle through proper government channels on massive fraud, waste and abuse within the National Security Agency.

May 24, 2015

Phoenix VA bosses said mired in personal conflicts

USA Today | By Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic

April 30, 2015

Pentagon Intel Chief Retires Citing No Wrongdoing in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Leak

Government Executive (goveexec.com) | By Charles S. Clark

May 15, 2014

Whistle-blower website launched to expose VA wrongdoing

Fox News | By Joshua Rhett Miller

May 15, 2014

Veterans Group Will Launch Whistleblower Project After VA Hospital Scandal

Buzzfeed | By Evan McMorris-Santoro

March 17, 2014

National security leaders spend U.S. into $1 trillion 'poorhouse'

The Examiner | By Kenric Ward

March 17, 2014

Homeland Security Dept. Finally Gets an Inspector General after a 3-Year Vacancy…9 More IG Positions Still Unfilled

AllGov.com; Everything Our Government Really Does | By Steve Straehley

March 16, 2014

No Wonder There’s So Much Government Waste

Government Executive at govexec.com | By Charles Clark

March 6, 2014

A-10's prowess touted as pressure grows to retire jet

Stars and Stripes via The Arizona Daily Star | By Emily Bregel

February 27, 2014

Whistleblower Groups Increase Security Following a Mysterious Break-in

The Nation | By George Zornick

December 26, 2013

Obama’s contracting chief uses revolving door for job at reverse-auction company

The Washington Times | By Jim McElhatton

December 16, 2013

Gary Patton out in DOD sexual assault post

Politico | By Darren Samuelsohn

November 20, 2013

Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer

The Washington Post | By Erik Wemple

August 16, 2013

New Web site allows easy salary spying on federal workers

The Washington Post | Federal Eye | By Josh Hicks

August 15, 2013

Booz Allen Keeps Winning Government Security Contracts After Snowden Leak

The Daily Beast | By Filipa Ioannou

July 18, 2013

President Obama nominates USAID IG, but many watchdog vacancies remain unfilled

The Washington Examiner | By Michal Conger

June 28, 2013

Whistle-blower protections reach ‘uncharted territory’

FedScoop | By Cory Bennett

May 28, 2013

Top Watchdogs Absent at Agencies Representing 58% of U.S. Budget

Bloomberg Businessweek | By Danielle Ivory

May 26, 2013

Obama rapped for lack of transparency

TribLive News | By Craig Smith

May 20, 2013

White House knew IRS probe findings earlier

The Washington Post | By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Juliet Eilperin

August 19, 2012

VA, embroiled in scandal, looks to avoid fate of GSA

Federal Times | By Stephen Losey

May 8, 2012

America’s Shame: The US Government's Human Trafficking Dilemma

Truthout.org | By POGO's Joe Newman, Director of Communications

March 15, 2012

Air Force to keep one airborne VIP capsule suite -- instead of 10

Next Gov | By Bob Brewin