Director of Communications
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and OpenTheGovernment.org support Congress’s refusal to re-authorize an illegal surveillance program without major reforms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's what the Washington Press Corps and assorted wonks tweeted about Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The memory of Ron Ridenhour lives on in the prizes given in his name to those that exemplify courageous truth-telling.
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.
After the Washington, D.C. screening of the new film War on Whistleblowers, a panel discussed some of the issues raised by the movie.
Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters she plans to talk to Kerry about embassy security.
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.
POGO National Security Investigator Ben Freeman talks about the impact of spending cuts on the Pentagon's budget and whether it should fear the 'fiscal cliff'
There are lurid parallels between a new investigation of private security contractors drunk in Kabul and a similar POGO investigation three years ago.
For Vinnie Tuivaga, the offer was the answer to a prayer: A job in a luxury hotel in Dubai--the so-called Las Vegas of the Persian Gulf--making five times what she was earning as a hair stylist in her native Fiji.
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.