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Joe Newman

Director of Communications

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.

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.

CNN Video: Ben Freeman Explains Pentagon 'Math'

December 14, 2012

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'

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.

America’s Shame: The U.S. Government's Human Trafficking Dilemma

May 7, 2012

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.

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.

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