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 Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor and the Albuquerque Journal are reporting that a new and expensive security system at the Los Alamos National Laboratory simply does not work. In response, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is demanding that the contractor at the New Mexico lab fully disclose all of the project’s problems and show that the nuclear materials stored at the facility are safe.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is not properly overseeing the hundreds of billions of dollars spent each year to procure services, according to a letter the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) sent today to congressional and executive branch officials.
Today, President Obama picked up the whistleblower protections Congress had left by the wayside, finally providing intelligence community workers with specific free speech rights and some protections against retaliation when they legally report waste, fraud, and abuse.
Today, the House of Representatives did the right thing and unanimously passed a strong government accountability measure—the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA, S. 743, as amended by the House)—during a pro forma session.
The Project On Government Oversight's Podcast Crew talks about the Securities and Exchange Commission's revolving door. A recent POGO study found that more than 200 former SEC employees who left the agency between 2006 and 2010 have taken jobs representing clients before the Commission.
Wired's Spencer Ackerman joins POGO's Podcast crew to talk about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the Pentagon's premier research arm. Ackerman's stories have detailed a potential conflict of interest from contracts awarded by DARPA to a company run by the father of its director, Regina Dugan.
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.
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'
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.
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.