Year Started At POGO: 2011
Areas of expertise: Nuclear Safety and Security, Natural Resources
Mia Steinle investigates government oversight of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and the oil and gas industries. In her contributions to POGO’s reports, letters, and blog posts, she has tackled issues such as safety rollbacks at weapons labs, cost overruns at nuclear construction sites, and congressional funding battles. Before joining POGO, Mia was a researcher at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she contributed to several major investigations of the telecommunications industry. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from American University. Her work has appeared in Huffington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, POLITICO, and other media outlets.
Contributed to POGO's report, Energy Department Plans to Waste Billions of Dollars on Unneeded Los Alamos Lab Facility, which was part of a campaign that ultimately halted construction of a mismanaged nuclear weapons facility.
Contributed to POGO's report, Spending Even Less, Spending Even Smarter, which identified nearly $700 billion in potential taxpayer savings.
The Department of Energy's proposal to transport plutonium bomb cores from New Mexico to California is unnecessarily dangerous and potentially unlawful. Forty-six groups, including the Project On Government Oversight, believe safer alternatives exist and must be examined.
Costs for the Department of Energy’s MOX program are increasing at an alarming rate. The estimated cost of MOX plant construction at the Savannah River Site has increased from $1.6 billion in FY2004 to the current $4.9 billion. The DOE’s FY2013 overall request for MOX and associated plutonium disposition programs is $887 million and the budget indicates a funding request of $3.6 billion from FY2014 to FY2017.
The Interior Department's plain English guide to ethics is an encouraging improvement from a government agency once plagued by scandals.
The U.S. candidacy application to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has been submitted, which means the public is one step closer to understanding how the extractive industries impact their communities, the environment, and the economy.
The Project On Government Oversight has joined a coalition of transparency advocates urging the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to pass legislation that doesn’t undermine national and global transparency standard.
Groups that represent the interests of citizens, investors, unions, and others are championing greater openness from local governments as the United States implements the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
A contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration overbilled the agency by about $3.7 million in order to reimburse its subcontractors for living expenses they were not eligible to receive, according to the Inspector General at the Department of Energy.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ largest construction projects are, on average, $366 million over budget and almost three years behind schedule, the Government Accountability Office told Congress.
The U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative decided that it will include oil, gas, and coal royalties on federal lands in it scope. Other revenues, resources, and lands are still up for discussion among members of industry, government, and civil society.
The likelihood of companies that fall into the highest tax bracket being audited by the Internal Revenue Service is on the decline, according to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
Military veterans experience “excessive wait time” for medical care, leading to higher incidences of preventable hospitalizations and death, according to the Institute of Medicine.
As natural resources companies wage a legal battle against a new regulation that calls for more revenue reporting, the Securities and Exchange Commission has stood its ground, firmly rejecting industry’s anti-transparency arguments.
The watchdog office overseeing the department that manages the nation’s public lands and natural resources has been rendered toothless for over 1,400 days.
Representatives from civil society, industry, and government came together last week to plan how to make the government’s collection of royalty payments from natural resources companies more transparent.
A former oil executive wrote in The Guardian that the EU should not back down in the face of industry attempts to water down proposed transparency laws.
POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian will join a federal advisory committee that aims to ensure that the government and taxpayers are getting their fair share of revenues from natural resources that come from public lands.
Tell your members of Congress that cutting corners on nuclear safety and security is simply unacceptable.
The President said he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act as it is currently written because it includes, among other things, funding for a costly nuclear weapons facility.
Government investigators have uncovered conflicts of interest among the contractors working on a multi-billion dollar effort to decontaminate and decommission two of the nation’s nuclear weapons sites.
In an attempt to combat corruption in resource-rich developing countries, two years ago Congress ordered U.S. corporations to disclose payments they make to foreign governments for the extraction of oil, gas and minerals. This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission stood its ground and refused to put the rule on hold while industry groups challenge the agency in court.
A Department of Homeland Security effort to improve the sharing of terrorism-related intelligence among state and local governments and with officials in Washington has yielded “shoddy” information and civil liberties violations, according to a Senate investigation.
The NNSA's effort to extend the shelf-life of nuclear warheads designed for submarine launch is on track for "large cost overruns" of about $221 million if things don't change, according to an inspector general audit.
A top Department of Energy official has changed his tune on the oversight of security contractors at nuclear weapons facilities after an 82-year-old nun broke into the "Fort Knox of uranium."
A government investigation into the recent break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., blamed longstanding security weaknesses and “troubling displays of ineptitude” by facility personnel.
Some senators want to waste billions of dollars on a nuclear facility that experts, including those in the nuclear industry, say is unneeded.
When a nuclear weapons facility can't stop infiltration by an octogenarian nun, it's time to reassess its security standards. The 82-year-old nun, accompanied by two other anti-nuclear activists, broke into Tennessee's Y-12 National Security Complex early Saturday morning.
This week, the House rejected key amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have prevented rollbacks of oversight at our nation's nuclear weapons labs and would have maintained zero funding for an unnecessary $6 billion plutonium facility.