About POGO

Peter Tyler



Year Started At POGO: 2017

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Areas of expertise:  Congressional Oversight, Federal spending accountability, Inspectors General

Peter Tyler has nearly two decades of congressional experience in the US Senate and US House of Representatives. While a senior professional staffer on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Peter conducted oversight on a wide range of government agencies and programs, from the Pentagon to Social Security to Medicare and Medicaid. He has written multiple bills that became law, focusing on government reform and reducing improper payments and fraud in federal spending. Peter also worked in congressional affairs and advocacy, most recently for the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Politics.

POGO Supports Senate Bill to Improve Charge Card Spending

July 25, 2017

Federal purchase and travel cards continue to represent a significant source of improper and fraudulent payments. While some progress has been made by federal agencies in recent years, POGO supports the Senate's effort to address the long-standing problem.

Necessary and Proper: Best Practices for Congressional Investigations

June 7, 2017

Who has the ability credibility, and independence to perform an effective and fair investigation during a breaking national scandal, disaster, or crisis?

Senate Bill Would Improve Oversight of Programs That Give Police Military Equipment

October 11, 2017

Legislation was introduced that will improve accountability in a Department of Defense program that transfers surplus military equipment to civil law enforcement agencies.

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to Improve Federal Charge Card Spending

August 10, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed at curbing misuse of government charge cards that can result in improper payments.

End to Limits Placed On Congressional Oversight?

July 28, 2017

Senator Grassley received letters from the Administration indicating that the Office of Legal Counsel’s restrictive interpretation regarding federal agencies’ responses to Congressional oversight inquiries may be at an end.

Limits Placed on Congressional Oversight

June 16, 2017

A new memo released by the executive branch’s Office of Legal Counsel attempts to establish a more restrictive policy regarding federal agencies responses to Congressional oversight inquiries. POGO, Members of Congress, and others are strongly criticizing this executive overreach.

Strengthening Financial Integrity of Federal Agencies

June 16, 2017

The federal government needs to improve the accuracy and completeness of improper payment identification and estimation.

August 17, 2017

Strip clubs and Starbucks: Millions in questionable spending charged to government

WSB-TV Atlanta 2 | By Justin Gray

August 14, 2017

Congressional investigations — not just special counsels — strengthen our democracy

The Hill | By Danielle Brian and Faiza Patel

July 10, 2017

Bipartisan Conclusions to Election-Meddling Probes May Be Elusive

The Wall Street Journal | By Byron Tau

June 23, 2017

Drowning in Bitter Partisanship

U.S. News and World Report | By Susan Milligan