About POGO

Peter Tyler

Senior Policy Analyst


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 Testimony: How Government Can and Should Learn from Previous Disasters

November 15, 2017

POGO submitted written testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing examining the federal response to the 2017 Hurricane season. The United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.

The New Normal—America Needs to Up Its Game When Responding to Natural Disasters

October 31, 2017

The United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.

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?

Revealing the Lost World of Government Reports

December 13, 2017

The recently introduced Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act would require federal agencies to forward copies of congressionally mandated reports to the Government Publishing Office, which would then post them online to more easily allow Congress, the public, and journalists to find them.

Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges

December 4, 2017

The Senate and House deliberations over the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) budget exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts. While the overall DHS budget is increasing as the agency is facing many new challenges such as the recent major disasters, the Administration and Congress are not providing the Office of Inspector General adequate resources.

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs

November 20, 2017

Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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.

December 6, 2017

Texas Paid $5.5 Million in Medicaid Payments to Dead People

National Economics Editorial |

November 8, 2017

The New Normal: The Government Must Do Better With Major Disasters

Government Executive | By Tim Manning and POGO's Peter Tyler

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