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.

The Watchdogs After Forty Years: Recommendations for Our Nation's Federal Inspectors General

July 9, 2018

Is the work of the IG community fulfilling the promises of four decades ago? POGO’s recommendations address the need for strong and consistent leadership, a higher prioritization of major issues affecting the nation, such as harm to the public’s health, safety, and constitutional rights, and how to best work with and support whistleblowers.

POGO and Coalition of Organizations Support Curbing Improper Payments

July 3, 2018

The Coalition letter is in support of the bipartisan “Payment Integrity Information Act of 2018” (S. 2948). This bill will help curb improper payments involving federal agencies and programs.

Senate Considers Legislation to Help Stop Improper Payments

June 12, 2018

The letter is in support of the bipartisan “Payment Integrity Information Act of 2018” (S. 2948). This bill will help curb improper payments involving federal agencies and programs.

Civil Society Calls on Appropriators to Support Oversight.gov

May 15, 2018

POGO signed a letter to House and Senate Appropriators asking for dedicated funding in support of Oversight.gov

POGO Urges House Armed Services Committee to Pursue Reforms to Increase Military Effectiveness and Reduce Costs

May 3, 2018

The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter commenting on reforms proposed in the Comprehensive Pentagon Bureaucracy Reform and Reduction Act and the Accelerating the Pace of Acquisitions Reform Act of 2018. While some proposals could increase oversight and reduce costs, many others would reduce the effectiveness of weapon systems, increase wasteful spending, and make it more difficult for the Department of Defense to identify and enact significant cost savings.

POGO Urges Congress to Stop Improper Payments to Deceased People

February 26, 2018

We urge you to support the bipartisan “Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act” (S. 2374/H.R. 4929).

POGO Supports the "Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act"

February 5, 2018

The “Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act” is important legislation that would curb waste and fraud involving federal payments. The Project On Government Oversight urges support for this bipartisan bill.

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?

Recommendations for Disaster Response and Recovery

June 1, 2018

The 2017 disasters were tragic, but they provide an opportunity to learn how to better prepare for future disasters. Here is a rundown of recent POGO blogs, articles, and testimony on the topic.

Congress Taking Aim at Waste and Fraud

June 1, 2018

Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation that takes aim at the billions of dollars in improper payments made annually by federal agencies. The “Payment Integrity Information Act of 2018” would update and strengthen current laws that require federal agencies to estimate, detect, prevent, and recover payments made in error or in the wrong amount.

Senate Report Details Major Disaster Response Contracting Failures

April 23, 2018

A recent report from the staff of Senator Claire McCaskill details many shortcomings of the state of FEMA disaster response contracting. If not corrected, these problems will impact future disaster response.

POGO Staff Visit Key Disaster Response Warehouse

March 29, 2018

On March 9th, POGO staff visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster response warehouse located in Frederick, Maryland. The current network of warehouses delivers supplies to disaster victims, but recent disasters show the need to greatly increase the size of the stockpiles.

Shortsighted on Oversight

March 26, 2018

The President’s tweeted criticism of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s involvement in an investigation into possible wrongdoing by agency officials, and Congressional calls for an additional special counsel, show the need for more understanding of our nation’s independent government watchdogs.

I See Dead People . . . Cashing Federal Checks; Legislation Targets Payments Made in Error

February 26, 2018

Would you believe that some federal agencies are still mistakenly paying people long after they are dead? Fortunately, new bipartisan legislation in the Senate takes steps to tackle this problem.

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns

February 23, 2018

The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

Record-Breaking National Disaster Recovery Budget Should Include Ample Oversight

January 19, 2018

Recovery from the 2017 hurricanes will mean tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster spending. Oversight of such large amounts will be vital, and providing adequate funds for that oversight will ensure that the recovery money is effectively spent, and not fraudulently diverted.

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.

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.

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.

June 15, 2018

Peter Tyler: Senate report says FEMA’s contract award process lacking

Federal News Radio | By Tom Temin

May 11, 2018

Pentagon Shows Bumpy Progress Toward Curbing Improper Payments

Government Executive | By Charles S. Clark

April 30, 2018

INFOGRAPHIC: The Government is Empty

The Nib | By Josh Kramer

March 29, 2018

Dead? No problem - your check is in the mail

Fox News | By Fred Lucas

February 28, 2018

Does President Trump Understand the Role of Inspectors General?

Government Executive | By Charles S. Clark

February 22, 2018

Why Won’t the EPA Watchdog Fully Investigate Pruitt?

The New Republic | By Emily Atkin

December 20, 2017

GSA releases expansive federal real property inventory

Federal News Radio | By Meredith Somers

December 18, 2017

One website for all congressional reports

GCN | By Matt Leonard

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