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 signed a letter to House and Senate Appropriators asking for dedicated funding in support of Oversight.gov
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.
We urge you to support the bipartisan “Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act” (S. 2374/H.R. 4929).
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 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 United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.
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.
Who has the ability credibility, and independence to perform an effective and fair investigation during a breaking national scandal, disaster, or crisis?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislation was introduced that will improve accountability in a Department of Defense program that transfers surplus military equipment to civil law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed at curbing misuse of government charge cards that can result in improper payments.
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.
The federal government needs to improve the accuracy and completeness of improper payment identification and estimation.
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.
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