About POGO

Rebecca Jones

Beth Daley Policy Associate


Advocates Applaud Bill Closing Whistleblower Loophole

August 8, 2018

Advocate groups sent a letter to Senator Duckworth in support of her bill that would close a loophole that is harmful to whistleblowers at the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Civil Society Calls on Pentagon to Increase Public Access to Information

August 7, 2018

In a letter to Defense Secretary Mattis, Civil Society groups urge increased public access to information about our current wars.

POGO Supports Grant of Testimonial Subpoena Power to Inspectors General

July 25, 2018

POGO sent a letter in support of bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives that would grant testimonial subpoena power to federal inspectors general.

POGO Urges President Trump to Fill Inspectors General Vacancies

July 12, 2018

POGO sent a letter to President Trump urging him to submit qualified inspector general nominees to the Senate.

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 Files SEC Complaint on Possible Insider Trading

June 21, 2018

POGO filed a complaint with the SEC asking it to investigate Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for possible insider trading.

POGO Supports House Bill Stressing Inspector General and GAO Recommendations

June 12, 2018

POGO sent a support letter to Sponsors and Co-Sponsors of the GAO IG Act. The legislation would bring attention to the recommendations of IGs and the GAO by requiring agencies to report on unimplemented recommendations in their annual budget requests to Congress.

Civil Society Urges Senators to Reject Haspel Nomination, Citing Lack of Transparency

May 15, 2018

Civil Society groups sent a joint letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence calling on them to reject Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA Director.

POGO Joins in Support of Worker Health and Safety Advisory Boards

April 24, 2018

Advisory panels are composed of experts who guide better evidence-based policies to safeguard American workers but reports show that the Labor Department is stalling their work.

POGO to Attorney General Sessions: Opioid Task Force Must Examine the Revolving Door

March 16, 2018

The opioid crisis has been fueled for decades by the legalized corruption created by the revolving door between the government and drug companies, that is why POGO asked Attorney General Jess Sessions to instruct the new opioid crisis task force.

New Report Confirms Whistleblower Retaliation is Alive and Well at Department of Veterans Affairs

August 1, 2018

A new GAO report confirms POGO’s fears that the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protections lacks adequate independence.

House Members Stand Up to Bad Executive Orders, Stand Up for Federal Workers

June 18, 2018

House Republicans and Democrats sent President Trump separate letters condemning recent executive orders that weaken civil service protection laws and put a bullseye on the backs of whistleblowers.

Patient Advocates Get Big Funding from Big Pharma

June 7, 2018

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation compelling patient advocacy groups to report funding they receive from pharmaceutical companies. This added transparency will give the public a new lens through which to view actions of these groups.

Short-Staffed: Vacancies Leave Life-Altering Oversight Work for Later

March 21, 2018

Several administrative review boards lack adequate membership to decide important questions of workers’ rights and surveillance oversight. As a result, workers can’t find relief and the American public is worse off.

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars

February 27, 2018

The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

Scott Pruitt to Testify Today: Here Are POGO’s Most Pressing Questions

January 30, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will testify today in front of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. POGO hopes for thorough answers about EPA accountability.

Oversight Committee Democrats File Suit to Compel Trump Hotel Details

November 3, 2017

Democratic lawmakers in the House filed suit on Thursday to compel the General Services Administration to hand over details surrounding the Trump International Hotel’s ties to the President and to money stemming from foreign officials.

April 13, 2018

Rebecca Jones: Vacancies Act lacks teeth, needs reform

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