About POGO

Sean Moulton

Open Government Program Manager

smoulton@pogo.org

Year started at POGO: 2015

Areas of expertise: Open Government, Government Accountability, Freedom of Information Act, Contractor Oversight, Ethics

Sean Moulton is the Open Government Program Manager at POGO and oversees the effort to develop a “blueprint” the next president can use to build a more open and accountable administration.

Before joining POGO, Sean worked for over a decade on transparency and government accountability issues, with special attention to freedom of information issues, spending transparency, and environmental right-to-know policies. He has authored reports, testified before Congress, submitted comments on proposed regulations, and helped launch public disclosure websites. He has spoken on open government issues extensively with the media, having appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, ABC, and NBC and being quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major news publications.

Sean led the Center for Effective Government’s open government work for 13 years. He has also worked at Friends of the Earth, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Economic Priorities. In 2011 Sean was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Albright College.

Strengthening Government Accountability and Transparency

November 3, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight urges the next President to aggressively engage on problems that have plagued our federal government for years – waste, corruption, delay, ineffectiveness. Accountability and transparency offer solutions that will rebuild public confidence and establish a more open, honest, and democratic government.

Campaign 2016: What's a Good Government Advocate to Do?

September 9, 2016

Wanna hear POGO's take on Trump's taxes and Hillary's emails?

POGO's Public Comment to GSA on Corporate Identifiers

January 19, 2016

POGO supports the government moving away from using proprietary company IDs and establishing a system that will better track who is getting federal contract awards and assistance spending.

Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution

January 12, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program—the Toxics Release Inventory program—to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will increase public awareness of environmental impacts associated with these natural gas facilities, and will likely motivate companies to reduce toxic releases.

House Committee Votes to Keep Congressional Reports Secret

May 26, 2016

The House Appropriations Committee voted against posting Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online for the public.

Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public

March 11, 2016

A new bill introduced in Congress would require that Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports be posted online by the Government Printing Office so the public would finally have easy, free access to the informative materials.

Government Ending Contractor ID Monopoly

January 22, 2016

To track the recipients of taxpayer dollars, the government has been paying millions each year to rent a system from the private sector. But that monopoly may soon be ending.

9/11 Responders Get Permanent Health Care Benefits

January 8, 2016

Congress deserves credit for finally passing permanent health care benefits for 9/11 responders as 2015 was winding down.

Congress Adds Insult to 9/11 Injuries

October 19, 2015

Congress lets funding for 9/11 medical assistance for first responders expire, which is just the latest in a series of poor government actions around health and safety issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

Public Outcry Protects Open Gov Against Backroom Legislation

July 14, 2015

Bipartisan protest demanded the removal of anti-transparency language from Wisconsin's state budget bill.

More Calls for Access to CRS’s Formal Reports

June 25, 2015

Congressional Research Service reports belong in the public domain.

August 17, 2016

Mixed reviews for Oregon public records law draft

The Bulletin | By Taylor W. Anderson

June 12, 2016

Governor’s open records responses keep public on a cold trail

The Bulletin | By Taylor W. Anderson

June 3, 2016

After 30 Years Since Transparency Debuted in Government, Work Remains

Government Technology; govtech.com | By Eyragon Eidam

March 30, 2016

When Red Tape Is a Good Thing

In Other Words | By Sean Moulton