About POGO

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Media Contacts

Christine Ostrosky

Media and Communications Assistant

Tim Farnsworth

Chief Communications Strategist

Latest Releases

Press Statement: POGO Applauds Effort to Protect Intelligence Community Contractor Whistleblowers | The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) applauds Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) for including an enforcement provision to the whistleblower protections for intelligence community contractors provided by the bill.

Press Statement: The Executive Branch Cannot and Should Not Stonewall Congressional Oversight | Today, Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) are filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration for refusing to turn over documents requested relevant to that Committee’s oversight.

Press Statement: POGO Condemns U.S. Withdrawal from International Transparency Initiative | Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior withdrew the United States from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the international initiative that requires governments to publicly disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets, and for companies to make parallel disclosure so taxpayers know they are getting every dollar due to them for extraction on public lands.


Scott Amey

General Counsel

  • Contract oversight
  • Conflicts of interest, revolving door
  • Ethics
  • FOIA, transparency, classified information

Lydia Dennett


  • Nuclear security, nuclear oversight, nuclear contracting, Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX)
  • Foreign lobbying, Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)

Dan Grazier

Jack Shanahan Fellow

  • F-35
  • Pentagon reform, defense contracting
  • National security
  • Iraq/Afghanistan war

Liz Hempowicz

Director of Public Policy

  • Whistleblower protections
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Ethics
  • FOIA, transparency, classified information

Nick Pacifico

Associate General Counsel

  • Inspectors general
  • Improper payments
  • Ethics
  • Conflicts of interest

Laura Peterson


  • Border security, border wall
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Nick Schwellenbach

Director of Investigations

  • Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
  • Whsitleblower issues
  • Intelligence community
  • FOIA, transparency
  • Financial sector, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Mia Steinle


  • Private prisons
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention centers
  • Natural resources
  • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

Daniel Van Schooten


  • Contract auditing
  • Defense contracting, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

Danielle Brian

Executive Director

  • Government oversight, ethics, open government
  • Wasteful defense spending
  • National security
  • Whistleblower issues

Neil Gordon


  • Federal contracts, contract auditing
  • Contract oversight, conflicts of interest
  • Federal contractor misconduct

Katherine Hawkins

Investigative Counsel

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

David Hilzenrath

Chief Investigative Reporter

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Financial sector, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street
  • Veterans Affairs

Andrea Peterson


  • Privacy, surveillance, civil liberties
  • Cybersecurity, technology

Justin Rood

Director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative

  • Congressional oversight
  • Intelligence community

Mandy Smithberger

Director, CDI Straus Military Reform Project

  • Pentagon reform
  • Defense spending, contracting, acquisition
  • National security
  • Revolving door, conflicts of interest

Peter Tyler


  • Congressional oversight
  • Improper payments
  • Inspectors general
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Adam Zagorin


  • Intelligence community (IC), IC whistleblowers
  • Conflicts of interest
  • National security
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
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