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Media Contacts

Christine Ostrosky

Media and Communications Assistant

Tim Farnsworth

Chief Communications Strategist

Latest Releases

Press Statement: Justice Dept. Watchdog Found Improper Acts Related to the Clinton Investigation | Justice Department and FBI leadership need to take a deep look inward and sort out how they should collaborate in high-profile, politically sensitive investigations.

Press Statement: Haspel’s Past and Lack of Candor with Congress Disqualify Her from Leading the CIA | We are extremely disappointed by today’s vote to move Gina Haspel’s nomination forward out of committee. Haspel’s involvement with the illegal CIA torture program and the effort to destroy and cover up the evidence of that program should disqualify her from leading the CIA.

Press Release: New Lawsuit Alleges Lax Auditing Culture and Whistleblower Retaliation at PwC | A former PwC auditor alleges that the big accounting firm fired him in retaliation for standing up to fraudulent auditing practices in Silicon Valley and for filing a whistleblower complaint with the government, the Project On Government Oversight reports.


Scott Amey

General Counsel

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

Danielle Brian

Executive Director

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

Lydia Dennett


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

Neil Gordon


  • Contract oversight and transparency
  • Federal contracting misconduct
  • Contracting conflicts of interest

Dan Grazier

Jack Shanahan Fellow

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

Katherine Hawkins


  • National security and constitutional questions
  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Detainee treatment issues
  • Government secrecy, classification

Liz Hempowicz

Director of Public Policy

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

David Hilzenrath

Chief Investigative Reporter

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

Jake Laperruque

Senior Counsel

  • Government surveillance
  • Privacy and national security
  • Policing practices

Sean Moulton

Open Government Program Manager

  • Regulations
  • Federal Advisory Committees
  • DATA Act
  • Contract transparency

Nick Pacifico

Associate General Counsel

  • Inspectors General
  • Improper payments
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade enforcement
  • Federal spending transparency

Andrea Peterson


  • Privacy, surveillance, civil liberties
  • Cybersecurity, technology

Laura Peterson


  • Interior Department
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Industry influence on the rulemaking process
  • Border security, border wall
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Justin Rood

Director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative

  • Congressional oversight
  • Intelligence community

Nick Schwellenbach

Director of Investigations

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

Mandy Smithberger

Director, CDI Straus Military Reform Project

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

Mia Steinle


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

Sarah Turberville

Director, The Constitution Project

  • Habeas corpus and access to justice
  • Independence of the courts
  • Prosecutorial professionalism

Peter Tyler

Senior Policy Analyst

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

Daniel Van Schooten


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

Adam Zagorin


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



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