About POGO

Press Room

Media Contacts

Christine Ostrosky

Media and Communications Assistant

Tim Farnsworth

Chief Communications Strategist

Latest Releases

Press Release: Offshore Drilling Deregulation Effectively Excludes Informed Public Input | Because those industry-created standards are difficult for the public to access, the Interior Department is skirting key federal laws that require meaningful public participation in rulemaking, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) investigation.

Press Release: Jeff Sessions and Former Staff Worked Closely with Individuals Recently Convicted of Bribery | Then-Senator Jeff Sessions—now the Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official—and his Senate staff coordinated closely with individuals recently convicted of bribing an Alabama lawmaker, according to documents reviewed by the Project On Government Oversight in conjunction with Mother Jones.

Press Release: New POGO Report Details How to Strengthen Government Watchdogs | Today, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) released a new report with policy recommendations to strengthen the role and independence of the federal government’s independent watchdogs.


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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