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June 3, 2016

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Celebrating 35 Years of “The People’s Watchdog”



Danielle Brian Story POGO 35th Anniversary For three and a half decades, POGO has been inside the Beltway fighting for a more effective, accountable, open and ethical federal government. Here's the highlights from our 35th anniversary event.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 1, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: Holder Comments on Snowden Highlight Need for Public Interest Balancing Test for Whistleblowers



Eric Holder The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is responding to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments that Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by triggering a debate over surveillance measures, but still deserves to be punished for leakin

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

May 26, 2016

By Sean Moulton

House Committee Votes to Keep Congressional Reports Secret



Screenshot of Rep. Mike Quigely offering an amendment on CRS report availability. The House Appropriations Committee voted against posting Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online for the public.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 24, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Rare Instance of Transparency in DOJ Attorney Misconduct



Photo of a gavel Last week, an order and opinion by United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen provided some rare transparency into a case of DOJ attorney misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.