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Make Our Nuclear Material More Secure

Every year, our government spends billions of dollars to fight threats to our national security outside our borders. However, closer to home, we’re not paying enough attention to safeguarding the dangerous nuclear materials stored at federal facilities right here.

Sign our petition to President Obama to make our communities more secure by consolidating nuclear materials into fewer facilities and by keeping the government’s commitment to downblend excess nuclear materials.

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Tell Your Senator to Support the Bipartisan FOIA Improvement ACT

Unless the Senate acts soon, a critical bipartisan bill that would help make federal agencies more open and accountable will die at the end of the year. We urgently need you to write your senator and tell them you support reforms to the Freedom of Information Act, known as FOIA.

We need you to tell your senator to support this legislation. Our government is spending too much time obstructing FOIA. This bill would rein in abuses that allow federal agencies to claim questionable exemptions to the law.

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Tell President Obama to Hold CIA Director Brennan Accountable

CIA Director John Brennan's recent actions are unacceptable. An Inspector General's report confirms what has already been reported in the media—the CIA spied on its Senate overseers and made false claims to the DOJ against Senate staffers investigating the agency's use of torture.

It's clear now that Mr. Brennan was either clueless about what was going on in his agency or he outright lied to the Senate about it. Tell President Obama that John Brennan has to go.

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Support James Risen and a Free Press

The Justice Department is now considering whether to attempt to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against one of his alleged sources. If Risen refuses, as he has vowed to, he would likely face harsh fines or imprisonment.

Join the Project On Government Oversight in supporting Risen's fight to protect his sources and in supporing freedom of the press.

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Tell Congress to Shed Light on the NSA Program

Sen. Patrick Leahy has re-introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would add a great deal of transparency, safeguards and oversight to the NSA’s bulk collection program. We need to make sure Congress knows we’re paying attention and they need to do what’s right to ensure Americans’ liberties aren’t compromised.

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Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers

The Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs has demanded that POGO turn over the names of whistleblowers who have contacted us about mismanagement at the VA.

If the VA IG can demand POGO’s records – one that amounts to little more than a fishing expedition – where does the government draw the line?

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Tell Congress to Save $7 Billion by Reriting the USS George Washington

Here’s a pop quiz: How many aircraft carriers does the U.S. Navy need to maintain military superiority? Before you answer that question, consider that no other country in the world, including China and Russia, has more than two carriers. Would five aircraft carriers be enough? How about seven or eight?

The fact is, the U.S. has ten nuclear powered carriers in its fleet, with another scheduled to become operational in a mere two years. However, carriers are incredibly expensive to maintain and top military strategists have raised serious doubts about their vulnerabilities in modern warfare. So, considering all those factors, does it make sense for the Navy to spend $4.7 billion next year to refuel the USS George Washington?

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Tell the President to Stand By the Victims of Camp Lejeune

President Obama has promised that the federal government would take steps to make a real difference for those still suffering from the devastating contamination at Camp Lejeune.

But President Obama’s Department of Justice is undermining his promise. Remarkably, DOJ recently sent a brief to the Supreme Court urging an interpretation of a federal pollution law that supports a known polluter—and would let the government off the hook for Camp Lejeune.

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Tell Congress to Cut Excessive Perks for Generals and Admirals

If you’re a military retiree, your pension is on the chopping block under a budget deal passed by Congress last month. That is unless you’re one of the Pentagon’s top brass.

Yes, unbelievably Congress is asking career enlisted personnel and lower-ranking officers to bear the brunt of pending budget cuts while three and four star generals and admirals, whose pensions were already bumped up, would keep their full retirement packages.

That’s just wrong.

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Tell Congress to Cut Wasteful Pentagon Spending

It’s a rare occasion when analysts from across the political spectrum come together on an issue, but the Pentagon’s budget is so full of waste and excessive spending that groups from the left, right and center, can’t help but agree—something  has to be done.

That’s why POGO joined with 27 organizations to urge Congress to eliminate wasteful and ineffective spending in the bloated Pentagon budget.

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Tell Your Members of Congress to Read POGO's UPF Report

If you find yourself in a hole that you can’t get out of, the first thing you should do is stop digging. Sounds like common sense, right? Well, it probably won’t surprise you that the federal government is digging a huge hole with its plans to construct a Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Costs for the facility–which would evaluate, disassemble, and, if necessary, refurbish nuclear weapons components–have skyrocketed from an estimate of $600 million in 2005 to more than $11 billion today. Let that one roll of your tongue—11 B-I-L-L-I-O-N. Wow.  But here’s the kicker: We don’t really need this facility, as our report points out.

Send Congress Our Report

 

Tell Congress to Increase Oversight of U.S. Foreign Aid

Congress will soon consider a bill that improves oversight of the billions of dollars in aid that flows from the U.S. to foreign countries each year.

But the Obama administration wants to exempt the billions it sends to foreign security forces—$25 billion in 2012—from this scrutiny. We can’t let this happen.

Please write your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act (FATA), with no exemptions for foreign security forces.

Support Transparency

 

Tell Federal Officials We Need Tough Anti-Human Trafficking Rules

Demand that contractors and subcontractors be held accountable so that the thousands of workers who provide food and other necessary services to our soldiers and reconstruction personnel aren’t trapped in the horrors of modern-day slavery.

Stop Modern Slavery

 

Tell Your Representative to Join the Congressional Watchdog Caucus

The Watchdog Caucus will empower inspectors general, federal auditors, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers, whistleblowers and citizens, alike. Its mission is one we can fully endorse—promoting accountability of government employees, creating a culture of transparency and protecting taxpayer dollars. The question isn’t who should join this caucus but why would any member not join?

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Tell Your Member of Congress to Support Open Government

Sunshine Week is about promoting a more open and accountable government. Activists, journalists and everyday citizens are marking it nationwide with lectures, panel discussions, op-eds, reports and celebrations. This is the perfect time to urge your members of Congress to stand for transparency and open government.

Support Open Government

 

Tell Congress to Close the SEC's Revolving Door

The revolving door blurs the lines between one of the nation’s most important regulatory agencies and the interests it regulates. Former SEC employees routinely help corporations try to influence SEC rulemaking and enforcement. Besides pointing out what is wrong with the revolving door, our report outlines several steps Congress can take to mitigate the most harmful effects of the revolving door. We need your help to get these recommendations in front of Congress.

Forward Our Report

 

Tell Congress to Make Our Embassies Safe

It’s time for Congress and the State Department to re-evaluate how America secures its diplomatic missions around the world. We should not be out-sourcing the security of our missions in places where there is increased risk.

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Sign Our Card Thanking Congress for Protecting Whistleblowers

Today, instead of asking you to oppose a bad law or support needed legislation, we'd like you to please fill out the form below to tell your Members of Congress thanks. Because of their action, federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuses of power, will now be better protected—and so will we all.

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Tell Congress to Stop Wasting Money on a Sinking Ship

The Navy is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on a combat ship that is cracking, flooding, rusting and can’t even keep its engines running.  But it’s also buying an alternate version of the ship that doesn’t have nearly as many problems—and costs $12 million dollars less per ship. So why is the Navy still pouring taxpayer dollars into the more expensive version that can hardly stay afloat?

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