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October 24, 2014

When Laura Met Edward: A Movie Review

Edward Snowden

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras's new documentary about her meeting with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden last year, is a compelling story that raises important questions about the state of privacy and freedom in the world today.

October 24, 2014

Dead Air: TV Trucks Purchased for Afghanistan Never Used

TV Truck

Taxpayers paid $3.6 million for television production vehicles donated to Afghanistan that have never been used.

October 22, 2014

POGO Weighs in on Pending Defense Policy Bill

C-2A Greyhound

While congressional staff are busy preparing a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO supports several specific policy reforms that could benefit the Pentagon and the American taxpayer.

October 17, 2014

The Pentagon Still Has Plenty of Money For War


With the United States engaged in a new war in the Middle East, some politicians and military leaders are saying that the U.S. will not be able to pay for these military campaigns and should therefore abandon fiscal discipline.

October 15, 2014

Government Becomes Master of Its Data Domain

Contract Oversight

POGO was pleased to see the General Services Administration step in and buy the rights to the federal government’s two most important spending transparency databases: the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation and

October 16, 2014

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations

As you prepare for final, bicameral consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, the undersigned groups appreciate your consideration of the following recommendations. Doing so will help the Department of Defense save valuable resources in an era of budgetary constraint.

October 8, 2014

POGO Requests Independent Study to Determine Need For Nuclear Facility

The Project On Government Oversight is concerned about the rising cost of the proposed Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex and requests an independent study to determine exactly what capacity will be required of the mutibillion-dollar facility.

October 6, 2014

System Failure

Army veteran Steven P. Massong's nightmare began after a routine procedure at a VA hospital in 2005 led to the amputations of his right foot and scrotum. In the nine years since, he has been lost in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get the disability benefits he seeks.

October 6, 2014

Veteran’s Nightmarish Journey Puts Focus on Broken VA System

Of the hundreds of veterans who have contacted the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) with personal stories of poor treatment and delayed services, the case of Steven P. Massong exemplifies how the massive bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed the very people it was set up to help.

October 2, 2014

Fired TSA Air Marshal Had Constitutional Right to Blow Whistle on Security Concerns, POGO Tells Supreme Court

The U.S. Air Marshal who blew the whistle on security cut-backs for high-risk long-distance flights in 2003 had the constitutional right to warn the public about the danger to their safety, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) wrote in amicus brief submitted this week to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 19, 2014

VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

The Washington Post | Federal Eye | By Joe Davidson

October 11, 2014

Sunlight is better than darkness

The Hill; Congress Blog | By POGO's Michael Smallberg

October 9, 2014

Why Everyone is Lobbying on the F-35 Fighter Jet

In The Capital; | By Tess VandenDolder

October 9, 2014

U.S. Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans

Reuters | By Andrea Shalal

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