February 16, 2018
A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) last month revealed that the United States is unable or unwilling to stop funding units that engage in torture, summary execution, and other serious human rights violations, despite Congress’s efforts to restrict that aid.
Propaganda by Proxy: How High-Powered Lobbying and PR Firms Launder Influence for Foreign Governments
January 29, 2018
Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.
All Featured Investigations
The Interior Department’s flawed system for auctioning offshore leases has allowed oil and gas companies to secure drilling rights for a pittance at the expense of the American people, to whom the resources belong, a POGO investigation found.
November 16, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach
It is relatively rare for politicians to face criminal prosecution despite the perception that they work for big campaign donors rather than for their own constituents. A number of Supreme Court decisions partly explain why so few cases are brought.
October 31, 2017 | Peter Tyler
The United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.
September 20, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach
Previously unreported documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight shows the lead fundraiser for Senator Luther Strange’s reelection campaign is connected to an ongoing federal public corruption investigation.
Whistleblower Lawsuit Charges Illegal Retaliation, Dangerous Practices at CIA’s Elite Directorate of Operations
August 24, 2017 | Adam Zagorin
Exclusive: Federal lawsuit alleges dangerous practices at a CIA base in war zone, whistleblower retaliation by top Agency spymaster and failure of CIA Inspector General to investigate the case in a timely manner.
June 26, 2017 | Andrea Peterson
The independent government agency that’s supposed to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are respected by surveillance programs is practically paralyzed as Congress is debating key spying powers.