October 16, 2017
One of the most important duties of an Inspector General is to enforce high professional and ethical standards in their agency. Yet in the case of CIA Inspector General nominee Christopher Sharpley, the White House has selected someone who has several unresolved allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers to lead this key watchdog office.
October 26, 2017
In recent months, a political bribery scandal has gripped Alabama, ensnaring one state lawmaker and casting attention on the actions of other Alabama politicians, including the one ultimately responsible for overseeing the bribery case and potential environmental litigation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
September 7, 2017
A growing body of legal experts says paying people in detention centers $1 per day to work violates minimum wage laws and the Constitution.
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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.
May 3, 2017 | Mia Steinle
Hundreds of thousands of people are held for varying amounts of time in America’s privately run detention centers every year. But good luck trying to piece together the sparse data that the federal government makes public about these private detention centers.
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel produces binding legal opinions on important issues, many of which are secret. POGO’s analysis shows that the Obama administration did not make OLC substantially more transparent. The Trump administration could chart a new path forward.
March 15, 2017 | Sean Moulton
The federal government could learn a lot from the states on contract transparency. Two thirds of the states proactively post at least some of their contract documents right on their spending websites. Despite spending hundreds of billions through contracts each year, the federal government still hasn't begun posting any contracts on USASpending.gov.