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
July 12, 2016 | Nicholas Pacifico
The federal government makes improper payments every year, costing taxpayers over $1 trillion dollars since 2003.
October 15, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration made a series of questionable calls in its oversight of the blood thinner Pradaxa, which casts doubt on the reliability of the FDA's regulation of prescription drugs.
April 21, 2015 | Michael Smallberg
After years of investigating the well-oiled revolving door between the federal government and the businesses it oversees, we thought we’d seen it all. But even our jaws hit the floor when we learned that Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, had taken a job as the head of Centrus Energy Corp.
Exclusive: New Documents in Zero Dark Thirty Affair Raise Questions of White House-Sanctioned Intelligence Leak and Inspector General Coverup
April 16, 2015 | Adam Zagorin
A document newly obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals more about the high-level government access Hollywood filmmakers had during their research—and what happened at the top of the CIA, including the Agency’s use of White House-approved talking points to brief the filmmakers specifically about intelligence used to locate the al Qaeda leader.
February 11, 2015 | Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz
Implementing the following recommendations will help to the country achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical government—one that is truly responsive to the needs of its citizens.
December 11, 2014 | Adam Zagorin
New evidence related to one of the most controversial public corruption cases in recent years, the 2006 conviction of Alabama’s former Democratic Governor, Donald E. Siegelman, indicates that Department of Justice lawyers may have engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.
October 6, 2014 | David S. Hilzenrath
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.
July 21, 2014 | Lydia Dennett
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees told the Project On Government Oversight that they have faced retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems, and many said a toxic culture discourages VA employees from openly expressing dissent.
June 18, 2014 | Michael Smallberg
A senior regulatory official tasked with policing U.S. financial markets and high-speed trading used to represent firms with a major stake in the government’s oversight of those matters, according to an ethics disclosure form obtained by the Project On Government Oversight.