Letters to Policymakers

2017


Bipartisan Coalition: Cancel the Energy Department's Most Wasteful Nuclear Project, June 26, 2017
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) joined a bipartisan coalition to send a letter urging the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to end funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX), and praised the bipartisan cooperation of the Senate Appropriations committee on this issue.

Bipartisan Coalition: Congress should not authorize a F-35 block buy, June 26, 2017
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) joined a bipartisan coalition of organizations urging the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reject a proposal to authorize a block buy--called an economic order quantity--for the F-35. Authorizing an economic order quantity for the F-35 before testing is complete is likely to increase costs to taxpayers and put the Department on the hook.

House Defense Acquisition Reform Bill Has Pluses, But Will Result in DoD Waste, June 22, 2017
Several provisions included in the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act (H.R. 2511) will save money and streamline operations, but other proposals such as altering DoD’s contract auditing processes and increasing the threshold for contractors to supply cost or pricing data, are a recipe for waste, fraud, and abuse.

Bipartisan Coalition Demand Bomber Program Cost Transparency, June 22, 2017
The Project On Government Oversight joined groups across the political spectrum to urge Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) to continue to demand the Air Force tell the public the full contract value for the B-21 long-range strategic bomber program.

Safe and Effective Operation of Carriers Depends on Shock Trials, June 21, 2017
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to the members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them to preserve a requirement for the Ford aircraft carrier to undergo full ship shock trial testing before deployment. Waiving this requirement for the Ford would endanger the lives of the 4,300 sailors of the ship’s complement and risk massive cost overruns in the years.

POGO Joins Groups Urging Congress to Authorize BRAC, June 19, 2017
The Center for Defense Information and the Project On Government Oversight joined defense experts across the political spectrum in asking the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to authorize a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Round. Previous rounds save taxpayers $13 billion per year, and the Pentagon believes another round would save an additional $2 billion annually.

Groups Urge Congress for Foreign Lobbying Reform, May 1, 2017
Civil society groups urge Congress to take additional steps to provide transparency for the government and the American people into how foreign entities try to influence US policies.

Defense Secretary Mattis Urged to Review Whistleblower Retaliation Cases, April 25, 2017
A coalition of whistleblower advocates sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis raising concerns about the message sent by not punishing two high-ranking officials found to retaliate against whistleblowers. Last year Inspectors General found both Navy Rear Admiral Brian Losey and National Security Agency (NSA) Inspector General Dr. George Ellard had illegally retaliated against whistleblowers.

Groups Urge White House and Pentagon To Right-Size Pentagon Workforce, April 20, 2017
Numerous studies have identified the need for reforms to the size and structure of the Pentagon's workforce, including a study by the Project On Government Oversight that found the average annual contractor billable rate was much more than the average annual full compensation for federal employees performing comparable services.

Civil Society Provides Public Comment on Collection of Foreign Lobbying Documents, April 7, 2017
A number of civil society groups, including the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), have responded to the Department of Justice's request for public comment on the collection and disclosure of foreign lobbying documents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

POGO Asks Senate Committee to Question Potential Conflicts of Air Force Secretary Nominee, March 28, 2017
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to question Trump Air Force Secretary nominee Heather Wilson's potential conflicts of interest regarding her post-government employment with Department of Energy nuclear laboratories.

Groups Send Letter to Congress on Wasteful Nuclear Fuel Production Facility, March 1, 2017
Four groups concerned with good government spending sent a letter to Congressional Members advocating a end to funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) Fabrication Facility in Aiken, South Carolina, a vastly over budget and behind schedule nuclear fuel production facility.

POGO Asks Senate Committee to Examine Defense Secretary Nominee Conflicts, January 10, 2017.
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to more closely examine Trump Defense Secretary nominee General James Mattis's conflicts of interest regarding General Dynamics and Theranos.

2016

Congress: Amend House Rules on Congressional Fellows, November 3, 2016.
POGO and five other non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Members of the House to urge them to consider amending House Rules to require fellows in Congressional offices who are paid by a third party to disclose the source and rate of their compensation.

POGO Joins Right-Left Coalition Urging Defense Authorization Conferees to Reject Wasteful Pentagon Spending, June 30, 2016.
POGO joined a bipartisan coalition to urge conferees to the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to reject the use of budget gimmicks to increase Department of Defense spending, particularly calling on conferees to restrict the use of funds in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to genuine war spending needs, reject the April 30th deadline to use-or-lose OCO funds, and support auditability and transparency in Pentagon spending.

POGO and National Taxpayers Union Urge Congress to Withhold MOX Funding, May 25, 2016
POGO and the National Taxpayers Union sent a letter to House Members urging them to withhold funding for the construction of the Mixed oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) in South Carolina until the Department of Energy answers questions about the project mandated in last year's National Defense Authorization Act.

POGO joins Right/Left Coalition Urging Senate to Reject Amendments to Increase Pentagon Spending, May 25, 2016.
The Project On Government Oversight joined groups across the political spectrum urging Senators to reject amendments to increased spending for the Department of Defense beyond what was allowed in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, including an amendment offered by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to fund military service wishlists - called "unfunded priorities" - by increasing the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) war spending account by $18 billion.

POGO Joins Right/Left Coalition Proposing $38.6 Billion in Pentagon Savings  April 19, 2016.
As you consider the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2017, the undersigned groups appreciate your consideration of the following options for savings to comply with the spending caps put in place by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Keeping the Fiscal Year 2017 budget in line with the caps will help the Department of Defense avoid sequestration and save valuable resources in an era of budgetary constraint. We recommend that in implementing these options, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account for Fiscal Year 2017 be budgeted at no greater than the president’s requested amount of $59 billion and reject amendments to add additional funds to the OCO account.

DoD Tries to Amend FOIA Through NDAA Again  April 7, 2016.
Bipartisan organizations oppose DoD proposal to amend FOIA through the NDAA, after failing to do so last year.

Letter to Pentagon Watchdog To Address Internal Misconduct Regarding Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations, March 8, 2016.
POGO and CDI sent a letter to Acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine urging him to address significant deficiencies in the office's military reprisal investigations, including attempts to change case files under review by the Government Accountability Office.

22 Organizations Ask the Intelligence Community Inspector General to Investigate Insider Threat Program, January 6, 2016.
POGO was joined by 21 other civil society organizations across the political spectrum in requesting Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough to investigate whether the Insider Threat Program is being used to improperly target national security whistleblowers like Thomas Drake.

2015

POGO Joins Groups Calling for Congress to Reject Defense Authorization Bill, September 30, 2015.
POGO urges Congress to vote no on the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which reduces Pentagon oversight and increases wasteful defense spending.

POGO Supports Defense Department Proposal to Buy Items that have a Genuine Commercial Market, October 2, 2015.
POGO supports DoD's proposal to standardize commercial item buying, often a risky contract mechanism. The proposals will assist contracting officers in obtaining needed cost or pricing data that will ensure that the government receives fair and reasonable prices.

POGO Joins Groups Calling for Congress to Reject Defense Authorization Bill, September 30, 2015.
POGO urges Congress to vote no on the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which reduces Pentagon oversight and increases wasteful defense spending.

POGO Letter to Conferees on the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act, June 25, 2015.
In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, POGO outlines key acquisition reform policies, wasteful defense spending in conventional and nuclear weapons and MOX, support for close air support and the A-10, and oversight over risky weapon programs like the littoral combat ship (LCS) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

POGO Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Concerning Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo's Potential Violation of Anti-Lobbying Restrictions, June 8, 2015.
POGO sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) concerning evidence that Navy efforts to establish an off-budget Sea-Based Deterrence Fund for the Ohio submarine replacement program (SSBN(X)) may have included illegal grassroots lobbying by Navy leadership to garner congressional support. POGO asked them to investigate remarks made by Admiral John Richardson, nominated to be President Obama's next Chief of Naval Operations, and Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo, under consideration to become Vice Admiral.

POGO Letter to GAO Concerning Navy's Potential Violation of Anti-Lobbying Restrictions, June 8, 2015.
Navy efforts to establish an off-budget Sea-Based Deterrence Fund may have included illegal grassroots lobbying by Navy leadership to garner congressional support.  POGO sent a letter to the GAO asking them to
investigate remarks made by Admiral John Richardson, nominated to be President Obama's next Chief of Naval Operations, and Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo, under consideration to become Vice Admiral.

Letter to the House in Support of NDAA Amendments, May 14, 2015.
POGO joined a broad coalition of Pentagon spending watchdogs in urging the House to reject the use of the overseas contingency operations to circumvent Budget Control Act (BCA) budget caps on Pentagon spending
and to support amendments a handful of amendments that have broad, bipartisan support and contribute to a stronger and more sustainable national security framework.

Open Letter to the House of Representatives on the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2016, May 6, 2015.
POGO and Taxpayers for Common Sense sent a letter to the House urging support for acquisition and whistleblower reforms that will save taxpayers money and to reject war spending budget gimmicks and other provisions to increase wasteful Pentagon spending.

Open NDAA Campaign Back in Full Swing with Letter to SASC, April 22, 2015.
POGO led a bipartisan letter to the Senate Armed Services committee urging them to support transparency and open government by opening up the markup process for the National Defense Authorization Act.

POGO Leads Letter to Air Force Secretary to Hold Post Accountable for His Chilling Statement, February 5, 2015.
The Project On Government Oversight was joined by a group of concerned organizations and individuals in writing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to express our concern about Maj. Gen. James Posts' statement that pilots that spoke to Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 were committing traeson and the implications it has on military whistleblowers.