POGO's Action Center

Tell President Obama: Veto the Defense Bill

Congress is sending legislation to the President that includes budget gimmicks to inflate Pentagon spending beyond the legal caps, weaken oversight, and do nothing to improve military whistleblower protections. Tell him to veto it.

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Tell These Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee That They Let Taxpayers Down

There are some very troubling things about how the Senate Armed Services Committee debates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) behind closed doors. I understand the need to keep classified information from being released, however, the House of Representatives has shown that it is possible to debate this bill without disclosing classified information.

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Tell Congress We Need a SANE Approach to Nuclear Weapons

The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures, or SANE Act, is, frankly, a sane approach to reduce certain nuclear weapons that are no longer needed to ensure our national security.

We live in a world with myriad threats to our national security but the truth is, we’ve got more than enough nuclear weapons on hand to handle any possible threat. By reducing our surplus weapons and doing away with unneeded facilities, the SANE Act would save taxpayers more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.

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Tell Your Member of Congress to Support POGO's Congressional Oversight Priorities

We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at reducing waste, protecting whistleblowers, increasing transparency and shining a light on the outside influences that corrupt our federal government. We think there’s a bipartisan roadmap here for Congress that could save taxpayers billions of dollars by resetting some of our priorities, particularly when it comes to Pentagon spending.

We hope you’ll read the recommendations, and then tell your members of Congress to read our report and make these priorities their own.

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Make Our Nuclear Material More Secure

Every year, our government spends billions of dollars to fight threats to our national security outside our borders. However, closer to home, we’re not paying enough attention to safeguarding the dangerous nuclear materials stored at federal facilities right here.

Sign our petition to President Obama to make our communities more secure by consolidating nuclear materials into fewer facilities and by keeping the government’s commitment to downblend excess nuclear materials.

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Tell President Obama to Hold CIA Director Brennan Accountable

CIA Director John Brennan's recent actions are unacceptable. An Inspector General's report confirms what has already been reported in the media—the CIA spied on its Senate overseers and made false claims to the DOJ against Senate staffers investigating the agency's use of torture.

It's clear now that Mr. Brennan was either clueless about what was going on in his agency or he outright lied to the Senate about it. Tell President Obama that John Brennan has to go.

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Tell Congress to Save $7 Billion by Reriting the USS George Washington

Here’s a pop quiz: How many aircraft carriers does the U.S. Navy need to maintain military superiority? Before you answer that question, consider that no other country in the world, including China and Russia, has more than two carriers. Would five aircraft carriers be enough? How about seven or eight?

The fact is, the U.S. has ten nuclear powered carriers in its fleet, with another scheduled to become operational in a mere two years. However, carriers are incredibly expensive to maintain and top military strategists have raised serious doubts about their vulnerabilities in modern warfare. So, considering all those factors, does it make sense for the Navy to spend $4.7 billion next year to refuel the USS George Washington?

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Tell Congress to Cut Excessive Perks for Generals and Admirals

If you’re a military retiree, your pension is on the chopping block under a budget deal passed by Congress last month. That is unless you’re one of the Pentagon’s top brass.

Yes, unbelievably Congress is asking career enlisted personnel and lower-ranking officers to bear the brunt of pending budget cuts while three and four star generals and admirals, whose pensions were already bumped up, would keep their full retirement packages.

That’s just wrong.

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Tell Your Members of Congress to Read POGO's UPF Report

If you find yourself in a hole that you can’t get out of, the first thing you should do is stop digging. Sounds like common sense, right? Well, it probably won’t surprise you that the federal government is digging a huge hole with its plans to construct a Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Costs for the facility–which would evaluate, disassemble, and, if necessary, refurbish nuclear weapons components–have skyrocketed from an estimate of $600 million in 2005 to more than $11 billion today. Let that one roll of your tongue—11 B-I-L-L-I-O-N. Wow.  But here’s the kicker: We don’t really need this facility, as our report points out.

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Tell Federal Officials We Need Tough Anti-Human Trafficking Rules

Demand that contractors and subcontractors be held accountable so that the thousands of workers who provide food and other necessary services to our soldiers and reconstruction personnel aren’t trapped in the horrors of modern-day slavery.

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Tell Your Representative to Join the Congressional Watchdog Caucus

The Watchdog Caucus will empower inspectors general, federal auditors, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers, whistleblowers and citizens, alike. Its mission is one we can fully endorse—promoting accountability of government employees, creating a culture of transparency and protecting taxpayer dollars. The question isn’t who should join this caucus but why would any member not join?

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Tell Congress to Close the SEC's Revolving Door

The revolving door blurs the lines between one of the nation’s most important regulatory agencies and the interests it regulates. Former SEC employees routinely help corporations try to influence SEC rulemaking and enforcement. Besides pointing out what is wrong with the revolving door, our report outlines several steps Congress can take to mitigate the most harmful effects of the revolving door. We need your help to get these recommendations in front of Congress.

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Tell Congress to Make Our Embassies Safe

It’s time for Congress and the State Department to re-evaluate how America secures its diplomatic missions around the world. We should not be out-sourcing the security of our missions in places where there is increased risk.

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