Federal Contractor Misconduct Database

The government awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct such as contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations.  In the absence of a centralized federal database listing instances of misconduct, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is providing such data.  We believe that it will lead to improved contracting decisions and public access to information about how the government spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer money each year on goods and services. Access the database here.


SEC Revolving Door Database

POGO’s SEC Revolving Door Database is based on post-employment disclosure statements filed by former SEC employees. SEC regulations require former employees to file these statements if they intend to represent an employer or client before the agency within two years of their SEC employment. The database covers statements filed between 2001 and 2010. Each entry in the database represents one disclosure statement. Some former employees have multiple entries. Access the database here.


Where Are All The Watchdogs? Database

Offices of Inspectors General (OIG) serve as independent watchdogs within federal agencies and are essential to a well-functioning federal government. They conduct audits and investigations that identify wasteful government practices, fraud by individuals and government contractors, and other sorts of government misconduct, even including torture. See the whole database.


Foreign Influence Database

POGO's Foreign Influence Database is based on propaganda filed by lobbying and public relations firms working on behalf of foreign governments in the U.S. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires advocates representing foreign governments to register with the Department of Justice and to file within 48 hours any informational materials disseminated to two or more individuals. This database is comprised of informational materials filed between 2009 and 2012. 

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