Databases

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database

The government awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct such as contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations. The federal government's contractor and grantee responsibility database, the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), is user-unfriendly and limited in the types of cases that it contains. In the absence of a comprehensive centralized federal database listing instances of contractor misconduct, POGO provides a contractor misconduct database. Compiling such data results in better decisions about spending nearly $500 billion on goods and services each year, and protects taxpayers from fraudulent or otherwise risky contractors. 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. Congress and the public rely on OIG reports to hold agencies and individuals accountable for wrongdoing, identify a need for legislation, and evaluate the effectiveness of government programs and policies. Unfortunately, many OIGs across the government do not have permanent leadership. POGO’s “Where Are All the Watchdogs?” page tracks how long Inspector General positions across the government have been vacant. 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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