We realized fairly quickly that waste, fraud, corruption, and abuse of power wasn’t limited to the Pentagon but was a widespread problem across the federal government. So we decided to expand our mission, and have been keeping a watchful eye over the entire federal government for 29 years.
Throughout that time, POGO’s work has been applauded by Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, federal workers and whistleblowers, other nonprofits, and the media, and we’ve continued to grow and add to our programs and staff in order to be even more effective.
Congressional Oversight Initiative
In 2006, we launched the Congressional Oversight Initiative (COI) when we realized Congress needed help to become more effective at conducting oversight of the executive branch and to exercise its role in our democracy’s system of checks and balances.
This initiative’s goal isn’t to point fingers when Members of Congress fail to do their part, but to help provide resources, knowledge, and skills that congressional staff need to do their job more effectively.
Center for Defense Information
In 2012 we added the Center for Defense Information (CDI) to our ranks. We are still raising concerns about wasteful Pentagon spending programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but are also now focusing on creating a more effective national security policy that protects our country and the service members fighting for it rather than one that lines the pockets of defense contractors.
In 2016 the Center for Effective Government (formerly known as OMB Watch) merged with POGO, bringing its expertise in regulatory policy and federal government processes. This expertise bolstered POGO’s role in fighting for a federal government that is transparent and accountable to the American people, not just to the politically powerful industry and other special interest lobbyists and donors.
The Constitution Project
In 2017, The Constitution Project (TCP) joined POGO, bringing a whole new range of expertise to the organization. The team seeks to safeguard our constitutional rights when the government exercises power in the name of national security and domestic policing, including ensuring our institutions serve as a check on that power.