The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing.
We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles.
POGO strives above all to be fair in our investigations and reporting. We are diligent in our research. And we give credit where credit is due—to members of both parties—when good things happen.
POGO will never allow the pillars of our democracy to be threatened. For more than three decades, we’ve questioned any ties to public officials that suggest conflicts of interest, corruption, or general wrongdoing. We fight back against attacks to government accountability, ethics, or transparency.
Founded in 1981, POGO originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $435 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, including a Pentagon spending freeze at the height of the Cold War, POGO decided to expand its mandate and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
Throughout its history, 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.