Nick Schwellenbach rejoined POGO as director of investigations in February 2017. Previously, he was the communications director at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He was POGO’s director of investigations from 2010 to 2012 and was an investigator from 2004 through 2008. He also was a senior fiscal policy analyst with the Center for Effective Government and a staff writer with the Center for Public Integrity. Mr. Schwellenbach received his B.A. in history from the University of Texas-Austin and his M.A. in journalism from American University.
Nick’s work for POGO on excessive secrecy covering up serious misconduct by Justice Department attorneys won the Society of Professional Journalists-D.C. Chapter’s Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award in 2015, its highest prize. He has led investigations into revolving door at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), labor trafficking by the U.S. military’s subcontractors in Iraq, whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Homeland Security, mismanagement of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, and many other topics.