Scott Amey, J.D.

General Counsel

Areas of Expertise

Contract oversight, the revolving door, conflicts of interest, transparency

Scott Amey is POGO’s general counsel. In addition to working on organizational legal demands, he participates in contract oversight investigations, including conducting reviews of federal spending on products and services, the responsibility of federal contractors, and conflicts-of-interest and ethics concerns.

He has spent years testifying before Congress and federal agency panels, submitting public comments on proposed regulations, educating the public by working with the media, and publishing reports, analyses, and commentary on federal acquisition, ethics, and open government issues.

Scott worked at POGO in the mid-1990s as one of the organization’s most prolific investigators. He left the organization in 1998 to attend law school, after which he clerked for the Honorable James A. Kenney III at the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, Scott rejoined the POGO staff.

He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2001, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. Scott is licensed to practice law in Maryland.


Scott has appeared on CNN, NBC, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, ProPublica, Washington Examiner, and USA Today, among many other outlets, and often provides background information and investigative leads to the media.

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