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State of the Union: Government Spending Needs Effective Watchdogs


The first year of the Obama administration has resulted in significant strides to improve ethics and openness in the federal government, but the President will only leave a legacy of real change in Washington if he makes the government accountable to taxpayers by strengthening effective oversight, said the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in a letter to the President. POGO's letter urges the President to implement effective whistleblower protections, strong and independent auditing, unconflicted regulation, public accountability, and fixing the broken federal contracting system in order to create a more accountable federal government.

"Now more than ever, taxpayers want accountability. Taxpayers are worried that the government isn't spending their money sensibly," said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian. "Much of the government's wasteful spending would have been prevented with more effective oversight, and future spending must include these tools to prevent fraud and abuse."

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more effective, accountable, open and honest federal government.