Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

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.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Activist Court Decision Strips Civil Service Rights and Whistleblower Protections From National Security Positions
A devastating court decision Tuesday stripped federal employees of their right to appeal a personnel action—even if it is discriminatory or in retaliation for whistleblowing. This deeply flawed, activist decision arms agencies with sweeping power not granted by the president or Congress, leaving untold numbers of federal workers with no right to challenge discrimination or retaliation for whistleblowing.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Bill to Expand Protections for Whistleblowers and Taxpayers Passes the Senate by Unanimous Consent
In an unusual display of unanimity, yesterday the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011 (WPEA), S. 743, a landmark bill that would expand protections for federal employees who disclose wrongdoing and protect the public trust.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Watchdog Groups Identify Nearly $700 Billion in Wasteful Spending on National Security
The federal government could reduce the deficit by $688 billion over the next 10 years by cutting unneeded weapons—such as variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship—reining in out-of-control service contracts and slowing its investments in excess nuclear weapons, according to a report released today by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and Taxpayers for Common Sense.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Leaked Defense Memo Criticizes the Department of Energy’s Push to Expand Nuclear Weapons Laboratories
The Department of Energy’s network of privately-operated nuclear weapons laboratories are riddled with waste, redundancies and lackluster scientific standards, according to a leaked Department of Defense memo obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
POGO Launches Inspector General Vacancy Tracker: “Where Are All the Watchdogs?”
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) launched a new web page today that tracks how long vacancies have been left open across the federal Inspector General (IG) system.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
FDA Advisors who Endorsed Contraceptive had Industry Ties
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should disregard a joint advisory committee’s support of a controversial birth control pill because four members of the panel had ties to either the contraceptive maker or the maker of a generic version, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) said Wednesday in a letter to the FDA .
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Is the U.S. State Department up to the Post-War Challenges in Iraq?
With the nation’s attention focused on today’s end of the war in Iraq, it’s easy to overlook the unprecedented challenge ahead for the U.S. Department of State. Although the troops are on their way home, the U.S. is planning to maintain a sizeable footprint in Iraq. The presence will reportedly include four major diplomatic centers and some 15,000 personnel. It’s expected to cost about $3.8 billion for the first year alone.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Contractor Whistleblowers Need Legislative Protections, POGO Tells Senate Panel
Whistleblowers who work for federal contractors, grantees, and other recipients of federal funds play an essential role in exposing waste, fraud, and abuse—but they need better legislative protection, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) told a congressional panel today.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Federal Government’s Largest FY2010 Contractors Paid Billions in Fines, Penalties
The federal government’s largest contractors have paid more than $25.3 billon in fines and penalties for everything from price-gouging to bribing foreign governments, according to the Project On Government Oversight’s (POGO) Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) and its new ranking of the top 100 federal contractors, which was released today.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
U.S. Military’s Inflated Brass is Burden on Taxpayers, POGO Tells Senate Panel
The U.S. military has grown top-heavy in recent years with more generals and admirals doing work that could be performed by lower ranking officers than at any point since the Cold War ended, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) tolda Senate panel today .
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