The Project On Government Oversight
), founded in 1981, is an independent non-profit organization
in the United States which investigates and seeks to expose corruption and other misconduct. POGO assists whistleblowers
and investigates federal agencies
, and government contractors. POGO is currently led by executive director Danielle Brian.
Scope and methods
POGO’s range of investigations includes national defense
and homeland security
; abuse in government contracting; excessive secrecy that fails to consider the public good
; and mismanagement of natural resources
by federal agencies. POGO uses investigative journalism
techniques to shed light on the government's activities, including working with whistleblowers
and anonymous sources and accessing information through the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA). POGO’s is often used by investigative journalists and others who are interested in contractor misconduct.
Corporate whistleblowers and government insiders bring POGO many of its investigative topics. POGO informs the public of its findings, mainly through reports that contain extensive documentation and recommendations for how to solve the problems identified. Once a report has been released, more insiders usually approach POGO to provide further documentation and information.
While working for the National Taxpayers Legal Fund, Dina Rasor led its investigation into the C-5A
transport aircraft. In February 1981 Rasor... Read More