A list of the 13 scariest things POGO has shed light on and is working to change.
A Customs and Border Protection Officer who tried to report concerns of racial profiling and Fourth Amendment violations faced resistance and punishment from supervisors.
Legislation was introduced that will improve accountability in a Department of Defense program that transfers surplus military equipment to civil law enforcement agencies.
A new report from a federal watchdog calls on the government to require hospitals to provide more detailed reporting on medical device problems to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Better reporting could help the government identify malfunctioning devices more quickly to save lives and help affected patients get more timely follow-up care, as well as to reduce both out-of-pocket costs to patients and Medicare spending.
An appeals court has ruled that the government cannot use a major set of safety and environmental regulations to prosecute offshore drilling contractors.
Political scientist Paul Light issued an updated headcount of the federal workforce. Of Uncle Sam’s 9.1 million employees, Light estimates more than 40 percent are contract workers.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents may be putting immigrant detainees with mental illnesses at risk of harm by not reporting when they place these detainees in solitary confinement.
Today, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) launched Oversight.gov, a database of Inspectors General reports. This database consolidates over 5,800 reports from over 60 federal watchdogs in one place.
FBI whistleblowers are vulnerable because of the agency’s insufficient whistleblower protections, and Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy are urging the Justice Department to enhance regulations protecting those whistleblowers.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently signaled a growing concern “about the level of protection afforded to whistleblowers within the IC and the level of insight congressional committees have into their disclosures.”
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) urging it to require agencies to issue more comprehensive ethics agreements. This follows a push for more proactive disclosure of ethics waivers.
As Congress contemplates funding billions of dollars in disaster aid, it should ensure the money is overseen adequately.
The federal government’s largest contractors have paid a collective total of $2.7 billion in penalties since the 1990s for a wide variety of labor violations, which you can read about in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.
Even with a new chairman, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a key government watchdog, won’t be able to return to full strength without a quorum of at least three members.
The Trump administration is jettisoning important accountability measures along with the ban on giving certain military equipment to local police forces.
Even the revised version of a Department of Justice warrant seeking information about an anti-Trump organizing site raises serious constitutional concerns.
A new Republican bill loosens President Trump’s requirement for a border wall, but contains disturbing implications for government contracting and corporate handouts.
Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.
TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.
A joint op-ed in The Hill Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Laws by the Project On Government Oversight and the Brennan Center calls on Congress to investigate concurrently with the Department of Justice.