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Homepage/search/subscribe: POGO is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government;

POGO’s investigations: The Project On Government Oversight is committed to exposing waste, fraud and corruption in the following areas: defense, homeland security, energy & natural resources, contract oversight, open government and scientific integrity investigations;

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About: The Project On Government Oversight follows a rich tradition of assuring that the government continues to work for the people it represents. Our nation was founded on the very principle that representation and accountability are fundamental to maintaining a strong and functioning democracy. Today, these principles espoused by our founding fathers are under attack as our federal government is more vulnerable than ever to the influence of money in politics and powerful special interests.

In the beginning, POGO (which was then known as Project on Military Procurement) worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending such as the $7,600 coffee maker and the $436 hammer. After many successes reforming the military, POGO expanded its mandate to investigate systemic waste, fraud, and abuse in all federal agencies.

Founder: Twenty years ago I started the Project On Government Oversight with just a borrowed phone and desk, motivated by the idea that our government should work for us, not for special interests. I had a great deal of help from honest people in government, like my mentor Ernie Fitzgerald, and government contractors who risked their careers to get out the storiesof fraud and waste. Now, I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of this vibrant organization. POGO has stayed lean and effective and continues to be a beacon for those inside the system who want to do the right thing but are unable to do it from within. Danielle Brian, POGO’s Executive Director, has kept the spirit of the organization alive. POGO is still the “memo of last resort” to those who want our government to work well. (Dina Rasor – Founder and Board Member).

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