iOS app Android app

Project on Government Oversight

Government Demands Whistleblower Organization's Encrypted Files

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities. The VA is part of the federal government. POGO is a private non-profit group.

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

GOP Rep: CIA Was 'Very Sloppy' With Bin Laden Film

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Several weeks after overseeing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the raid c...

Hagel: A Secretary of Defense Reforms?

Ben Freeman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Chuck Hagel came out swinging Wednesday in his first major address as Secretary of Defense, putting the bloated Pentagon on notice.

Eleazar David Melendez

Revolving Door Bonuses Could See Legal Challenge From Public Interest Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.22.2013 | Business

On the heels of disclosures that major financial institutions maintain policies to pay special bonuses to executives who leave for high-level governme...

POGO Sticks It to the SEC

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Join us for our latest episode of "As the Door Revolves," in which the door spins even faster between the SEC and big business. It's called "regulatory capture" -- the takeover of government agencies by the very corporations they're supposed to keep an eye on.

Zach Carter

Former Government Regulators Help Keep Banks Too Big To Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The steady flow of officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission into top corporate jobs feeds a regulatory culture of weak law ...

Justice Department Won't Retry Watchdog Whistle-Blower Case

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department said Thursday it will not try again to sue a watchdog group that shared money from a whistleblower settlement wit...

Can Congress Come Out and Play?

Michael Winship | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

Members hustled back to the capital all right, not to get much accomplished for the good of the nation but to party down at events designed to scrape every last nickel of campaign contributions from the jam pots of cash held by K Street lobbyists and special interests.

Spending Billions on B-61 Nuclear Bomb Upgrades Doesn't Make Sense

Mia Steinle | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Mia Steinle

The B-61 refurbishment could end up being a colossal waste of money, and it shouldn't fall squarely on the shoulders of U.S. taxpayers.

Off Course: Did Navy Underplay Steering Problem Before Awarding Ship Contract?

Ben Freeman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

In late 2010, the future of one of the U.S. Navy's prized new weapons systems hung in the balance.

Right, Left and Middle Agree: Reshaping the Pentagon Budget Won't Hurt the Economy

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

A recent study from the the CATO Institute reaffirms what we've been saying all along: Cutting Pentagon spending will not cause the economic nightmare or job loss catastrophe the defense industry wants us to fear.

Mission Impossible? Not for 82-year-old Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

When a nuclear weapons facility can't stop infiltration by an octogenarian nun, it's time to reassess its security standards.

Lynne Peeples

Watchdog Groups Slam Military's Ongoing 'Secrecy' Over Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

Government watchdogs are crying "bullshit" and calling the U.S. Navy a "bully" in response to a redacted federal report on the drinking water supply a...

Bringing It All Back Home: An Example of How Open Government Tools Can Affect Everyday People and Public Policy

Danielle Brian | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Access to information is what allows us to ensure the government is doing its job protecting public health and safety -- from our drinking water to our investments.

On 9/21/11 (UN Day of Peace): How Peaceful Is the World?

Michael Shank | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Michael Shank

That the economics of peace have had such a hard time prevailing in policy conversations is, in part, because the dominant language, lobbies, and learning environments are all geared toward the mechanics of war.

Lockheed Martin's CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.

Panetta Starts Singing Contractors' Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Panetta and his counterparts in the war industry can play Chicken Little all they want about war budget spending cuts, but they can't change the simple fact that military spending is terrible at creating jobs.

The War Industry: Bad Job Creators, Bad Bosses, Bad Stewards of Tax Dollars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

As budget cuts come to the fore, military contractors will undoubtedly try to obscure the fact that every $1 billion of military spending costs anywhere between 3,200 and 11,700 jobs or more when compared to other ways of spending the money.

Paul Blumenthal

Should Super Congress Be Super Transparent?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt re...

Whistleblowing Laws and Culture Need to Change to Save Taxpayer Dollars

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Calling out waste, fraud and abuse should be seen as a positive act that strengthens government. Unfortunately, in the current climate, whistleblowers are seen as insubordinates for calling attention to failure.

In Wake Of Madoff Scandal, SEC Proposes Closer Watch of Securities Brokers

Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Sarah N. Lynch) - Securities brokers would be more closely scrutinized by auditors and be subject to stricter oversight of their handl...

Whistleblowers: "Rescind Obama's 'Transparency Award' Now!"

Coleen Rowley | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Over 20 noted whistleblowers have just released a petition calling for rescinding a "Transparency Award" President Obama recently received.

'SEC's Revolving Door Seems To Be More Active Than Ever"

Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Tim Reid) - At least 219 former officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission have left since 2006 to help clients with business...

O'Keefe vs. NPR: Round One Goes to the Kid

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Palmer

A video filmed by right-wing activists that apparently shows NPR's chief fundraiser disparaging conservatives was just the latest in a series of dishonestly edited 'stings' by muckraker James O'Keefe.