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Project on Government Oversight




POGO Delivers A Dozen Good Government Fixes to Congress

February 16, 2010 


Tomorrow morning, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) will deliver to Congress a list of twelve actions that provide an opportunity for Congress and the President to work together in a nonpartisan fashion to not only prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, but also save taxpayers billions of dollars. For example, POGO asked that Congress act to increase independence for federal auditors by creating an independent federal contract audit agency, and provide rigorous oversight to ensure that agency heads allow auditors to operate independently. Congress should also pass legislation to make publicly accessible the databases being created to track past instances of misconduct by federal government contractors and to track the revolving door between the Pentagon and industry.

“Swift implementation of these nonpartisan fixes will reap benefits for taxpayers long past the election cycle, and provide a substantive response to taxpayers’ concerns that the government does not spend their money sensibly,” said Danielle Brian, Executive Director, POGO.

POGO submitted a similar list to Congress in 2007, and is pleased to report that Congress made progress addressing several of the issues we raised. But Congress has not adequately addressed many of the other important issues we raised, and because of such emergent problems as the financial crisis and the H1NI scare, additional issues have arisen that demand Congress’s immediate attention. Despite the tireless efforts of a bipartisan group of Members, Congress has not passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. Nor has Congress reoriented its defense spending priorities to reflect the needs of the troops and the national security mission rather than those of defense contractors.

All of the nonpartisan fixes proposed by POGO increase transparency for taxpayers; provide for stronger oversight; and call for a closer examination of the government’s programs effectiveness and efficiencies. 

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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