WHY WE INVESTED
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) works to strengthen the levers of accountability within government by teaching congressional staff to conduct meaningful oversight, advocating for reforms to inspector general systems and stronger whistleblower protections, and promoting the importance of an independent judiciary.
When researching potential misconduct within the federal government, POGO’s investigators and journalists take leads and information from insiders and verify the information through investigations using the Freedom of Information Act, interviews, and other fact-finding strategies. POGO disseminates its findings to the media, Congress, and public interest groups through alerts, statements, studies, testimony, and in-depth reports.
Democracy Fund believes that an open and transparent government is key for a democratic society. Groups like POGO are critical to ensuring that decisions that impact Americans are not made in secret and that, when government wrongdoing occurs, Congress, advocacy groups, and the public have the information they need to hold those responsible to account.
Previous grants by Democracy Fund included up to $2,000,000 from 2017 - 2019, and up to $275,000 from 2015 - 2017.