Project on Government Oversight

For Support Of The Congressional Oversight Training Series

  • Amount
    $100,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    2/5/2014
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), founded in 1981, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports a range of good government reforms. This project grant will enable POGO to continue its well-regarded Congressional Oversight Training program for congressional staff from both parties through the first half of 2014. At the same time, it will enable POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian and her colleagues to undertake a systematic review of the program, including identifying what is working well and what could be improved from an impact perspective, and potential partners in Congress and the advocacy community to work with, in order to develop a plan for a revitalized program over the subsequent two years.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.pogo.org 
Address
1100 G Street NW Suite # 500, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Project on Government Oversight is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and instances when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. It champions reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. The organization’s general operating functions include its bipartisan Congressional Oversight Initiative and work to improve oversight of executive agencies, the judiciary, and Congress. Improving oversight capacity of the legislative branch will help deter overreach by the executive.
for general operating support  
The Project on Government Oversight is a long-standing general operating support grantee of the Madison Initiative. It works in a bipartisan manner on oversight and accountability within Congress and the executive branch. The merger of The Constitution Project into the Project on Government Oversight will create new opportunities, which this supplemental grant will help the organization address.
for support of the Truth in Public Comments project  
The Program on Government Oversight (POGO) and Startup Policy Lab (SPL) will launch the Truth in Public Comment (TiPC) Project to examine possible cyber manipulation of public comment processes at three federal agencies.The inability to detect the use of bots and cyber-attacks threatens the public comment process and Congressional oversight of federal programs. Policymakers may reach inaccurate conclusions about public opinion or discount public comments because of uncertainty over authenticity of submissions; and, citizens may cease to participate in the rule-making process because of lost trust.TiPC develops tools to detect fraudulent comments more systematically, while still encouraging citizens to submit public comments.

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