The Project on Government Oversight, or POGO, is "a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms." Founded in 1981, POGO supports Congress, the executive branch, journalists, and others working for accountable and transparent government in the United States. This grant will support a revitalization of POGOs well-regarded bipartisan Congressional Oversight Training program, which educates congressional staff on how to help the members they are serving plan and carry out more effective oversight activities. POGO seeks to bolster this critical function of Congress, and in so doing redress the ideologically driven oversight that is both a symptom and increasingly a cause of political polarization.
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for general operating support
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes government waste, corruption,and abuse of power. It champions reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles.This grant will support POGO’s general operating functions which include its bipartisan Congressional Oversight Initiative. The Initiative educates congressional staff how to plan and carry out more effective oversight activities. POGO works not only to expose problems, but also to identify solutions and to see those reforms implemented.
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.