POGO (Project On Government Oversight)

Re:  Misconduct Database, MRAPS, and Helicopters

Dear ****************

I wanted to share with you just a few of POGO’s accomplishments from this week. 

Our General Counsel, Scott Amey, appeared before Congress yesterday to testify on federal contracting reform.  In his testimony, Scott offered his analysis on several bills, including one that would replicate POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.  POGO’s recommendations, if enacted, would add much-needed competition, oversight and transparency to the federal contracting system.         

Click here to read Scott’s testimony before the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement.

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators wrote to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates calling for an investigation into the failures of the Pentagon’s rapid acquisition system, which caused significant delays in the procurement of armored vehicles requested by Marines in Iraq.  POGO and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) also wrote a letter to the the Senate Armed Services Committee, urging the Committee to hold hearings on this issue, and recommending that the Marine Corps be held accountable for retaliating against science adviser Franz Gayl.

As you may recall, POGO made publicly available for the first time last week an internal study, conducted by Gayl, showing that the Marine Corps “grossly mismanaged” Marines’ requests for armored vehicles, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of U.S. servicemen and women.

Click here to read the letter from the bipartisan group of senators to Secretary of Defense Gates.

Click here to read the letter from POGO and GAP to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

POGO’s recent investigative report on the Air Force’s combat search and rescue helicopter replacement program (dubbed CSAR-X) has also generated a lot of attention this week.  In the report, POGO revealed that Air Force officials weakened an essential weapons system requirement on the $15 billion contract.  This week, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General announced it will be conducting an audit to determine if these officials broke the Pentagon’s rules when they changed the requirement.  Although the Air Force has been attempting to discredit POGO’s report in public, Kenneth Miller–an Air Force official responsible for acquisition governance and transparency–recently conceded to Congress that there was “insufficient tracking and documentation” of the requirement change.

Click here to read POGO’s blog post on the Pentagon IG’s investigation.

Click here to read POGO’s blog post on a letter to Kenneth Miller from Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, discussing issues raised in POGO’s CSAR-X report.

   

Sincerely,

Danielle Brian

Executive Director

Project On Government Oversight

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