Last week, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO for short) released a set of government reform recommendations. POGO is a non-profit committed to improving government accountability by exposing corruption and official misconduct. So naturally, its recommendations focus on creating more government openness, especially in its contracting operations. These include:
• Place online all new government information that is not exempted by law (for example, for privacy or security purposes).
• Reducing the use of “classified” designations.
• Publish online all new and existing contract and grant awards above $100,000.
• Act on the congressionally mandated database of information on the integrity and performance of contractors.
• Reinvigorate the independence of Inspectors General to seek out waste, fraud, and abuse.
Refreshingly, POGO also offers a series of recommendations around improved government effectiveness, including:
• Review each agency to determine their effectiveness and offer recommended improvements – or elimination.
• Prevent problematic outsourcing of work that is inherently governmental.
• Make civil service pay competitive with the private sector.
According to Government Executive’s Robert Brodsky, in “Watchdog Unveils Government Reform Priorities for Next Administration,” POGO executive director Danielle Brian said: “I sense we are going to have a giant culture change, no matter who wins, in the direction of these kinds of reforms.”