The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) outlined 13 congressional priorities that would make the federal government more transparent, accountable and ethical in a new report.
POGO’s 2015 “Baker’s Dozen” includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight, according to the Feb. 11 report.
Near the top of the group’s list is a call to make agency inspectors general more independent and accountable. POGO asks Congress to use legislation to clarify IG authorities and access to agency records, quickly fill IG vacancies and require more thorough responses from agencies on reports. The organization also calls out the Justice Department in particular, asking that the DOJ IG be given more authority to investigate misconduct by DOJ attorneys.