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Danielle Brian

POGO
Executive Director
Danielle Brian is the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Under her leadership, the organization has grown from two employees and a budget in the thousands of dollars in 1993 to an organization with forty staff and a budget of six million. POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical federal government. Ms. Brian and her staff frequently testify before Congress, and have done so eighteen times since 2015.
In the past decade, POGO’s work has resulted in:
  • the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Freedom of Information Reform Act, and the Inspectors General Enhancement Act;
  • exposing and removing of conflicts of interest at the Securities Exchange Commission, the Department of Interior and the FDA;
  • saving the Office of Congressional Ethics and preventing the gutting of the Congressional Budget Office; and
  • training over 1,500 Congressional staff on how to effectively use their oversight powers.
POGO’s investigative work under her stewardship has received journalism awards such as the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Journalism Award, the Dateline Award, and others. POGO has received the highest reviews for organizational and financial performance from the three largest charity evaluators in the country: Charity Navigator, Better Business Bureau, and Greatnonprofits.org.
Ms. Brian is a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, has been ranked three times by Ethisphere magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in business ethics, and received the Smith College Medal. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College, and her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.