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NQR’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle Welcomes POGO’s Michael Smallberg

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 14, 2010 6:07 PM |

UPDATE: This episode of NQR’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle has concluded. You can listen to a recording of the episode in its entirety by clicking the play button on the audio player provided below. Once the audio begins, you can advance or rewind to any portion of the episode by clicking at any point along the play bar.


Where can we find people who will pursue the truth, transparency and integrity our country so badly needs and for which our citizens are screaming? All too often our political leaders in Washington charged with pursuing these goals and protecting our interests are uninformed, misinformed, or a combination of the two.

The dollars paid by lobbyists serve to stifle these pursuits. The media is often beholden to industry more than to the American public.

Where can one go to find a determined pursuit of these aformentioned virtues? You have come to the right place as tonight at 8pm NQR’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle Welcomes Michael Smallberg from the Project on Government Oversight. What do we know about POGO?

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. Founded in 1981, POGO (which was then known as Project on Military Procurement) originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $436 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, including a Pentagon spending freeze at the height of the Cold War, POGO decided to expand its mandate and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.

Throughout its history, POGO’s work has been applauded by Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, federal workers and whistleblowers, other nonprofits, and the media.

Specifically in regard to Michael Smallberg, we learn:

As an investigator, Mr. Smallberg is currently examining the government’s bailout programs, with a focus on excessive secrecy, a lack of accountability for the firms receiving government assistance, and conflicts of interest among bailout contractors. He is also investigating the government’s financial regulatory system and formulating recommendations that would make regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission more independent and accountable. Last year, he was the major contributor to a report that highlighted POGO’s top five recommendations for quickly increasing federal revenue and cutting costs, which would generate over $100 billion in revenue and savings for the government.

Mr. Smallberg has worked with the national media, including theThe New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNN.

To say that I am looking forward to speaking with Michael Smallberg and bringing the work of POGO to Sense on Cents would be a gross understatement.

You will not want to miss this interview.


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