As the third session of POGO’s Congressional Oversight Training Series comes to a close, POGO will be presenting Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) with its Good Government Award. Both Representatives are being recognized for their important contributions to government oversight and transparency and their dedication to making government more accountable, open, and ethical.
Long before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, both
Representatives were conducting rigorous oversight of the Minerals Management
Service (MMS) and identifying those technical and cultural weaknesses at the
agency that contributed to the
As early as 1997, Representative Maloney spearheaded investigations into and oversight of MMS’s royalty collection programs, she was instrumental in defeating MMS’s corrupt and mismanaged royalty-in-kind program, and she continues to fight for more openness and oversight in the oil and gas industry.
Representative Maloney has also been a powerful force for enhancing accountability and oversight across the federal government. She cosponsored the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009, which expands legal protections for people who find the courage to speak out against corruption or fraud in their work environment. Her dedication to tracking contractor misconduct also led to the creation of a centralized contractor misconduct database similar to POGO’s database in 2008.
Representative Issa is also a cofounder of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, a caucus which aims to promote government transparency through education, legislation, and oversight. If successful, this caucus will bring badly needed self-oversight that has long been lacking in Congress and the Executive Branch.
POGO is proud to bestow the Good Government Award on both of these reform champions. Both their stories demonstrate that members of Congress don’t need to chair committees to formidable watchdogs for taxpayers, and that oversight is not a political issue but a moral issue that people on both sides of the aisle can get behind and support.