POGO unveils 'revolving door' tracker

November 5, 2018 at 1:59 PM

The Project on Government Oversight today unveiled a "revolving door" tracker, documenting cases in which government officials went to work for companies they previously oversaw or regulated.

The database includes more than 380 high-ranking Pentagon officials and military officers hired by the private sector within two years of their departure, according to POGO.

"POGO's report found that as of 2018, fiscal year 2016's top 20 defense contractors had hired at least 645 former senior government officials, military officers, members of Congress, and senior legislative staff," the organization said in a release. "Nearly 90 percent of those former federal employees now work as lobbyists, where the operational skill is influence-peddling."

One-quarter -- or 95 -- of the tracked officials ended up at one of the Pentagon's top five contractors: Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman or Raytheon.