How to Contact Us Securely
Signal is a free, end-to-end encrypted messaging app for your phone that allows you to communicate directly with POGO. You can send text messages, images, and videos from your phone. It also allows you to talk securely with an investigator by contacting them via the Signal app. No metadata is retained by Signal, and it can be configured to delete messages automatically at designated intervals. Signal can be downloaded from your phone’s app store.
POGO’s Signal phone number: 1-202-656-9263
If you use PGP encryption, below is our fingerprint and link to our public key. Our investigators also have personal PGP keys on their staff pages. If you use our public key with a mail encryption plugin, for example Mailvelope or Enigmail, the contents of your message will be encrypted, but not the subject line or the name of the sender.
Fingerprint: D62F CFFB A855 C1CC 1419 E4D1 2F61 75E6 FF54 7E05
POGO's Public Key
SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that some organizations use to securely accept documents from and communicate with anonymous sources. SecureDrop submissions are entirely encrypted and do not include any identifying metadata. SecureDrop is one of the most secure ways you can contact us, but it is more difficult to monitor and maintain regular communications with.
If timely, constant contact is needed, consider using one of the other methods on this page. If anonymity and security are of the utmost importance, consider using SecureDrop. Learn how to use SecureDrop.
Please note: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, POGO investigators have limited access to the SecureDrop system. You may experience significant delays in response time if submitting a tip using this method.
You can also mail letters or packages to investigators at POGO. To maintain anonymity, it is recommended that you use a mailbox rather than going into a post office. Additionally, never use work computers or other equipment to copy, print, scan, or otherwise handle information before sending it to us. Do not send us original documents when possible. Aside from potentially being lost or destroyed in transit, we do not have the resources or the capacity to return all documents sent to us.
Mail us at:
Project On Government Oversight
1100 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Maximize Your Data Security
While e-mail (email@example.com) and postal mail are generally the most convenient ways to contact us, the Project On Government Oversight offers several options to more securely send information and documents to our investigators. It is important to note that no system is 100% secure, but these tools attempt to create a safer environment than that provided by normal communication channels. Please review the fine print before using any of these tools so that you can choose the best option for your communication needs. In addition to using these tools, we recommend that you:
- Never use work computers or equipment: Always use a secure computer to communicate with us—one that does not maintain monitoring software or malware that might be used to record your activities;
- Use secure operating systems you control: Use an operating system that helps preserve your privacy and anonymity, such as Tails;
- Cover your tracks: Delete communication histories stored on your computer, such as copies of messages or your codename assigned when using SecureDrop;
- Strip metadata: Run any files you send to us through a metadata removal tool to minimize the risk of unintentionally sending us information embedded in the documents, such as an author’s name.
Legal and Advocacy Resources
POGO does not provide legal representation. We do, however, maintain a list of legal and advocacy resources, including law firms and other organizations with experience in these matters that may be able to help you.