A Tribute to Beth Daley

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Beth Daley
December 17, 1966 - August 22, 2010

Beth Daley died in her sleep on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Beth is survived by her seven-and-a-half year old twin girls Ginger and Traci, of whom she was so proud, her husband Steve Holmer, mother and father Steve and Georganna Daley, sister and brother-in-law Gwen Daley and Brett Best, mother-in-law Terry Holmer, and sisters-in-law Chris Cofield and Kathy Holmer, and a loving extended family and friends.

For ten years, Beth played a vital role at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), a government watchdog organization. Beth was POGO's first Director of Development and Director of Communication, helping to build a small non-profit into the institution it is today. She completed her career as the Director of Investigations. Everything that went out the door had her imprint.

“Beth’s death is a crushing loss for the POGO family," said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian. "Both as a colleague and as a friend, Beth’s fierce passion for POGO’s work inspired all of us to demand more from ourselves. The good government community has lost a star, but her voice will still echo down our halls, her exacting eye will be peering over our shoulders, and her expectations of excellence will propel us to try just a little bit harder.”

One of the highlights of her career with POGO was her work to expose the oil industry's underpayment of oil royalties from federal and Indian lands. That work resulted in nearly half a billion dollars being returned to the Treasury, legislation requiring more honest reporting by the oil and gas industry, and exposing the corruption now widely recognized in the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service. She also sought to improve nuclear security by exposing ineffective contractors, exposing the fact that U.S. nuclear weapons labs failed 50% of their security tests, and revealing the conflict of interest inherent in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s use of the same private security contractor to both test and secure commercial nuclear power plants.

In addition to her passion for her investigations, Beth loved advising and advocating for whistleblowers speaking out against waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. She testified in support of protections for national security whistleblowers—legislation providing such protections is finally pending before Congress.

Even though Beth hasn't been able to physically be in the office for the past couple of years, her expectations of excellence permeate our space; we always check ourselves by asking, "Ok, would Beth be satisfied with this?"

Beth's soul will always be central to POGO. If you have any memories or stories about Beth that you would like to share, we would invite you to visit our Watercooler and leave a comment on this post. You can also find photos of Beth and her friends and colleagues here.

A celebration of Beth’s life will take place on Saturday, September 4th at 122 Maryland Ave NE, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions to honor Beth's life and work be made to the Project On Government Oversight. 

If you would like to send a check, **please make the check payable to POGO** and send it here:

Beth Daley Memorial Impact Fund
c/o Project On Government Oversight
1100 G St. NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

Follow this link if you would like to make an online contribution to the Beth Daley Memorial Impact Fund.

Contributions to the Beth Daley Memorial Impact Fund are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.