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WasteWatcher is CAGW's monthly dispatch to members of the news media. Culled from dense General Accounting Office reports, obscure news items, and the occasional account of a whistleblower, WasteWatcher's stories captured headlines by transforming the dry matter of federal financial management into side-splitting -- albeit infuriating -- tales of government ineptitude.

The North Carolina Winston-Salem Journal said of WasteWatcher that it is "a monthly publication that probably deserves wider dissemination than it gets...even heavily discounted to allow for the ax CAGW is grinding, the news from its reports is high in shock value and humor (of the gallows variety)."

ISPs Are Not Common Carriers

By Deborah Collier
WasteWatcher, September 2014

Since the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision in Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission on January 14, 2014, there has been a big push to reclassify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service.  Unfortunately, many who have been raising this call don’t... more

The Medical Device Tax: A Vise On Innovation

By Elizabeth Wright
Wastewatcher, September 2014

Since the day of its passage in 2010, millions of Americans and hundreds of members of Congress have called for the repeal of the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare... more

Schoolhouse Crock

By William M. Christian
WasteWatcher, September 2014

On September 7, 2014, ABC television asked viewers to rank the best songs from the bygone “Schoolhouse Rock” series of educational vignettes.  At first, this might sound like a fun diversion from daily... more

A Promising Proposal to Reduce Waste in Medicare

By P.J. Austin
Wastewatcher, September 2014

Now that members of Congress have returned from the August recess, they have several big-ticket items to accomplish before the legislative year comes to an end in December.  One non-controversial item that could be taken up is the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act, which aims to reduce waste and fraud in Medicare. ... more

Rocket Monopoly

By Sean Kennedy
Wastewatcher, September 2014

In the private sector, monopolies can charge consumers as much as they like due to a lack of competition.  When the government creates a monopoly through the use of a sole source contract, the taxpayers get stuck with the tab.

In December 2013, the U.S. Air Force finalized a five-year, $11 billion... more

The Secret’s Out about Plain Packaging

By Alexandra Booze and Deb Collier
WasteWatcher, September 2014

Award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle wrote in her 1968 novel, "The Young Unicorns,” that “[t]o take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a... more

Bringing Home the Davis-Bacon

By William M. Christian
WasteWatcher, August 2014

                  “Bringing home the bacon” describes earning money for a job performed (i.e., providing the means to purchase basic sustenance).  Therefore, it... more

Irregular Order Comes Back

By P.J. Austin
WasteWatcher, August 2014

When Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, it established a topline discretionary spending budget, formally known as the 302(a) allocation, for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015.  Although there were several negative aspects of the budget... more

The Name Game

By Elizabeth Wright
Wastwatcher, August 2014

Biologics are, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical products “made from a variety of natural sources (human, animal or microorganism).  Like drugs, some biologics are intended to treat diseases and medical conditions.  Other... more

State Labeling Would Be a Logistical Calamity

By Anderson Haxton ​
​Wastewatcher, August 2014

For the past several years, activist groups such as Food Democracy Now! and Just Label It! have been pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). ... more


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CAGW Names Rep. Anna Eshoo August Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communication