WasteWatcher

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)."

Waste Land

By Andrew Nehring

April 2016 WasteWatcher

In the land of the free, the federal government still controls more than 50 percent of all land west of Kansas.  The ongoing control of such a large part of the western states by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has been disastrous to the environment and the economy.  With record-setting wildfires... more

The Perilous Journey of the Lifeline Program

By Deborah Collier

April 2016 WasteWatcher

There are times when the proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are like watching The Perils of Pauline.  Such was the case on March 31, 2016, when efforts to reform and improve the Lifeline program in a... more

Lawyering Up Over Labels

By Elizabeth Wright

April 2016 WasteWatcher

On November 13, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule that would allow generic pharmaceutical firms to provide new safety information... more

Privacy’s Rookie Cop on the Beat

By Deborah Collier

April 2016 WasteWatcher

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval on February 26, 2015, of the Open Internet Order did more than just place the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. ... more

The Marlboro Man and the Blue Light

By Rachel Cole

April 2016 WasteWatcher

The vapor product known as electronic cigarettes, “e-cigs,” first appeared on the market in 2007.  Although the e-cig market is still smaller than traditional cigarettes, sales grew by 23... more

Sugar, ah, Funny Money!

By William M. Christian

April 2016 WasteWatcher

In a March 2013 post on Swineline, CAGW took its first crack at a parody of the 1969 bubblegum classic, “Sugar, Sugar.”  Today’s title riffs on the hit song’s first verse (Sugar, ah, honey, honey!), taking the jibe one step further.  Readers can... more

Inspectors General Under Threat

By Curtis Kalin

April 2016 Wastewatcher

One of the most effective tools for identifying and preventing waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government are the offices of Inspectors General (OIGs) at 72 federal departments and agencies.  Their stated goal is to “... more

Water Wars: The Man-Made Drought

By Andrew P. Nehring

WasteWatcher, March 2016

In the summer of 2002, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several other local environmental activist groups in California announced their radical agenda to combat the “drought” in California by removing 1.3 million acres of farmland from production in the San Joaquin Valley. The effort to remove such a vast amount of... more

Pushing Back on the Global Warming Hypothesis

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, March 2016

When it comes to global warming, President Obama has often said “the science is settled.”  If that is so then it does not make sense that 300 scientists, engineers, economists, and others sent a... more

How to Stop the Death Spiral in Puerto Rico

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, March 2016

In late June, 2015, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that the island could not meet its obligations to pay off $72 billion in the combined debt of the territorial government and municipalities.  In November 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department... more

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CAGW Names Sen. Brian Schatz April Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen.