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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)."

Congress’s Claim to be a Small Business Brings on an Ethics Complaint

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, July 2015

According to the Small Business Act of 1958, “a small-business concern … shall be deemed to be one that is … independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation.”  Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Chapter 1, Section 121.105, “a business concern eligible for assistance from SBA as... more

Big Government Threatens Internet Independence

By Deborah Collier
WasteWatcher, July 2015

Americans will celebrate their freedom from tyranny on July 4.  Unfortunately, these freedoms are rapidly eroding due to an increasing amount of government regulation and intervention into everyone’s daily lives. 

The most recent example of onerous and oppressive overreach occurred when the Federal Communications... more

Passage of TPA is a Win for All

By P.J. Austin

WasteWatcher, July 2015

On June 24, 2015, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 60-38 in favor of H.R. 2146, which contained the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).  After President... more

Blundering TSA Needs a Mid-Course Correction

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, July 2015

In this post-9/11 world, Americans would not argue that the government should do everything possible to protect them from harm.  However, an agency tasked with that mission has tallied a frightening number of failures in nearly every area of its mandate and is in need of more significant reform.

The Transportation Security... more

Signal Lost and $430 Million Wasted

By: Jessica Chesloski

WasteWatcher, July 2015

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission identified the need for an interoperable communication network among the nation’s first responders.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was tasked with creating a common channel that different types of first responders could access.  After more... more

Taxing the Digital Age

WasteWatcher, June 2015

By Deborah Collier

Imagine someone sitting at the airport terminal in Seattle, Washington, waiting for a flight home to Ohio.  Boredom has set in, as she waits for her flight to board, and she wants something to do.  So she scans through the app store on her mobile device, finds a game that happens to be located on a server in Utah and purchases it.  When... more

Up, Up and Away

WasteWatcher, June 2015


By Elizabeth Wright


During both of his two campaigns and the 2009 debate over healthcare reform, President Obama often stated that his plan would cut the average premium of a typical family by $2... more

Tossing a Broken Lifeline to Subsidize Broadband

WasteWatcher, June 2015


By Deborah Collier


In 2014, approximately $8.5 billion was collected in Universal Service Fund (USF) fees from consumers as a tax on their communications services.  The four main USF programs are the Low-Income support services, which includes the Lifeline and Link-Up programs; the High-Cost... more

Acquisition Reform Proposal Makes Waves

WasteWatcher, June 2015

By Sean Kennedy

Acquisition horror stories are nothing new at the Department of Defense (DOD).  The three most costly recent mishaps include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is approximately $170 billion over budget and has encountered numerous problems with... more

Floundering USPS Needs Reform, Not Expansion

WasteWatcher, June 2015

By Curtis Kalin

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a government entity and has operated as such since 1775. It has a straightforward mandate:  “To provide postal services to bind the Nation together.”  And furthermore, “It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient... more

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