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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)."

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 $2,500 per year.  But not surprisingly, prices... 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 program; the E-Rate Library and Schools program; and the... 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

The TPA Debate: Fears & Facts about “Fast-Track”

WasteWatcher, June 2015

By Thomas A. Schatz & William M. Christian

When Chicken Little said “The sky is falling!” and convinced his barnyard brethren of the same, the facts notwithstanding, he practically invented fear-mongering.  Trade liberalization opponents are engaged in their own version of spreading false and misleading information by claiming that so-called “fast... more

The TPA Debate: Fears & Facts about “Fast-Track”

When Chicken Little said “The sky is falling!” and convinced his barnyard brethren of the same, the facts notwithstanding, he practically invented fear-mongering.  Trade liberalization opponents are engaged in their own version of spreading false and misleading information by claiming that so-called “fast track” legislation is fraught with end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it perils.  Just as the... more

Almost Everything is Genetically Modified

WasteWatcher May 2015

By Elizabeth Wright

 

According to a September 2014 Smithsonian article written by David Newland, “Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale is a Genetically Modified Food,” most of the food we eat today is not... more

Focusing on Music Copyright for World IP Day

WasteWatcher, May 2015

By Deborah Collier

On April 26, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) marked World Intellectual Property Day.  The theme was “Get Up, Stand Up.  For Music,” which was intended to highlight the contributions of musical artists around the world and encourage the... more

DOE’s Green Loan Programs Waste More Green than They Create

WasteWatcher, May 2015

By Curtis Kalin

A decade after the creation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first program to stimulate green energy projects, the concept is projected to lose more money than it receives, leaving taxpayers holding the reusable cloth bag.

DOE’s loan programs were authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security... more

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