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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)."

Ohio Checkbook Shows How Transparency is Supposed to Work

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, August 2015

It has often been said that “sunlight is the best disinfectant” for the government.  Informing citizens about how bureaucrats spend their money will help to ensure that it will be spent wisely.  No effort has exemplified this principle more succinctly and comprehensively than the initiative undertaken by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R).... more

CCAGW’s Congressional Ratings: A Recap of 2014 and the 2016 Presidential Candidates

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, August 2015

On July 30, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, released its 2014 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 members of Congress.  The ratings, which CCAGW has issued annually since... more

Changing the Culture of Wasteful Spending

By Dean W. Sinclair

WasteWatcher, August 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to an African nation asked his facility manager to order four flower pots for the embassy; nothing fancy, just four plastic flower pots.  He came back and said, on second thought; order a truck load of them since there is a lot of money left in the facilities budget and it should all be spent.  The facility manager... more

The Rural Broadband Boondoggle

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, August 2015

In the 2009 stimulus bill, Congress allocated $2.5 billion to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to fund its Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), all of which was supposed to be spent by the end of June 2015.  This was a massive influx of money for a small agency whose previous annual average budget for broadband programs was... more

F-35 Approved for Combat, Problems Persist

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, August 2015

The acquisition misadventures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program have been well-documented.  In development for nearly 15 years and four years behind schedule, the program is currently projected to cost $391.1 billion for 2,457 aircraft, or 68 percent more than its original... more

A Billion Here – A Billion There

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher August 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, has chucked more money down the memory hole than Agent J’s Neuralyzer in Men in Black.  More than $5.3 billion has been doled out to 48 states and the... more

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: All Pain, No gain

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, August 2015

During a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, then-Senator Barack Obama remarked that under his ideal energy plan, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”  He further noted that by capping greenhouse gasses, producers of... more

Five Free-Wheeling Follies of the Federal Housing Administration: What Taxpayers Need to Know

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, August 2015

It is very interesting how swiftly Washington can move when taxpayers aren’t “in the know.”

On January 9, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a 37 percent reduction in annual mortgage insurance premiums (down 50 basis points from 1.35 percent to .85 percent), notwithstanding the concerns expressed by... more

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... 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... more

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