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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)."

WHO Are You to Raise the Tobacco Tax?

WasteWatcher, October, 2014

Black-and-white images of soldiers abroad brandishing “victory cigars” in the fight against a cruel and oppressive enemy lit up television screens in homes across the nation, and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Merle Travis was a national hit on the air waves.  Cigarettes were an icon of glamor with a hint of rugged sophistication, and... more

Marketplace Fairness Is Not A Fair Option

By Deborah Collier
Wastewatcher, October 2014

On July 15, 2014, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.  This legislation would make the current moratorium on Internet access taxes, which was first enacted by Congress in 1998.  However, Democratic leaders in the Senate allowed the bill to languish in an... more

The CFPB’s Auto Loan Financing Fight

By P.J. Austin
WasteWatcher, October, 2014

In March 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidance stating that auto finance sources would be held accountable for discriminatory pricing resulting from... more

The Cloud: Two-Year Review

By Deborah Collier
WasteWatcher, October 2014

The federal government spends more than $80 billion each year on information technology.  In 2010, the federal chief information officer issued guidance to government agencies requiring them to adopt cloud computing tools when replacing systems, and to move at least three existing services to the cloud.  The Office of... more

Happy Anniversary Healthcare.gov

WasteWatcher, October, 2014

It is hard to believe that the online marketplaces, or exchanges, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, are having their one year anniversary this month.  It seems like only yesterday that the federal website, Healthcare.gov, which officially opened on October 1, 2014,... more

USPS Delivers Groceries: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

By Leslie Paige
WasteWatcher, October, 2014

The United States Postal Service (USPS) seems to be on a frenzied crusade to delve into new areas of business, even as it is posting billions in quarterly losses and mismanaging its core line of business, delivering first-class mail.  Its latest entry into a new market, grocery delivery, ignores the fact that the USPS is not... more

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

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