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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)."

GAO Cites Billions Left on the Chopping Block

By Curtis Kalin
WasteWatcher, March 2015

The prevailing wisdom inside the Beltway and especially among big-government politicians and bureaucrats is one that was espoused by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2013.  Flummoxed by a reporter’s question on budget cuts, she literally threw up her hands and... more

Transportation Boondoggles: Streetcars (and Other Things) Lacking Desire

By William M. Christian
WasteWatcher, March 2015

The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but in the “DMV” (not the Department of Motor Vehicles, but a local acronym describing the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), it is lined with ill-conceived transit projects, some of which are being given greater scrutiny by chastened elected leaders.

In the... more

Medicare House of Cards: Bringing Down the RAC Program

By Leslie Paige
WasteWatcher, March 2015

All of Washington, D.C., as well as the rest of the country, has been binging on the third season of the wildly popular Netflix original series “House of Cards,” the sordid tale of Washington politicians who will stop at nothing to bend the power structure to their will in order to gain power, prestige, and money. While the program is a... more

Intellectual Property Is Personal

By Deborah Collier
WasteWatcher, March 2015

On February 26, 2015, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) held a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss intellectual property (IP) rights, including copyrights, patents, brand recognition and trademarks.

The Founding Fathers recognized the importance of encouraging and protecting intellectual property rights by including it in... more

King v. Burwell: Judicial Branch Should Judge, Not Legislate

By Elizabeth Wright and Thomas Schatz

WasteWatcher, March 2015

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to King v. Burwell.  It is one of... more

Keep the Caps

By P.J. Austin
WasteWatcher, March 2015

Based on all of the bloviating around Washington, D.C., about how sequestration is inflexible and unworkable, one would assume that the entire federal budget process is about to explode.  In reality, the caps on federal discretionary spending are scheduled to increase every year through fiscal year (FY) 2021; just not by as much as... more

The List Nobody Wants to Make: The 2015 GAO High Risk List

By Leslie Paige
WasteWatcher, February 2015

Anyone who has spent time on social media in recent years has inevitably noticed the proliferation of lists.  There are lists associated with everything from... more

Home Mortgage Crisis 2.0: FHA Policies Portend Peril for Taxpayers

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, February 2015

On February 11, 2015, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro testified before the House Financial Services Committee at an oversight hearing on the Federal Housing Administration.  The hearing was... more

Prime Cuts 2015: Bipartisan Proposals Included

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, February 2015

After expanding control of the House of Representatives and taking over the Senate in the November 2014 elections, Republicans have a clear mandate to reduce spending.

The forthcoming Prime Cuts 2015 by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), which was first published in 1993, contains 601 recommendations that would... more

The Internet Showdown

By Deborah Collier
WasteWatcher, February 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has set February 26, 2015, as the date when the agency will meet and... more

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CAGW Names EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy March Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator “Bi