“CAGW members are an iconoclastic bunch skeptical about politicians' promises.” - National Journal


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)."

The Consumer Financial Protection Racket - er, Bureau

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, July 2014

The Cambridge Dictionary defines a “protection racket” as “a situation in which a criminal group demands money from a store owner, company, etc. in exchange for agreeing not to harm them:  run a... more

USPS Inspector General’s Foray Earns Ire of Top House Fiscal Watch Dog

By Leslie Paige

Wastewatcher, July 2014

“Mr. Williams, I was madder than hell at your proposal. I think the idea that you’re trying to be the chief innovation officer and promoting banking within the [Inspector General’s] office is reprehensible.  I am shocked than an Inspector General would go from the waste, fraud, and abuse and... more

Roosevelt’s Baby Still Making Taxpayers Cry

By Anderson Haxton

Wastewatcher, July 2014

On February 2, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6581 to create the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank in order to facilitate “exports and imports and the exchange of goods between the U.S. and the world.”

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The Cost of Free

By Sean Kennedy

Wastewatcher, July 2014

Clay County, Missouri Police Captain Matt Hunter described his department’s new acquisition, a 54,000-pound, 10-foot tall vehicle known as a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (... more

Telecom Heats Up the Summer Months

By Deborah Collier,

WasteWatcher, July 2014

In March 2014, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released “Telecom Unplugged:  Unleashing a New Digital Era,” which highlighted topical telecommunications issues.  Now that summer is in full swing, politicians and bureaucrats are feverously pitching to finish their work on... more

Regulatory Funny Business

By P.J. Austin

Wastewatcher, July 2014

The normal federal agency rulemaking process begins with the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking, followed by a notice and comment period.  The public and parties impacted by the regulation usually have at least 30 to 60 days to review the provisions of the rule and submit their comments to... more

Definitely Not a Free Lunch

By Alexandra Booze

Wastewatcher, July 2014

In fiscal year (FY) 2012, 30.7 million out of 50 million, or 61 percent, of U.S. students enrolled in public and non-profit private schools participated in both the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast... more

The Veterans Administration is a Socialized Healthcare System

By Elizabeth Wright
WasteWatcher, June 2014

Who said the “VA is a socialized healthcare system?”  Or ... more

Fatally Long Waits and Red Tape

By Alexandra Booze
WasteWatcher, June 2014

At the corner of Vermont Avenue and H Street in northwest Washington, D.C., a single structure’s exterior bears a bronze plate engraved with the words “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”  The building is... more

Wheeler’s UTOPIA: This Emperor Has No Case

By Bill Christian
Waste Watcher, June 2014

In his April 30 remarks at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s conference in Los Angeles, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler imperiously decreed:  “I believe the FCC has the power – and I intend to exercise that... more