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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)."

114th Congress: The New Sheriff(s) in Town

By William Christian

WasteWatcher, December, 2014

Unlike the United States Senate, control of the House of Representatives did not change as a result of the November 4, 2014 elections.  However, the Republican majority did expand to at least 244 members, its highest level since the 1928 elections.  Two seats in Louisiana will be... more

Surprising Republican Support for the Return of Earmarks

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, December, 2014

During a closed-door House Republican Conference meeting on November 14, 2014, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) proposed reinstituting earmarks for “state, locality (... more

USPS Labor Woes: A Greek Tragedy

By Leslie Paige

WasteWatcher, December, 2014

In the myth of Sisyphus, the protagonist angers the gods so much that they condemn him to spend eternity fruitlessly rolling a weighty boulder up a steep hill.  This turns out to be an apt description of the fate of labor costs at the fiscally stressed United States Postal Service (USPS).... more

Net Neutrality Strikes Back

By Deb Collier

WasteWatcher, December, 2014

During the first week following its release on November 28, more than 42 million people had watched the trailer for “Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens.”  It was a reminder that every time it appears either the Empire or the Republic are defeated, the vanquished side rises with renewed energy.... more

New Study Shines Light on CFPB’s Discrimination Claims

By PJ Austin

Wastewatcher, December, 2014

As Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has previously pointed out, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the midst of a war against the auto financing industry.  In March 2013, the agency... more

The Government Slumlord

By Alexandra Booze

WasteWatcher, December, 2014

It is no secret that the federal government has too much real property.  Plainly put, Uncle Sam is one extremely disorganized landlord that likes to purchase, lease, and hoard large amounts of costly real estate.  And as with most operations left to languish at the hands of bureaucrats,... more

New CAGW Report on Intellectual Property

By Deb Collier
WasteWatcher, November, 2014

On November 17, 2014, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release its latest report, “Intellectual Property: Making It Personal.”  Co-authored by CAGW President Tom Schatz and Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy Deborah Collier, the report describes the positive effects of intellectual... more

Procurement Legacies of the Afghan War

By Sean Kennedy
WasteWatcher, November, 2014

One of the most vivid and enduring images of the U.S. departure from Vietnam remains the Navy offloading perfectly good helicopters into the South China Sea as the last of its ships sailed away.  The ongoing U.S. exodus from Afghanistan has produced a similar moment, albeit for a less useful aircraft. 

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A Glimmer of Hope at Yucca Mountain

By PJ Austin
WasteWatcher, November, 2014

On October 16, 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued its Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report 3, which confirmed what unbiased observers have long known: the facility meets the government’s long-term... more

Blaming Republicans for Ebola: A Seedy Campaign Ploy

By William Christian
WasteWatcher, November, 2014

Less than two weeks after the first person with Ebola in the United States was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on September 30, 2014, Democrats and their allies began blaming Republicans for his plight and everything else connected with preventing and treating the disease.

On Monday, October... more

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