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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)."

Right to Work and the Friedrichs Case

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, January 2016

On January 11, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.  Rebecca Friedrichs, a schoolteacher in Anaheim, California, brought the case, which addresses two key questions:  do public-sector union agreements violate the First... more

Scrubbing Oppressive Federal Regulations

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, January 2016

The current political conversation is dominated by taxes and spending, which leaves out one of the most impactful activities of the federal government: regulations.  The burdens that regulations place on individuals and businesses are often overlooked and underreported; the regulatory process is long overdue for major reform. 

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Congressional Insanity: Holding ITFA Hostage to MFA

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, January 2016

When members of Congress impede the passage of popular legislation in order to attach something totally unrelated, the results are usually harmful to the American people.  The ongoing effort to tie together a permanent ban on Internet access taxes with an online sales tax scheme is just the latest example of this unfortunate... more

Why the Obamacare Reconciliation Bill is So Important

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, January 2016

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 240 to 181, after which it was sent to President... more

Solar Socialism 2.0: The Subsidy Saga Continues

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, January 2016

On December 1, 2015, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) published a report, “The Sun Should Set on Solar Socialism.”  The report reviewed the history of federal energy subsidies, particularly... more

Official Time: Practically Opaque in Every Way

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, December 2015

On May 9, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order stating, “Openness in government strengthens our democracy, promotes the delivery of efficient and effective services to the public... more

From Boondoggle to Bailout: Governor Hogan’s Wrong Turn on the Purple Line

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, December 2015

The March 2015 edition of WasteWatcher included an article about local transit projects, “Transportation Boondoggles:  Streetcars and Other Things Lacking Desire.”  One of the culprits was the proposed... more

When the Federal Government Goes Too Far

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, December 2015

On February 2, 2015, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement supporting federal preemption of state laws that restrict municipal broadband networks.  On February 26, 2015, two other FCC... more

Single-Payer VA Healthcare Fails America’s Veterans

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, December 2015

By any measure, those that serve in America’s military are the best of the nation.  They sacrifice life and limb to defend the United States.  They deserve the best medical care when they return home.  However, numerous investigations over the past several years have exposed a systemic cancer of mismanagement and neglect in the federal... more

This is What Ash Carter’s Reform Looks Like

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, December 2015

Upon assuming the office of Secretary of Defense in February 2015, Ashton Carter prioritized recruiting private sector companies – especially those in technology industries – to bid on contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD).  Carter, who holds a PhD in theoretical physics and lectured at Stanford, had the chops to appeal... more

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CAGW Names Sen. Dick Durbin January Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen.