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Welcome to Medicare ... or not

Individuals who are not on Social Security at age 65 are supposed to sign up for Medicare anytime between three months before their 65th birthday and three months thereafter.

I turn 65 on January 9, 2018, and thought I should get an early start by checking everything out exactly three months before that date. 

Changing the Prescription for America’s Public Universities

It is much easier to take a pill than to overhaul a lifestyle.  The word “free” was the prescription offered by some in the presidential primaries to millennials in order to ease the crushing burden of skyrocketing student debt.  However, the problem with America’s public universities is not a lack of public funding. 

Catfish Program Removal Gains Support of Committee on Energy and Commerce

On June 22, 2016, CCAGW and a coalition of taxpayer watchdogs sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging a vote on S. J. Res. 28.  S. J. Res. 28, sponsored by Sen.

A Perfect Picture of Government Efficiency: The Washington D.C. Metro

On June 24, 2010, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced a $5 billion overhaul of the Metrorail and Metrobus system.  However, the results of this retrofit have been underwhelming.  The problems have persisted to such an extreme degree that on May 6, 2016 WMATA announced a further improvement program, the $60 million SafeTrack, to fix the lines.

Next on Hotel Hell: City of Baltimore

For eight consecutive years, the city-owned and operated Hilton Baltimore has lost money, $5.2 million in 2015.

OMB Tackles Some Low-Hanging Fruit

On January 20, 2016, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) weighed in on a request for comments from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the requirements that should be included in its guidance to federal departments and agencies for improving the management and purchasing of software assets. 

Let the USDA Catfish Inspection Program Off The Hook!

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) catfish inspection program has already been called out on nine separate occasions, February 2011March 2011May 2012February 2013April 2013April 2014December 2014February 2015, and April 2015, by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a program that duplicates another catfish inspection program operating at the Food & Drug Administration.  With the release of its April 2016 report on duplication, the GAO once again highlighted the problem

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