Appropriations

House Appropriations Boosts Spending for Costly F-35 Program… Again

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the House Committee on Appropriations passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations bill by a vote of 48-4.  The bill provides $674.6 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense (DOD), including $606.5 billion in base discretionary spending as well as $68.1 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.  As has become commonplace, this annual legislation provides funding for programs that the DOD simply does not need, including an increase in

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Opposes House Farm Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Endorses Amendments to House Farm Bill

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them approve several amendments to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Applauds White House Rescission Package

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz released the following statement of support for President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 rescissions package.

Citizens Against Government Waste Submits Rescission Recommendations to President Trump

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz sent a letter to President Donald Trump today with a list of proposals for the White House to include in its rescissions package to Congress.

Citizens Against Government Waste Highlights GAO Duplication Report

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) highlighted the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) eighth annual report on, “Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits.”

CBO Projects Strong Economic Growth in 2018 and 2019; Trillion Dollar Deficits By 2020

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook for 2018 to 2028.  In order to include several important pieces of budget and spending legislation that passed recently, particularly the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Bipartisan Budget Act, and the Omnibus Appropriations package, CBO pushed its usual January release date to April.

Are Republicans Serious About a Balanced Budget Amendment?

In 2018, Republicans have done little to separate themselves from Democrats when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.  On February 9, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 eviscerated the last semblance of fiscal responsibility in Washington, the 2011 Budget Control Act, by allowing spending caps to increase by $300 billion over the next two years.  As a follow up on March 23, with less than 24 hours of review, Congress blindly

New House Bill to Permanently Ban Earmarks

The Earmark Elimination Act—H.R. 5369—would prohibit the House from considering any legislation containing earmarks, and it would strip any earmarks found in a bill being considered by the House before it could proceed.

Federal IT Procurement Gone Awry

The concept that federal information technology (IT) procurement should be technology and vendor neutral is among the best practices for federal government agencies.  However, when a large federal agency issues an exceptionally large cloud contract to a predetermined vendor for a specific technology solution without competitive bidding, such a contract is neither technology nor vendor neutral.  A Department of Defense (DOD) contract to fix its agency-wide cloud problem is such a case.

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CAGW Names Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand May 2018 Porker of the Month

Sen. Gillibrand is CAGW's Porker of the Month her proposal to force the fiscally-imperiled United States Postal Service to expand into banking.