CAGW Releases August Wastewatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze (202) 467-5318
August 9, 2014

A Monthly Dispatch From Citizens Against Government Waste

WASHINGTON-- Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues of interest to American taxpayers. The stories from August WasteWatcher edition are below:

Bringing Home the Davis-Bacon
By William M. Christian
“Bringing home the bacon” describes earning money for a job performed (i.e., providing the means to purchase basic sustenance)…

Irregular Order Comes Back
By P.J. Austin
When Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, it established a topline discretionary spending budget, formally known as the 302(a) allocation, for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015.”…

The Name Game
By Elizabeth Wright
Biologics are, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical products “made from a variety of natural sources (human, animal or microorganism)….

State Labeling Would Be a Logistical Calamity
By Anderson Haxton
For the past several years, activist groups such as Food Democracy Now! and Just Label It! have been pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)…

Bureaucratic Quagmire…Leads to Billions Wasted
By Anderson Haxton
A July 9, 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that in fiscal year (FY) 2013 federal agencies issued an estimated $105.8 billion in improper payments…

Weird Science
By Colin Gamm
In John Hughes’ 1985 sophomoric romp, Weird Science, a pair of hormonal high-schoolers manufacture the girl of their dreams with the help of a Barbie doll, a home computer, and a well-timed bolt of lightning…

When it Comes to Ending the Federal Helium Reserve, Congress Is Full of Hot Air
By Alexandra Booze
Turn back the clocks to 1914, when the U.S. government considered using blimps as military aircraft. It was the beginning of World War 1, and helium, a nonrenewable resource extracted from natural gas first discovered by French astronomer Pierre Janssen in 1868, had become a hot commodity…

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