CAGW Releases November 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
November 16, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its November 2016 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its November edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Lame-Duck Session, 114th Congress: The Victors, the Vanquished, and the Un-Inaugurated

By William M. Christian

Officeholders involved in the lame-duck session of the current Congress will be making decisions after the voters are no longer able to hold them politically accountable for any legislative mischief.  Some current members soon to be out of office will have no incentive to represent their constituents’ interests: they are essentially free to wreak untold havoc without consequence.  Read the full story here.

CMMI is Neither Centered nor Innovative

By Elizabeth Wright

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) sounds like it should be involved in ground-breaking, state-of-the-art healthcare projects and programs.  However, the center was created in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, which in and of itself raises red flags.  Read the full story here.

The Turducken of Broadband

By Deborah Collier

A turducken is the epitome of overbuild.  One takes a deboned chicken, covers it in stuffing, wraps it with a deboned duck, adds some more stuffing on top of the duck, and wraps it again with a deboned turkey.  That may be all well and good for a hearty Thanksgiving, but it is no feast when a city or town decides to spend taxpayer dollars to build a government-run broadband network.  Read the full story here.

Time to Cut the Billions in Improper Payments

By Rachel Cole

When the average American sees an incorrect charge on his or her credit card statement, a quick to call the bank ensures that the money is promptly returned. Unfortunately, the federal government is not as efficient.  Read the full story here.

Procurement Blues: Competition Needed to Fix Defense Contracting

By Sean Kennedy

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.  Read the full story here.

Tobacco Harm-Reduction: Big League Healthcare Savings

By Andrew Nehring

In the twenty-first century, remarkable technology innovations have improved nearly every aspect of everyone's lives. Smart TVs and smartphones are the most well-known examples; however, these innovations even extend to smoking.  Read the full story here.

Taxpayers Fund Absurd Government Marketing

By Curtis Kalin

In an effort to help put a better face on the lackluster quality of government work, many federal departments and agencies have opted to spend taxpayer money on public relations.  Read the full story here.

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