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)."

Anachronistic Earmark Offering from Culberson, Rogers, and Rooney

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, December 2016

Americans might fondly remember 2006:  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was the top grossing movie, Sexyback by Justin Timberlake was at the top of the charts, and Bob Barker announced his retirement from The Price is Right.

Other events might not harken such recollections, particularly the... more

Power of the Purse and Budget Process Reform

By Rachel Cole

December 2016 WasteWatcher

Since the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (CBA) was first passed, Congress has been able to pass the 12 appropriations bills on time on only three occasions; the most recent was in 1997.  Although the CBA has been amended several times, the budget process remains as... more

Fixing the FCC

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, December 2016

The peaceful transfer of power to a new administration has been a key part of the nation’s history.  This is particularly important when there is a change in parties at the White House. 

President-elect Trump is making it clear that there... more

Beware of Midnight Regulations

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, December 2016

As President Barack Obama’s term comes to an end, many federal agencies and departments are attempting to beat the clock by jamming a flurry of new regulations onto the books before January 20, 2017. 

These “midnight regulations” occur at the end of... more

Recovery Auditors and the Administrative Law Backlog: More “Fake News” Debunked

By Leslie Paige

December 2016 WasteWatcher

News junkies have been inundated lately with commentary on the ubiquity of “fake news” and its viral spread online.  On December 12, 2016, The New York Times President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson gave a thought-provoking speech before the Detroit... more

The Trump Trifecta: Three Branches, New Faces

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, December 2016

The chattering political class, with scant exception, prognosticated that Donald J. Trump had only the narrowest of opportunities to win the White House in the 2016 general election.  Indeed, many such solons suggested that his bombastic style, in addition to losing his own race, might also cost the Republicans control of the... more

NPS Ban on Bottled Water – “Going Forward”

By Elizabeth Wright

December 2016 WasteWatcher

For more than a year, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been investigating the National Park Service’s (NPS) ban on the sale of bottled water, believing it was an obtrusive inconvenience to visitors and a waste of taxpayer dollars.  To... more

California's "Netflix Tax"

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, December 2016

Cities in the Golden State are exploring what they might call a “golden opportunity” to compensate for the loss of tax revenue from declining cable-television subscriptions as more Americans choose video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

An estimated 45 cities in California – including... more

Taxpayers Fund Absurd Government Marketing

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, November 2016

According to Gallup, Americans’ trust in government rests near an all-time low.  Gallup’s 2015 survey found that, “Fewer than three-in-ten Americans have expressed trust in the federal government in every major national poll conducted since July 2007... more

Tobacco Harm-Reduction: Big League Healthcare Savings

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, November 2016

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.

By 2025, health experts approximate that... more


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CAGW Names Reps. Culberson, Rogers, and Rooney December 2016 Porkers of the Month

Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) are CAGW's December Porkers of the Month for their reckless and secrative push to bring back wasteful and corruptive earmarks.