WasteWatcher

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)."

Analyzing the House GOP Replacement for Obamacare

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, July 2016

On June 22, 2016, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) announced the House of Representatives Republican plan on healthcare reform, one of a series of six proposals called “A Better Way... more

Give the FCC an Inch, and It Will Take a Mile

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, July 2016

On June 14, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit Court) rejected by a 2-1 decision the petition of US Telecom in its case against the Federal Communications... more

Perks for Past Presidents Potentially Pruned

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, July 2016

In a little-heralded move that was lost in the Friday afternoon news dump where important information typically goes to die in Washington, D.C., something verging on the miraculous occurred in the nation’s capital.

Congress agreed, in a broad bipartisan fashion, to cut future spending.

On Friday, July 8, 2016, the... more

Speaker Ryan’s Better Way on Poverty

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, July 2016

On June 7, 2016, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made good on his long-standing commitment to address the pernicious issue of poverty in the United States.  Speaker Ryan joined other House leaders at a drug rehabilitation facility in Southeast Washington, D.C. to unveil their “... more

Rethinking Refundable Tax Credits

By Leah Lagoudis

WasteWatcher, July 2016

Over the course of the past 40 years, members of Congress have created refundable tax credits (RTCs), which have become ubiquitous in the tax code.  RTCs are available for everything from employment to education to having children.  However, mismanagement and a lack of oversight by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Congress have... more

Social Security Must Avert Identity Theft

By Rachel Cole

Wastewatcher, July 2016

In 2015, $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million Americans as a result of identity fraud and 16 percent of complaints... more

Cloudy with a Chance of Subsidies

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, July 2016

As tax rebates and incentive payments to businesses continue to deplete revenue intended for Oklahoma’s General Revenue Fund (GRF), which has fallen more than 13 percent below estimates, legislators must come up with a remedy. Otherwise, the $1.3 billion budget shortfall will continue to grow.

May marked the fourth time in the... more

Calling a Foul on Taxpayer-Funded Stadiums

By Ally Schatz

Wastewatcher, July 2016

State and local governments routinely approve plans to force taxpayers to subsidize professional sports arenas across the country.  In a report released on December 20, 2013, Judith Grant Long, a professor of urban planning at... more

Weapons of Mass Waste

By Filip Cukovic

WasteWatcher, July 2016

The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains approximately $70 billion worth of conventional ammunition in case of unexpected contingencies.  From this reserve, the DOD routinely removes ammunition that it deems excessive, damaged, unusable, or otherwise obsolete.  This surplus is transferred to various Army facilities for storage, or... more

Nightmarish TSA Lines Underscore Need for Massive Overhaul

By Curtis Kalin

June 2016 WasteWatcher

As Americans prepare for summer vacations and trips to visit family and friends, there is a good chance they will be subjected to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening system that is so badly mismanaged it has drawn ... more

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CAGW Names DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson June Porker of the Month

For failing to take sufficient steps to eliminate the “nightmarish” lines at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints across the nation, Sec. Jeh Johnson is CAGW's Porker of the Month.