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)."

VA Scandal Rages On In 2016

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, August 2016

One of the most crippling scandals of the Obama administration is poised to outlast the president’s time in office.  The outrageous patient wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics nationwide have not waned since the issue burst into the public consciousness in 2014.  Indeed, the scandal has widened and the depth of the... more

The FCC’s Lifeline Breakdown

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, August 2016

Citizens Against Government Waste highlighting the programmatic issues of the Universal Service Fund (USF) and its Lifeline program for low-income individuals in its 2014 report Telecom Unplugged: Ushering in a New Digital Era.  The USF was created by Congress to... more

Remain Very Afraid of the Impact of Obamacare

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, August 2016

Frightening news is starting to trickle out about health insurance premium rate increases for 2017, and that is just the beginning of ongoing concerns about how Obamacare adversely affects individuals, families, businesses, insurers, and the healthcare market.  The numbers reported to date by several states belie the promise... more

Social Impact Partnerships: No Social Solyndras

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, August 2016

Too often, Congress seems to blindly throw money at the problem du jour and then, without any measure of effectiveness, consider its work to be complete.  This tired (yet persistent) approach may help to explain why federal spending has metastasized unabated, while many social ills remain unsolved.

Fiscal conservatives can... more

Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gains Traction

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, August 2016

Consensus in the nation’s capital is rare.  Agreement between Republicans and Democrats is typically confined to a belief that Washington, D.C. is miserably hot this time of year, and therefore the summer recess should last as long as possible.  However, the release of the official party platforms for 2016 has revealed another area of... more

Western Lands; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Filip Cukovic

WasteWatcher, August 2016

The history of federal land ownership in the West is long and complex.  In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase established the federal government as administrator of vast stretches of land not already under control by states.  In 1862, the federal government attempted to transfer some of that control back to the populace through the Homestead... more

$30 million in Pell Grants for Prisoners

By Leah Lagoudis

WasteWatcher, August 2016

On June 24, 2016 President Obama announced Second Chance Pell, a $30 million pilot program that would fully fund tuition, books, and related expenses for approximately 12,000 inmates to pursue college degrees.  This program would expand Pell Grants to... more

Set the Sun on Solar Subsidies

By Ally Schatz

WasteWatcher, August 2016

In Nevada, one of many states where taxpayers have been subsidizing solar projects for years, the Public Utility Commission of Nevada (PUC) voted unanimously on December 23, 2015,... more

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


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CAGW Names Sen. Barbara Mikulski July Porker of the Month

Sen. Barbara Mikulski is CAGW's July Porker of the Month for her reckless push to bring back wasteful and corruptive earmarks.