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)."

Tackling Obamacare Through Administrative Action

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, February 2017

The process of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is underway.  While Republicans in Congress are anxious for Obamacare to disappear as soon as possible, most Democrats want the healthcare reform law to be preserved and “fixed.”

On January 20, the day... more

GAO’s High Risk List: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, February 2017

The latest iteration of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) biennial High-Risk Series, released on February 15, 2017, added three programs and removed one.  The new areas included programs serving Indian tribes, environmental liabilities, and the 2020 census, while... more

Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, February 2017

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald J. Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks. ... more

The Postal Service Reform Act Does Not Deliver

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, February 2017

It is no secret that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is broke and broken.  The agency’s low standards of delivery are rarely achieved, it has billions in losses and unfunded ... more

Securing the Border: A Cautionary Tale

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, February 2017

The promise to build a wall and secure the southern border of the United States was perhaps President Donald Trump’s most well-known campaign pledge.  On January 25, 2017, he signed two executive... more

Caution Needed When Building Digital Bridges

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, February 2017

When one thinks about infrastructure, roads and bridges usually come to mind.  These structures not only carry physical vehicles; they also provide the capacity to run wires above ground for telecommunications systems.  These systems can also be built underground, and in the case of wireless broadband communications, ride over... more

115th Congress: A New Sheriff (with a Powerful Posse) Has Arrived

By William M. Christian

January 2017 WasteWatcher

For the first time since Democrats turned the Speaker’s gavel over to the Republicans in January 2011, the Pennsylvania Avenue axis of power (the White House at one end of the famous street, and both chambers of Congress at the other) will be under the control of a single party.  And for the first time since the 2004 elections,... more

Can President Trump Finally End the VA Scandal?

By Curtis Kalin

January 2017 WasteWatcher

As the nation prepares for the transfer of power from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, the issue of veteran healthcare and the insidious and continuing wait-times scandal remains a critical area of concern.

During the campaign, President Trump routinely invoked poor care at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals as a... more

Modernizing Federal Information Technology

By Deborah Collier

January 2017 WasteWatcher

President Trump has made it clear that he wants to make significant changes in how government programs are managed.  One of the best sources of the worst examples of wasteful spending for the president and his team is the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High Risk List, which every two years identifies agencies and program areas... more

Mulvaney Faces Uphill Battle on Defense Spending

By Sean Kennedy

January 2017 WasteWatcher

Incoming Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) will be tasked with developing plans to cut trillions of dollars in spending, based on the ideas being floated by the Trump transition team.  While there are always challenges to implement such proposals, mostly from members of Congress, any suggestions to... more

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CAGW Names Sen. Al Franken March 2017 Porker of the Month

Sen. Franken is CAGW's March Porker of the Month for his absurd defense of the bureaucratic takeover of the internet.