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)."

Show Me the Budget

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, October 2016

Americans might fondly remember many experiences from 1996, including watching “Independence Day” and “Jerry Maguire,” reading about the cloning of Dolly the sheep, dancing to the Macarena, and surfing new websites such as Ask Jeeves and eBay.

That year also witnessed a rare, if more important event:  Congress completing the... more

Washington’s 2016 Year-End Spending Spree

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, October 2016

As federal fiscal years wind down, a frustrating ritual takes place throughout departments and agencies:  a spending surge on frivolous items in order to avoid budget cuts in the next fiscal year.  The final month of fiscal year 2016 is no exception.

These spending sprees are the result of baseline budgeting, under which an agency... more

The Long Musical Road Home

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, October 2016

As a preview to the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards on November 2, 2016, the Country Music Association released a mashup video of... more

The Cover Oregon Debacle

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, October 2016

On September 15, 2016, and with little hubbub beyond the state’s borders, Oregon and Oracle, the prime vendor for the state’s Obamacare’s online marketplace exchange “Cover Oregon,” announced they had reached a settlement in a lawsuit.  The dispute... more

Unauthorized Spending, Sacred Cows, and the Need for Training Wheels

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, October 2016

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has long advocated for reforms to the way that Congress does business, focused on senators and representatives who turn blind eyes to ever-increasing spending.  One such reform, introduced on March 14, 2016 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is H.R. 4730, the Unauthorized Spending... more

Upstate New York Film Project Flops

By Ally Schatz

Wastewatcher, October 2016

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was established in 1922.  Since then, the organization has grown into a worldwide juggernaut, promoting America’s film artists and representing the industry issues before government regulators and legislative bodies across the globe.  According to the MPAA, the American film industry... more

Possessed by Pensions: Impending Union Bailouts

By Rachel Cole

Wastewatcher, October 2016

With Halloween around the corner, teenagers and adults alike will dust off classic scary movies, ranging from the comical (Ghostbusters) to the terrifying (The Exorcist).  They may have seen these movies dozens of times, but they continue to be surprised and still jump at the sight of these demonic possessions when young... more

Land of the Free and Home of the Subsidies

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, October 2016

Renewable energy politics has become a powerful force at both the federal and state level.  Wind and solar advocates argue that renewable energy generates power without the expense of burning fossil fuels. While this may sound appealing, the reality is that this energy supply is highly subsidized and the policies are fossilized.

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America’s Longest War: On Poverty

By Rachel Cole

September 2016 Waste Watcher

In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States.”  President Johnson said, “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.”

The War on Poverty, more costly than all wars since... more

A Penny, a Nickel, and a Dollar Walk Into a Bar…

By William M. Christian

September 2016 WasteWatcher

The dire fiscal circumstances facing the country are enough to drive Americans to drink.  But when it comes to the billions of dollars that could be saved for taxpayers, currency modernization represents a much-needed tonic, as well as a partial cure for the spending-like-drunken-sailors hangover that seriously threatens the... more


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CAGW Names Gov. Charlie Baker September Porker of the Month

Gov. Charlie Baker is CAGW's September Porker of the Month for signing into law a destructive and foolish tax on citizens who use ride-sharing apps in order to bailout the stalled taxi industry.