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)."

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, April 2017

The least favorite government agency during the month of April is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (although that may be true every month of the year).  During the 2015 tax season, only 38 percent of phone calls were answered, as the IRS... more

Free File Should Remain Free

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, April 2017

Members of Congress and big-government advocates who believe bureaucrats know best just cannot tolerate private sector success.  For example, the well-established and popular Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program, which provides taxpayers that make under $64,000 annually with an option of 12 tax preparation companies... more

Income Share Agreements: Venture Capital for College Students

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, April 2017

To get the gist of an “income share agreement” (ISA), look no further than the title of Kim Clark’s November 16, 2016 article in Money magazine:  “Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College.”  As Clark describes it:

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NFL Hits the Taxpayer-Funding Jackpot in Vegas

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, April 2017

Las Vegas has long been known as “Sin City,” and it will soon be home to one of the worst fiscal sins of all time.  On October 14, 2016, the Nevada state legislature approved the largest taxpayer subsidy in American sports history.  As... more

A Dopey Policy

By Elizabeth Wright

April 2017 WasteWatcher

Currently, 26 states and the District of Columbia allow either medical and/or recreational marijuana.  The January 23, 2017 edition of ... more

Step Back, Doors Closing: D.C.’s Subway Debacle

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, April 2017

For anyone familiar with the subway system in Washington, D.C., the warning, “step back, doors closing,” alerts riders to the dangers of trying to beat the trains’ automatic doors, which are not as forgiving as those on elevators.  The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), known as “Metro” to Washingtonians, first ran its... more

FedRAMP Gets a ReVAMP

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, April 2017

The need to modernize federal information technology (IT) is being taken seriously by the Trump administration.  One of the President’s early White House appointments was for Reed Cordish to become Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives.  He has also created the White House Office of... more

Maryland's Boondoggle Inn

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, April 2017

In July 2016, Frederick County (Maryland) Executive Jan Gardner introduced a bill that would increase the county’s hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.  Despite denials from Gardner, State Senator Ron Young (D-District 3), State Delegate Karen Young (D-District 3), and State Delegate Carol Crimm (D-District 3) that the new tax revenue... more

Obamacare Still Vulnerable to Fraud

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, March 2017

Even before Congress failed to pass a repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a November 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report again exposed rampant and systematic fraud in the application process.

“Results of Enrollment Testing for the 2016... more

America First, Duplicative Programs Last

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, March 2017

On March 16, 2017, the White House released its budget, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”  This “skinny budget” increases spending for defense by $54 billion and cuts an equal amount of money for duplicative and wasteful programs.  The budget calls also cuts... more

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CAGW Names Rep. Steny Hoyer April 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's April Porker of the Month for his ridiculous attack on the most pro-taxpayer budget proposal in decades.