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)."

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

Making Healthcare Great

By Elizabeth Wright

January 2017 WasteWatcher

The repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has begun.  On January 3, 2017, the day the 115th Congress was sworn in, Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced S. Con. Res 3, a... more

How to Make the Budget Great Again

By Rachel Cole

January 2017 WasteWatcher

With the beginning of a new administration, the best and brightest in leadership are often selected to advise the President.  House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.), who has been nominated as the secretary of Health and Human Services, fits that description.  He will not only be an excellent secretary; he has been an... more

Anachronistic Earmark Offering from Culberson, Rogers, and Rooney

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, December 2016

Americans might fondly remember 2006:  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was the top grossing movie, Sexyback by Justin Timberlake was at the top of the charts, and Bob Barker announced his retirement from The Price is Right.

Other events might not harken such recollections, particularly the... more

Power of the Purse and Budget Process Reform

By Rachel Cole

December 2016 WasteWatcher

Since the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (CBA) was first passed, Congress has been able to pass the 12 appropriations bills on time on only three occasions; the most recent was in 1997.  Although the CBA has been amended several times, the budget process remains as... more

Fixing the FCC

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, December 2016

The peaceful transfer of power to a new administration has been a key part of the nation’s history.  This is particularly important when there is a change in parties at the White House. 

President-elect Trump is making it clear that there... more

Beware of Midnight Regulations

By Curtis Kalin

WasteWatcher, December 2016

As President Barack Obama’s term comes to an end, many federal agencies and departments are attempting to beat the clock by jamming a flurry of new regulations onto the books before January 20, 2017. 

These “midnight regulations” occur at the end of... more

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CAGW Names Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan January 2017 Porker of the Month

Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan is CAGW's January Porker of the Month for defending the undeniably wasteful F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.