The Swine Line: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The Swine Line

The Swine Line is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.


Failure of PEPFAR in Africa: Abstain from Abstinence

The President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR) is an initiative started by then-President George W. Bush in 2003.  PEPFAR was design to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa by providing antiretroviral treatments to people in resource-limited settings.  According to a February 14, 2013 Foreign Policy article, the program is estimated to have saved million of lives in the last ten years.

Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gaining Speed

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 Congressional recess should last as long as possible.  With the release of the official party platforms for 2016, another area of consensus has emerged: auditing the Pentagon.

Changing the Prescription for America’s Public Universities

It is much easier to take a pill than to overhaul a lifestyle.  The word “free” was the prescription offered by some in the presidential primaries to millennials in order to ease the crushing burden of skyrocketing student debt.  However, the problem with America’s public universities is not a lack of public funding. 

Some Are More Equal Than Others

More than a year ago, on June 25, 2015, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste along with nine other taxpayer advocacy groups and individuals, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.  We requested an investigation into whether Senators and/or their staff may have committed fraud and broke several laws when they submitted questionable applications in February, 2014 to the D.C.

Second Hand Smoke

The California Assembly proposed Senate Bill 1400, introduced by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), which would have limited the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to specified “tobacco stores,” that prohibit customers under the age of 21 and generate more than 60 percent of their annual revenue from tobacco.

What’s Longer: TSA Lines or TSA Employee Retention?

This month, CAGW named Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson June’s Porker of the Month. The decision was a no-brainer, as he is the man behind the “nightmarish” Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines across the country. While the agency claims things are getting better, there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

New Regulations for the Unaffordable Care Act

Since it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the $1.2 trillion Affordable Care Act (ACA) has proven unaffordable for a large percentage of Americans.  To escape the high costs, many individuals have sought relief in the form of short-term coverage plans.

Veterans Affairs IT System Needs Major Repairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a systemic problem with information technology (IT) management, according to a June 22, 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.  The report follows up on recommendations made by GAO following the agency’s February, 2015 designation of the IT system as a high-risk area.  It highlights the ongoing need for VA to overhaul its IT to better ensure the quality and safety of veterans’ healthcare.

Catfish Program Removal Gains Support of Committee on Energy and Commerce

On June 22, 2016, CCAGW and a coalition of taxpayer watchdogs sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging a vote on S. J. Res. 28.  S. J. Res. 28, sponsored by Sen.

Medicare Continues Fiscal Slide: Congress Sidelines Watchdogs

The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds Report came out today. 

Bottom line:  the Trust Fund faces insolvency in 2028, two years earlier than was projected in last year’s report.

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