Commerce

CCAGW to Treasury: Modernize IT Systems to Prevent Fraud

Last week, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, urging his department to modernize its information Technology (IT) systems and improve its fraud detection efforts.

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases Prime Cuts 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released Prime Cuts 2017, the latest edition of the group’s comprehensive waste-cutting recommendations that would eliminate unnecessary and ineffective federal programs and spending. 

Are You Ready for Some Legalized Sports Betting?

If you were ready for some football, then the National Football League’s 2017 season opener on Thursday, September 7, provided quite a tasty first course:  The Kansas City Chiefs upset the favored New England Patriots by a final score of 42-27, well outside the 8-point spread that bookmakers offered on the game.  Bettors supporting the underdogs would have fared well… and most probably did, albeit while breaking the law.

ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 Introduced

The following statement is attributable to Thomas A. Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste on the introduction of the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 on July 27, 2017:

Email Privacy Legislation Reintroduced in the House

Advances in technology over the past 30 years have rendered the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that established the standards for government access to private electronic communications, out of date.  ECPA was enacted in 1986, long before individuals and companies connected with each other electronically and stored information through email and in the cloud.  Today’s society communicates in a dramatically different manner than in 1986, with an increasing amount of data stored digitally with third party providers, including emails and other date stored in the cloud. 

CAGW Names Gov. Charlie Baker September Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 29, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) its 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.

CAGW Releases September 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 14, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its September 2016 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its September edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

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

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 country’s well-being.

CAGW Releases 2016 Congressional Pig Book

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 13, 2016  

Schatz: “Earmarks are making an unwelcome comeback”

Net Metering: Get Subsidies or Die Tryin'

The pro-solar energy activists have been on full alert since the Nevada State Legislature passed a solar bill last May that failed to raise the net metering cap for rooftop solar customers.

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.