Defense

Lame-Duck Session, 114th Congress: The Victors, the Vanquished, and the Un-Inaugurated

For anyone unfamiliar with the patois of politics, the term “lame duck” may seem like a bit of an odd duck, rhetorically speaking.  As defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the more common understanding of this phrase is “an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor.”  But it is the dictionary’s first definition, one identified as “chiefly British,” that may be more descriptive of the current Congress:  “one that is weak or t

CAGW Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2016

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 27, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 16th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.  The following is CAGW’s list of nominees for inclusion in the Fiscal House of Horrors for 2016…

SIGAR: U.S. Facilitated Afghan Corruption, Reacted Slowly

The first in a series of “lessons learned” reports released in September 2016 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko has indicated that the U.S. introduced billions of dollars of aid into a corrupt system, sometimes benefiting militia members and warlords.  

CAGW Releases August 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 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 August edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gains Traction

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 recess should last as long as possible.  However, the release of the official party platforms for 2016 has revealed another area of solidarity: auditing the Pentagon.

Weapons of Mass Waste

The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains approximately $70 billion worth of conventional ammunition in case of unexpected contingencies.  From this reserve, the DOD routinely removes ammunition that it deems excessive, damaged, unusable, or otherwise obsolete.  This surplus is transferred to various Army facilities for storage, or eventual destruction.  In fiscal year (FY) 2012, the DOD transferred 44 million items, including bullets, detonation cords, fuses, and grenades.  The stockpile awaiting destruction is valued at $16 billion.

CAGW Releases June 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 15, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its June 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 June edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Boeing on the Hook for Failures of New Air Force Tanker

Pegasus, the mythological white winged horse that sprang forth from the neck of Medusa, never had any problem taking off; however, the same is not true for the horse’s namesake aircraft, the KC-46 tanker.

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”

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CAGW Names Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser April 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor Bowser is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to bail out the failing Washington Metrorail system by taxing Uber and Lyft riders.