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CAGW Releases December 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
December 18, 2015  

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

Single-Payer VA Healthcare Fails America’s Veterans

By any measure, those that serve in America’s military are the best of the nation.  They sacrifice life and limb to defend the United States.  They deserve the best medical care when they return home.  However, numerous investigations over the past several years have exposed a systemic cancer of mismanagement and neglect in the federal department tasked with that care.

This is What Ash Carter’s Reform Looks Like

Upon assuming the office of Secretary of Defense in February 2015, Ashton Carter prioritized recruiting private sector companies – especially those in technology industries – to bid on contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD).  Carter, who holds a PhD in theoretical physics and lectured at Stanford, had the chops to appeal to Silicon Valley tech mavens. 

CAGW Proposes 10 Real Questions for Presidential Primary Debate

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
November 10, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) proposed that the 2016 presidential primary debates discuss policy so that voters learn more about where candidates stand on the issues instead of which candidate is or is not on the stage, or who is asking what kind of question.

CAGW Releases August 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 13, 2015  

 

F-35 Approved for Combat, Problems Persist

The acquisition misadventures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program have been well-documented.  In development for nearly 15 years and four years behind schedule, the program is currently projected to cost $391.1 billion for 2,457 aircraft, or 68 percent more than its original estimate of $233 billion.  An April 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report noted that the lifetime operation and maintenance costs of the most expensive weapon system in history will total approximately $1 trillion.

CAGW Names Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) June Porker of the Month



For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 24, 2015  

 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) its June Porker of the Month for his absurd attempt to submerge the cost of a submarine program.


CAGW Releases June 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 11, 2015  

(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:

Acquisition Reform Proposal Makes Waves

Acquisition horror stories are nothing new at the Department of Defense (DOD).  The three most costly recent mishaps include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is approximately $170 billion over budget and has encountered numerous problems with its software and engine design.  Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (ATL) Frank Kendall referred to the purchase of the F-35 as “acquisition malpractice” in February 2014.  The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship has also faced its share of problems, including concerns over its survivability, inadequate firepower, and corrosion due to a design flaw. 

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