General Waste

CCAGW Supports REDUCE Government Waste Act

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to support the Removing Excessive Dollars to Uproot and Cut Expensive (REDUCE) Government Waste Act.

Farm Bill Conferees Should Avoid Broadband Overbuild

Broadband overbuild using taxpayer dollars has been an ongoing problem across this country.  Some providers will obtain a grant or loan from a federal agency to build out broadband in rural communities and then use the funding to either deploy or upgrade equipment where broadband already exists rather than spend taxpayer resources on unserved communities where the cost to build networks is much higher.

DOD Auditors Swing and Miss

Auditors at the Department of Defense (DOD) have provided a blueprint for underachieving students everywhere:  they may have failed the test, but they never expected to pass!

Citizens Against Government Waste Submits Recommendations for President Trump’s Nickel Plan

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) sent letters to 16 federal departments and agencies detailing potential spending cuts that could be made in furtherance of President Trump’s “nickel plan” for an across the board 5 percent budget cut, which he announced on October 17, 2018.

Citizens Against Government Waste Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2018

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 18th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.

Congressional Eye Turns to DOD's JEDI Contract

One wonders if the “Force” is working against the Department of Defense (DOD) with its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project (JEDI).  The contract bid request that by some estimates could reach $10 billion to build an enterprise-level commercial cloud solution, including Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service, to support the all defense agencies and military branches, has now come under heightened scrutiny by two members of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.

CAGW Names House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer October 2018 Porker of the Month

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) its October 2018 Porker of the Month for expressing his support for bringing back pork-barrel earmarks if his party retakes control of the House of Representatives.

Lost in Space: New Branch Makes Little Sense

Citizens Against Government Waste has previously covered the idea of creating a sixth military branch. 

The argument in favor of a Space Force is almost entirely without merit.  It will increase bureaucracy, add to overhead costs, and complicate existing command structures, all without providing additional capabilities. 

DOJ Files Suit Against California’s Onerous Net Neutrality Law

While not unexpected, it was still disappointing to see California Governor Jerry Brown (D) sign into law Senate Bill 822, creating the most restrictive set of rules for internet service providers (ISPs) in U.S. history.  California has often attempted to set standards for the rest of the nation in everything from the environment to technology, often in contravention of the federal powers reserved under the Constitution. 

CAGW Submits Comment Prior to House Hearing on Sports Betting

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued a statement for the record prior to the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations hearing, “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America."

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.