General Waste

House Subcommittee Concerned over "Too Big to Fail" Mentality at NASA

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Space met to discuss the rising cost and schedule overruns at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  These overruns were attributed to what NASA Inspector General Paul Martin described as a “too big to fail” optimism at the agency, lack of consequences for failing to complete programs on time, and an ignorance of the technical complexity of projects.

Creating a SMARTER Merger Review Process

The ongoing saga of the AT&T/Time Warner merger, and the April 29, 2018 announcement by T-Mobile and Sprint that they would begin merger proceedings underpin the need for a streamlined, consistent merger application process.  Federal regulators must provide companies with procedural certainty and clarity that will benefit not only the companies involved but also consumers.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Applauds White House Rescission Package

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz released the following statement of support for President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 rescissions package.

Citizens Against Government Waste Submits Rescission Recommendations to President Trump

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz sent a letter to President Donald Trump today with a list of proposals for the White House to include in its rescissions package to Congress.

Citizens Against Government Waste Highlights GAO Duplication Report

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) highlighted the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) eighth annual report on, “Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits.”

Federal IT Procurement Gone Awry

The concept that federal information technology (IT) procurement should be technology and vendor neutral is among the best practices for federal government agencies.  However, when a large federal agency issues an exceptionally large cloud contract to a predetermined vendor for a specific technology solution without competitive bidding, such a contract is neither technology nor vendor neutral.  A Department of Defense (DOD) contract to fix its agency-wide cloud problem is such a case.

Citizens Against Government Waste Condemns Gargantuan Omnibus Spending Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement after Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the gigantic, deficit-busting 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill.

Citizens Against Government Waste Slams Rep. Frelinghuysen’s Claim of No Waste in the Omnibus Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement after House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R- N.J.) laughably claimed that “not a dollar was wasted” in the gargantuan, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill that passed the House today.

CCAGW Honors Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner for Being a “Taxpayer Super Hero”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) for his relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress.  Rep. Sensenbrenner is one of the 12 lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings, making him a “Taxpayer Super Hero.”  He currently has an exemplary lifetime rating of 95 percent.

CCAGW Honors House Majority Whip Steve Scalise for Being a “Taxpayer Super Hero”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for his relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress.  Rep. Scalise is one of the 12 lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings, making him a “Taxpayer Super Hero.”  Since he was elected in 2008, he has an exemplary lifetime rating of 93 percent.

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CAGW Names New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio September 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor de Blasio is CAGW's Porker of the Month for signing a bill into law that would halt the ride-sharing revolution in New York City.