General Waste

GAO’s High Risk List: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

The latest iteration of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) biennial High-Risk Series, released on February 15, 2017, added three programs and removed one.  The new areas included programs serving Indian tribes, environmental liabilities, and the 2020 census, while terrorism-related information sharing disappeared from the list.

Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald J. Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks.  Fortunately, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) forestalled a vote during a meeting of the Republican Conference, promising instead a thoughtful and transparent discussion about the pros and cons of earmarks during the first quarter of 2017.  That date appears to have been moved to the third quarter, following the announcement by House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) that he will hold public hearings and issue recommendations by July 4, 2017.

Securing the Border: A Cautionary Tale

The promise to build a wall and secure the southern border of the United States was perhaps President Donald Trump’s most well-known campaign pledge.  On January 25, 2017, he signed two executive orders related to immigration.  Executive Order No. 3 called for the “immediate construction of a physical wall,” the “expedited determinations of apprehended individuals’ claims of eligibility to remain in the United States,” and the prompt removal of individuals “whose legal claims to remain in the United States have been lawfully rejected.”  Executive Order No, 4 called for the prioritization for deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions or who have been charged with a crime and the hiring of 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, along with other provisions.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum on February 20, 2017, to implement the two executive orders.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

Trump to Resistant Bureaucrats: You're Fired

Disturbing news was reported in the January 31, 2017 Washington Post about a growing resistance from federal workers in implementing President Trump’s policies.

CAGW Releases January 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 25, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its January 2017 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 January edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

115th Congress: A New Sheriff (with a Powerful Posse) Has Arrived

For the first time since Democrats turned the Speaker’s gavel over to the Republicans in January 2011, the Pennsylvania Avenue axis of power (the White House at one end of the famous street, and both chambers of Congress at the other) will be under the control of a single party.  And for the first time since the 2004 elections, that party will be the Republicans’ “Grand Old Party,” not the Democrats.  Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race completed the trifecta that began in 2010, when Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, followed by the 2014 elections that returned control of the Senate to the GOP.

CAGW Announces 2016 Porker of the Year Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 17, 2017  

CAGW Praises Sen. Flake’s Latest “Wastebook”

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 10, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today applauded Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) new report, “Wastebook: PORKémon Go.”

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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.