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Blundering TSA Needs a Mid-Course Correction

In this post-9/11 world, Americans would not argue that the government should do everything possible to protect them from harm.  However, an agency tasked with that mission has tallied a frightening number of failures in nearly every area of its mandate and is in need of more significant reform.

July 14, 2015 — Curtis Kalin 1436885270

Signal Lost and $430 Million Wasted

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission identified the need for an interoperable communication network among the nation’s first responders.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was tasked with creating a common channel that different types of first responders could access.  After more than a decade and $430 million spent, the system impedes rather than improves communication among first responders.

July 14, 2015 — CAGW Staff 1436885192

CAGW Applauds the Resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 10, 2015 


(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) was pleased to see Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta resign due to her incompetence and mismanagement related to the worst cyber attack in U.S. history.

The Emperor's New Clothes?

President Obama and his minions have been wringing their hands and warning us that the nation will face catastrophic hardships as the sequester is implemented.

March 16, 2013 — CAGW Staff 1363466604

911 Funds Should Support 911 Functions

The 911 system is a valuable emergency communications tool available nationwide, and supported, in part, through fees typically designated as either 911 funds or enhanced 911 (E-911) fees.

February 20, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1361401901

Zombie Apocalypse Threatens Taxpayer Dollars, Not Nation’s Security

In December 2012, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released Safety At Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities, which focused on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs, including the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).  Those who are familiar with Sen. Coburn’s previous work were not surprised by the numerous examples of wasteful spending in the report, such as federal funding for a zombie apocalypse demonstration.

February 7, 2013 — Sean Kennedy 1360252937

House Passes Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Cybersecurity has been a very prevalent issue on Capitol Hill recently with legislation such as The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and The Protect IP Act (PIPA) being introduced before Congress. Both of these bills pertain to issues of piracy and online theft, and the negative impact they can have on the economy.

May 12, 2012 — CAGW Staff 1336871914

Stop the state raids on the E 911 communications funds

In most situations, consumers expect to get what they are paying for. For example, communications bills in most states include an Enhanced 911 (E 911) tax or fee. Based on its title, consumers would assume that this money is used for upgrades to the existing 911 services in their state or locality. This is a valid premise, given that the current 911 system has been around for decades and needs improvement and modernization. However, in some states, the E 911 funds are not always used for their intended purpose.

April 12, 2012 — Deborah Collier 1334279914

DHS Grants: Legacy of Waste

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. prioritized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to prepare state and local emergency personnel for further incidences of terrorism or other catastrophic events. However, like most programs, members of Congress quickly began using DHS grants for parochial projects. The Center for Investigative Reporting stated in 2011 that the U.S. has spent $34 billion on such grants over ten years.

February 27, 2012 — Sean Kennedy 1330318800

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