The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.




The Sky Is Clearing, Not Falling, on Internet Privacy

The hysteria and hyperbole about online privacy needs to stop following House passage of S. J. Res. 34, which invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Federal Communications Commission’s Privacy Order.

Obamacare Still Vulnerable to Fraud

Even before Congress failed to pass a repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a November 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report again exposed rampant and systematic fraud in the application process.

America First, Duplicative Programs Last

On March 16, 2017, the White House released its budget, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”  This “skinny budget” increases spending for defense by $54 billion and cuts an equal amount of money for duplicative and wasteful programs.  The budget calls also cuts burdensome regulations and calls for better management of federal programs. 

CFP-Bane: Warding Off the Unconstitutional CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been, since its inception as the brainchild of then-Harvard professor and now Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the nanny state bane of conservatives and free-market champions.

Obscuring the Cost Growth of the "Little Crappy Ship"

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), referred to as the “Little Crappy Ship” by some inside the Navy, has been a disaster since its inception.  The difficulties experienced by the program range from a vaguely defined mission, a lack of firepower and survivability, and design flaws leading to cracks in the hull and corrosion.  The number of ships has been cut in half, from 55 to 28, while the cost per ship has increased by 117.3 percent, from $220 million to $478 million.

The Risky Business of Federal IT

Information technology (IT) has consistently been a top priority for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) since it was founded in 1984 following the release of the Grace Commission report.  The commission found that the federal government’s computer systems were outdated and incompatible, and much more needed to be done to upgrade and improve the efficiency of federal IT.

To Kill or Not to Kill Quill

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in Quill v. North Dakota that if a company did not have a “physical nexus” within the state, that state could not require the company to collect sales taxes from its customers.  However, residents of states with income taxes are supposed to voluntarily pay a “use tax” on such out-of-state transactions when they file their tax returns.  As the number of online transactions continue to grow, there has been an ongoing debate over “bricks and mortar” sellers versus internet sellers, and many states are seeking “lost” sales tax revenue from these online activities.

Obamacare Lives -- For Now Anyway

Today certainly was a disappointing day for congressional Republicans. Since March 23, 2010, seven years ago yesterday, Republicans have wanted to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But, House Republican leadership was unable to satisfy enough members in their caucus to vote for their repeal and replacement bill, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

Time to Address FCC's Privacy Order

There is a point where over-regulation can lead to uncertainty.  Such is the case with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Privacy Order.

American Health Care Act -- A Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

The House Republicans have introduced a bill that will begin the process to repeal and replace Obamacare, entitled the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Obamacare is collapsing and Congress must act to stabilize and prevent further turmoil in the individual and small group health insurance market.

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