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Medicaid: The Feds Have Failed To Stop the Waste and Mismanagement, Let The States Try

Medicaid is losing billions to waste, fraud, and abuse, and the program is crushing state budgets  The feds haven't been able to fix it.  Let the states try.  

January 14, 2020 — Leslie Paige 1579037316

New USDA SNAP Rules and Work Requirements Come at the Perfect Time for Job Seekers

The December 2019 jobs report, released on January 10, 2020 confirms what everyone already knows; the economy is strong and the jobs market is robust. 

The U.S. added 145,000 new jobs in December, the unemployment rate persisted at a fifty-year low of 3.5 percent, and average earnings rose slightly, with the year over year gain at 2.9 percent.

January 10, 2020 — Leslie Paige 1578673914

New USDA Rule Will Help Reduce SNAP Abuse and Encourage Work

The program today has little meaningful oversight and is persistently susceptible to fraud.

December 5, 2019 — Leslie Paige 1575563995

USPS Ends Another Fiscal Year With Billion-Dollar Losses

There is no doubt that the USPS is facing a serious financial crisis.

November 15, 2019 — Peter Klensch 1573839828

Best Laid Plans: Another USPS IG Report, Another Failed Attempt to Save Money

As has been pointed out repeatedly in the past few years, United States Postal Service (USPS) management continues to struggle mightily to enact efficiencies or carve out savings from its operations.  And this continues to be the case despite the dramatic drop in mail volume and USPS Postmaster General (PMG) Megan Brennan’s regular declarations and testimony before Congress that her team is aggressively managing the business.  The USPS has had nearly thirteen consecutive years of losses

October 17, 2019 — Leslie Paige 1571343619

Hope Ahead for VA/DOD Interoperability

In 1982, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) were charged by Congress to share patient information for servicemembers transitioning from DOD into the VA health care system.  This transition process has been anything but seamless, with medical records being attached to gurneys each time a patient was moved, and hundreds of millions of dollars being wasted trying to develop an interoperable medical records system between the two departments. 

August 7, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1565182762

The Multiemployer Pensions Crisis Needs Reform, Not a Bailout

A billion-dollar taxpayer bailout of failing multiemployer pensions is on the horizon.

Ten years ago, subprime mortgages went from being a little-known form of lending to the precipitating factor in the international banking crisis that led to the Great Recession. Multiemployer pensions, which have been allowed to systematically underfund plans and make unrealistic assumptions on return rates, now have the potential to cause a similar economic crisis and necessitate another taxpayer bailout.

July 12, 2019 — Peter Klensch 1562948053

Taxpayers' Independence Day

The American people received an early Independence Day present on July 1 when President Trump signed into law H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019.

July 2, 2019 — Thomas Schatz 1562093152

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2019 Congressional Pig Book

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2019 Congressional Pig Book, the 27th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending.

USVI Should Avoid Repeating Municipal Broadband Failures

A U.S. Virgin Islands’ (USVI) public utility company is positioning itself to create a municipal broadband network that could come at the expense of hundreds of millions of duplicative taxpayer dollars under the guise of recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

May 21, 2019 — Peter Klensch 1558457027

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