CAGW Releases March 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 28, 2017  

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

Obamacare Still Vulnerable to Fraud

By Curtis Kalin

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.  Read the full story here.

America First, Duplicative Programs Last

By Rachel Cole

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.  Read the full story here.

CFP-Bane: Warding Off the Unconstitutional CFPB

By William M. Christian

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.  Read the full story here.

Obscuring the Cost Growth of the “Little Crappy Ship”

By Sean Kennedy

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.  Read the full story here.

The Risky Business of Federal IT

By Deborah Collier

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.  That is still true today, as more than 75 percent of the $80 billion spent annually on federal IT is being used for the operation and maintenance of legacy systems, some of which were built in the 1960s.  Read the full story here.

To Kill or Not to Kill Quill

By Andrew Nehring

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.  Read the full story here.

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