WasteWatcher

WasteWatcher is CAGW's monthly dispatch to members of the news media. Culled from dense General Accounting Office reports, obscure news items, and the occasional account of a whistleblower, WasteWatcher's stories captured headlines by transforming the dry matter of federal financial management into side-splitting -- albeit infuriating -- tales of government ineptitude.

The North Carolina Winston-Salem Journal said of WasteWatcher that it is "a monthly publication that probably deserves wider dissemination than it gets...even heavily discounted to allow for the ax CAGW is grinding, the news from its reports is high in shock value and humor (of the gallows variety)."

Au Revoir, Paris Accord

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, June 2017

On June 1, 2017 President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Treaty, often called the Paris Agreement or Accord.  Based on the caterwauling and wringing of hands by environmentalists, the media, state and local officials, and foreign leaders, you would have thought that floods would be ensuing within days due to the... more

GAO Duplication Report Should Guide Trump

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, June 2017

Early in his presidency, Donald Trump has demonstrated through words and deeds a commitment to reforming and reorganizing the federal bureaucracy, including the elimination of waste, fraud, abuse and... more

Debt Ceiling: A Good Vehicle for Budget Process Reform

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, June 2017

On March 7, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that if the debt ceiling was not raised or extended before March 16, the U.S. Treasury would be unable to borrow funds for standard operating procedures.  Since... more

Congressional Appropriators: Rating the “Third Party”

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, June 2017

A practical reality of life on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a saying often attributed to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  In his book, Worth the Fighting for, Sen. McCain... more

The Jetsons and the Internet of Things

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, June 2017

“The Jetsons” was only on television for one season, 55 years ago, but it produced a lasting impression about an interconnected future.  The show didn’t use the term “Internet of Things,” but much of what took place fits into today’s technology. 

There were flying cars, jetpacks, robot maids, talking computers, moving... more

Setting the Internet Free

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, May 2017

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted by a 2-1 margin to open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket 17-108).  The NPRM proposes to restore the internet to a Title I information services... more

House Passes the American Health Care Act, Senate Up Next

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, May 2017

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213.  Only Republicans voted for the legislation; 20 Republicans and 193 Democrats voted no.  The... more

Safeguarding Infrastructure Investment

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, May 2017

As a candidate, President Trump pledged to invest in upgrading the country’s infrastructure.  While there is no formal plan to date from the White House, President Trump stated on May 1, 2017, that “If you have a job that you can't start within 90 days, we... more

HUD: Noble Motives, Fiscal Disaster

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, May 2017

The stated mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.”  While that goal is laudable, the systemic dysfunction that permeates the department will prove to be... more

Making Unauthorized Spending Wrong Again

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, May 2017

As President Donald J. Trump continues his campaign to “Make America Great Again,” Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will borrow on that theme, as described in the title of this article, by continuing to advocate for reforms of the way that Congress does business.  One of the best efforts in this regard is H.R. 2174,... more

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CAGW Names Sen. Bernie Sanders June 2017 Porker of the Month

Sen. Sanders is CAGW's June Porker of the Month for his foolish quest to impose a single-payer healthcare system on the United States.