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)."

The Dangers of Single-Payer Healthcare

By Margaret Platt

Wastewatcher, July 2017

CAGW’s June 2017 Porker of the Month was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who earned the “honor” in part due to his outspoken and unwavering support of the single-payer healthcare system.  Sen. Sanders touts the system as the “morally principled” option; in reality, it would create long waiting times, cause a massive increase in taxes, and... more

Vacant VA Buildings Cost Taxpayers Millions

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, July 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has gone through many trials and travails over the past several years.  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) exposed another aspect of the department that enables waste and mismanagement.

A July 12, 2017 GAO report... more

FCC Chairman Takes Action to Fix Lifeline

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, July 2017

It is mind-boggling when the government continues to squander money on a program that has been on the front line of wasteful spending, and program abuse.  Yet, that is exactly what the Universal Service Fund (USF) continues to do with through Low-Income Support program, which provides subsidies to low-income households for... more

The 21st AIRR Act Takes Off

By Rachel Cole

Wastewatcher, July 2017

On June 22, 2017, House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.  The legislation will provide for a six-year... more

ATC Privatization Would Bring U.S. Airport Industry to New Heights

By RJ Meiers

WasteWatcher, July 2017

On June 5, 2017 President Donald Trump announced his proposal to privatize the  Air Traffic Control (ATC) system as part of a broader plan to drastically improve American infrastructure. Approximately 932 million Americans... more

The FDA Should Pave the Way to Tobacco Harm Reduction

By Elizabeth Wright

July 2017 WasteWatcher

Passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) in June 2009 gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory control over tobacco products.  The purpose of the TCA, as stated in the bill’s report language, was to permit the FDA... more

The Cuba Embargo: A Personal Observation

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, July 2017

In June, 2017, representatives from a handful of right-leaning organizations, including Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), participated in a “people-to-people” delegation to Cuba.  The “educational outreach” trip was arranged by Engage Cuba, “the leading coalition of private companies... more

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

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Citizens Against Government Waste Names Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz July 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Chaffetz is CAGW's July Porker of the Month for advocating for taxpayer-funded housing for members of Congress