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)."

CFP-Bane: Warding Off the Unconstitutional CFPB

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, March 2017

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.

In... more

Obscuring the Cost Growth of the “Little Crappy Ship”

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, March 2017

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... more

The Risky Business of Federal IT

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, March 2017

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  The commission found that the federal government’s computer systems were outdated and incompatible, and much more needed to be done to upgrade... more

To Kill or Not to Kill Quill

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, March 2017

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... more

Tackling Obamacare Through Administrative Action

By Elizabeth Wright

WasteWatcher, February 2017

The process of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is underway.  While Republicans in Congress are anxious for Obamacare to disappear as soon as possible, most Democrats want the healthcare reform law to be preserved and “fixed.”

On January 20, the day... more

GAO’s High Risk List: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, February 2017

The latest iteration of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) biennial High-Risk Series, released on February 15, 2017, added three programs and removed one.  The new areas included programs serving Indian tribes, environmental liabilities, and the 2020 census, while... more

Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, February 2017

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald J. Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks. ... more

The Postal Service Reform Act Does Not Deliver

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, February 2017

It is no secret that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is broke and broken.  The agency’s low standards of delivery are rarely achieved, it has billions in losses and unfunded ... more

Securing the Border: A Cautionary Tale

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, February 2017

The promise to build a wall and secure the southern border of the United States was perhaps President Donald Trump’s most well-known campaign pledge.  On January 25, 2017, he signed two executive... more

Caution Needed When Building Digital Bridges

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, February 2017

When one thinks about infrastructure, roads and bridges usually come to mind.  These structures not only carry physical vehicles; they also provide the capacity to run wires above ground for telecommunications systems.  These systems can also be built underground, and in the case of wireless broadband communications, ride over... more

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CAGW Names Rep. Steny Hoyer April 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's April Porker of the Month for his ridiculous attack on the most pro-taxpayer budget proposal in decades.