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)."

Waste Watcher on ONDCP: Wasted Efforts in the War on Drugs

By Courtney Mickman

Wastewatcher, March 2006

The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was established in 1988 to develop and coordinate policies and objectives to... more

The CVC - Not a Capitol Idea

By Jessica Shoemaker

Wastewatcher, March 2006

With 580,000 square feet, three underground stories, and space three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) is a monument to Congress’s own excess.  It was recently announced that the project is experiencing yet another cost increase and construction delay.  On February 15, an official from the... more

Taxpayers Get Charged Overtime

By Michael Brown

Wastewatcher, March 2006

In March 2005, The Record revealed that more than 100 retired police officers with the New York Port Authority (PA) are getting at least $100,000 a year in pensions.  Because many senior PA cops were logging long hours of overtime, and because overtime is included in pension calculations, retirees are receiving up to double the... more

The WHIP Act: Smart Health Policy

By Emilia Sclafani

Wastewatcher, February 2006

Many Americans are overweight.  While cries of an obesity “epidemic” are overblown, there is no question that treatments for obesity-related illnesses impose enormous costs on the nation’s healthcare system.  Many federal, state, and local governments have spent large sums of money on programs to pressure Americans to lose weight. ... more

The Wal-Mart Bill

By Elizabeth L. Wright

Wastewatcher, February 2006

In January, the Maryland legislature overrode Governor Bob Ehrlich’s veto of the Fair Share Act.  The legislation requires all businesses in the state of Maryland with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health benefits or pay the difference in a tax.  Although there are several large... more

Bingo Terror

By Jessica Shoemaker

Wastewatcher, February 2006

In October 2005, the Kentucky Office of Charitable Gaming won a $36,300 grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect bingo halls from terrorists.  The money will pay for laptop computers with access to a law-enforcement database.  Authorities are concerned that terrorists may attempt to raise large amounts of... more

“Buy America” Rips Off America

By De’Andre Anderson

Wastewatcher, January 2006

“Buy America” provisions have been insterted into legislation, especially defense bills, for many years.  Usually, such provisions are removed from the final version of the defense legislation.  That happened late last year, when Senate leaders and administration officials convinced House Services Committee Chairman... more

Government Credit Cards and Hurricane Katrina

By Katherine Walkenhorst

Wastewatcher, January 2006

The damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina left no question that taxpayers would be paying a hefty bill for rescue and reconstruction.  In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, more than $39 million of that bill was paid for by federal employees with government credit cards.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will... more


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