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 Invasive Nature of “Net Neutrality”

By Katherine Walkenhorst

WasteWatcher, April 2006

The world has seen an incredible increase in computer and Internet capabilities over the last decade.  This expansion has been spurred by the capitalist principles of competition.  The dynamism of the Internet is now being threatened by politicians who want to regulate it.  If implemented, regulation will stifle competition, raise... more

Taxpayers Get Railroaded

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, April 2006

In an emergency supplemental appropriations bill designed to provide $92 billion for the war on terror and hurricane relief, Mississippi Senators Trent Lott (R) and Thad Cochran (R) added $700 million to relocate newly repaired railroad tracks.  The costly pork barrel project has been jammed into an already bloated bill which currently... more

Waste on a Plane

By Jessica Shoemaker

WasteWatcher, April 2006

Any traveler would prefer champagne, fine dining, and ample leg room on their next plane flight.  However, most people either cannot afford a premium class ticket or deem it not worth the extra expense.  Charging the tickets to the government has a way of changing the equation.  An April 2006 Government Accountability Office report... more

Iowa Nonprofit is Latest Earmark Outrage

By Tom Finnigan

WasteWatcher, April 2006

The Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium (CIETC) is a nonprofit organization that provides job-training services for the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) program.  As extensively reported by The Des Moines Register, the group’s top three executives were recently fired after a state audit found that they collected a... more

Mrs. Bush, too, Loves the Earmarks

By Charles Tong

Wastewatcher, March 2006

It’s funny how sometimes we just disregard the Constitution and the specific powers it gives to each branch of the federal government. I learned as well as many others in the ninth grade that the power of the purse is given to the Congress, so the citizens have some influence and comments on how their tax dollars were going to be spent.... more

Congress Not Seeing Drug War Waste

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

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

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