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Fifteen Years Later, the Defense Travel System is Still a Mess

The DTS distributed nearly $1 billion in improper payments over a three-year period.

August 16, 2019
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Air Force's Decline in Mission-Capable Aircraft Continues

The Air Force struggles to field mission-capable aircraft.  This is caused by an aging fleet and the failure of new aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter. 

July 30, 2019
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Spidey Sense Signals Incoming Pork

The United States spends approximately 3.2 percent of gross domestic product on defense each year, good for

June 5, 2019
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Members of Congress Again Fail to Learn a Lesson

On May 20, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020. 

May 23, 2019
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The Pentagon Failed an Audit it Never Expected, or Tried, to Pass

Washington Examiner: The DoD remains the sole federal agency that has not undergone a clean audit.

December 19, 2018
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DOD Auditors Swing and Miss

Auditors at the Department of Defense (DOD) have provided a blueprint for underachieving students everywhere:  they may have failed the test, but they never expected to pass!

November 16, 2018
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Lost in Space: New Branch Makes Little Sense

Citizens Against Government Waste has previously covered the idea of creating a sixth military branch. 

October 4, 2018
The WasteWatcher

F-35: More Money, More Problems

The acquisition misadventures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program have been well-documented.  In development for nearly 17 years and seven years behind schedule, the program is approximately $173 billion over budget and has encoun

June 18, 2018
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Safeguarding Infrastructure Investment

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...

May 19, 2017
The WasteWatcher

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

The least favorite government agency during the month of April is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (although that may be true every month of the year).  During the 2015 tax season, only 38 percent of phone calls were answered, as the IRS hung up...

April 18, 2017
The WasteWatcher

Waste Abounds in the Land of the Midnight Sun

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing to consider the construction of a road linking the town of King Cove to Cold Bay, and the latter’s all-weather airport.  At issue is H.R.

April 5, 2017
The WasteWatcher

Obscuring the Cost Growth of the "Little Crappy Ship"

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 firepower...

March 28, 2017

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