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Potential Savings Exist in DOD Budget

Faced with a historic national debt and a projected $2.2 trillion deficit over the next two years, the country’s leadership is currently grappling with ways to reduce spending. One program which politicians from both sides of the aisle agree should...

March 12, 2012
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DHS Grants: Legacy of Waste

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. prioritized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to prepare state and local emergency personnel for further incidences of terrorism or other catastrophic events. However, like most...

February 27, 2012
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Minibus Drives Savings

On November 18, 2011, President Obama signed the “minibus” appropriations legislation, which contained three fiscal year (FY) appropriations bills: the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies...

January 30, 2012
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MEADS Test "Successful," Cost and Purpose Uncertain

In an apparent last-ditch attempt to secure funding for the troubled Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, MEADS International, the primary contractor comprised of Lockheed Martin and MBDA, conducted a flight test at the White Sands...

December 21, 2011
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Earmark Moratorium: Earmarks Live On, Transparency Does Not

Considering that an earmark moratorium is in effect, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)’s Pork Patrol sure seems to be uncovering a lot of earmarks. When the one-year earmark moratorium was announced for fiscal year (FY) 2012, seasoned...

November 26, 2011
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Government in the Grocery Cart: $15 Billion to Influence Consumer Behavior

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is wrought with onerous mandates, tax increases, Medicare cuts, unfunded Medicaid expansions, and numerous budgetary gimmicks. One egregious provision in the PPACA included $500 million in FY...

November 26, 2011
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Senate Backtracks on MEADS, Supplies Earmark

Created in 1995, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is a collaborative missile defense project intended to replace the Patriot Missile system, which has been used by the U.S. and its allies for decades.  A Memorandum of Understanding...

October 14, 2011
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Progress in Campaign to End MEADS

Created in 1995, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is a collaborative missile defense project intended to replace the Patriot Missile system, which has been used by the U.S. and its allies for decades. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU...

July 22, 2011
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USPS in Disarray

The problems facing the United States Postal Service (USPS) are legion. On May 11, 2011 five USPS supervisors from Michigan and Ohio were charged with taking bribes consisting of cash, cars, drinks, and lap dances. In return, the supervisors...

June 27, 2011
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The Pig Book is Dead, Long Live the Pig Book

Every year around tax day, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) holds its infamous press conference to release the annual Congressional Pig Book, which highlights the most egregious earmarks stuffed by members of Congress into the 12...

April 26, 2011
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Earmark Moratorium Backlash

After years of feeding at the trough, it appears that some members of Congress are not adapting well to the newly imposed two-year earmark moratorium. Despite affirmation by congressional leaders that earmarks will not exist in the 112th Congress,...

March 30, 2011
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Future of Earmarks Remains Vague

Predicting the future of earmarks can be a bit like peering into a crystal ball.

February 27, 2011

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