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The Swine Line is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.


911 Funds Should Support 911 Functions

The 911 system is a valuable emergency communications tool available nationwide, and supported, in part, through fees typically designated as either 911 funds or enhanced 911 (E-911) fees.  Those fees are deposited into funds that are supposed to be set aside for improvements to the 911 emergency calling systems for both wireline and wireless devices within each state.

Admitting Failure is the First Step Toward Success

If President Obama's State of the Union Address could be said to have a message - a common thread, as it were - that message might have been, "There is a whole pile of wonderful legislation with bipartisan support just waiting to be passed.  What are you waiting for, Congress?"

GAO Releases Updated High-Risk Series

Every two years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report listing areas in the federal government it deems are at a high-risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.  The most recent version, Released on February 13, 2013, identified 30 such areas, the same as the last report.

Dire Straits – USPS Floundering

Those were the exact words of the United States Post Office’s (USPS) Postmaster General (PMG) Patrick Donahoe earlier this week during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The hearing came just days after the USPS announced that it will move to terminate Saturday delivery of first class mail on August 5, 2013.

Heads in the Sand (or somewhere else)

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today became the latest in a growing list of Democrats who claim that the federal government does not have a spending problem.  It is not clear where their heads are located, but surely these members of Congress are either being deliberately obtuse or operating on a set of assumptions from some parallel universe.

BTOP Program Overbuilds Fiber in Colorado

On February 7, 2013, KUSA-Channel 9 News in Denver, Colorado investigated issues related to the administration of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant within the state of Colorado, which is reportedly using the funding to build new fiber optic lines alongside those already in existence in direct competition with local telecommunication providers.  In 2009, Congress passed the Recovery Act on the premise that it would create new jobs and help the economy grow.  I

One for Three, and Savings for All

“To sequester, or not to sequester?”

Rep. Pelosi’s Comment Misses the Mark on the U.S. Budget Problem

This weekend, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke with Chris Matthews on "Fox News Sunday."  During the interview, Pelosi delivered a quote that may be the early front runner for most absurd quote of 2013: “It is almost a false argument to say that we have a spending problem.  We have a budget deficit problem.”  Needless to say, it is very difficult to understand where Leader Pelosi is coming from on this one.  Budget deficit problems don’t spawn out of thin air…

Odd Choices in Afghanistan

In late December 2012, the United States Air Force (USAF) did not renew its contract with Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian-based defense contractor Finmeccanica, to refurbish and supply 20 G222s (also known as the C-27A) for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).  Primarily used for casualty evacuation and to resupply forward bases, the G222s in Afghanistan were grounded for several months in 2011-2012 because of maintenance-related issues.  Although taxpayers have

It Isn’t 1996 Anymore

The year was 1996.  Bill Clinton was in the White House; scientists reported that there might be life on Mars; Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born; the T.V. hospital show E.R.

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