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The Swine Line

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.


Can You Repeat That ... Please?

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Park Service (NPS) included testimony by Director Jonathan Jarvis and Department of the Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall.  The purpose of the hearing was to examine how the NPS handles cases of misconduct and unethical behavior and it examined serious issues such as sexual harassment.  To say the hearing was eye-opening and disturbing is an understatement.  Little has been done by the NPS to take any disciplin

Stop Making Excuses for Obamacare

The Obamacare insurance exchanges are not functioning according to plan. At the hands of insurers and the flawed six-year-old act, patients, taxpayers, and businesses have been handcuffed into paying increasingly high premiums, are facing less consumer choice in coverage, and Americans are quickly finding health care to be just what the Obama administration has fought against: unaffordable.

Purple Money

The largest public-private partnership (P3) in the U.S. is expected to start construction by the end of the year sits just outside the Capital Beltway in Maryland.  What Maryland calls the Purple Line, we consider a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.

Time for a Time-Out on Set-Top Box Mandates

It is doubtful the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman thought there would be much concern about his proposed mandates on set-top box standards, which would allow third parties access to program guides and video content without needing to be licensed.  Obviously, he was wrong.

House Budget Committee Hearing on Unauthorized Programs and Mandatory Spending

On June 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Budget held a hearing titled, “The Need to Control Automatic Spending and Unauthorized Programs.”  The witnesses included:  the Honorable David Walker, former Comptroller General to the United States; Stuart Butler, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute; and Lily Batchelder, a professor of public policy at the New York University School of Law. 

Next on Hotel Hell: City of Baltimore

For eight consecutive years, the city-owned and operated Hilton Baltimore has lost money, $5.2 million in 2015.

Keeping Internet Governance in the U.S.

On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would not renew its contract to oversee the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in September 2015.  The announcement called into question what governing body would provide the necessary oversight of the organization in order to prevent another government from taking control of the Internet.

New Air Force Tanker Unable to Refuel Planes

Boeing is set to miss a significant contractual deadline in its KC-46 tanker program.

According to a May 27, 2016 Defense News article, the contractor was supposed to deliver 18 aircraft to the Air Force by August 2017, the latest (and most significant) of many delays in the KC-46 program.  The planes will now arrive by January 2018.

Senate Hearing on TSA Operations: Frustrated Travelers and Threats to Aviation

This morning, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Frustrated Travelers:  Rethinking TSA Operations to Improve Passenger Screening and Address Threats to Aviation.”

The witnesses included:

The Honorable Peter V. Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jennifer Grover, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Hensarling’s CHOICE: “Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs”

With his newest catch-phrase, “Economic Growth for All, and Bank Bailouts for None,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) unveiled the key principles underpinning his proposal to replace the Dodd-Frank Act with “real reforms that work,” in a speech earlier today to the Economic Club of New York.

The following represent the key principles of the “Financial CHOICE Act,” to be introduced as legislation in the near future:

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