The need to modernize federal information technology (IT) is being taken seriously by the Trump administration.  One of the President’s early White House appointments was for Reed Cordish to become Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives.  He has also created the White House Office of Innovation, headed by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, and has met with more than 100 business leaders and government officials to discuss issues related to technology. 

Restoring State Authority for Lifeline

In another sign of better times for taxpayers and consumers at the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Ajit Pai is taking steps to address jurisdictional problems created by his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, regarding the Lifeline program. Citizens Against Government Waste has long reported on problems with the program, which is supposed to provide low-income households with subsidized telephone services and wireless services.

The Sky Is Clearing, Not Falling, on Internet Privacy

The hysteria and hyperbole about online privacy needs to stop following House passage of S. J. Res. 34, which invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Federal Communications Commission’s Privacy Order.

CAGW Releases March 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 28, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its March 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its March edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

The Risky Business of Federal IT

Information technology (IT) has consistently been a top priority for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) since it was founded in 1984 following the release of the Grace Commission report.  The commission found that the federal government’s computer systems were outdated and incompatible, and much more needed to be done to upgrade and improve the efficiency of federal IT.

CAGW Names Sen. Al Franken March 2017 Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 23, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) its March 2017 Porker of the Month for his absurd defense of the bureaucratic takeover of the internet.

Time to Address FCC's Privacy Order

There is a point where over-regulation can lead to uncertainty.  Such is the case with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Privacy Order.

Reply Comments Regarding the FCC's Privacy Rules


Washington, D.C.

In the Matter of Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services

WC Docket No. 16-106

Reply Comments of 

Thomas A. Schatz
Citizens Against Government Waste

June 27, 2016


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CAGW Names Montana Gov. Steve Bullock February 2018 Porker of the Month

Gov. Bullock is CAGW's Porker of the Month for issuing an executive order that would rob Montana consumers of a 21st century internet.