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California High-Speed Rail: Way Off Track

In November 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.95 billion bond measure to fund part of the state’s share of the proposed high-speed rail line from Anaheim to San Francisco. The bond was approved by a narrow margin of 52.7 percent...

CAGW Staff January 30, 2012
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Federal Contractor Pensions Protected at Taxpayers’ Expense

Taxpayers may be surprised to learn that they are currently bankrolling the retirement plans of profitable, private sector companies. With a record-breaking national debt, a sinking economy, and millions of Americans facing losses to their own...

CAGW Staff January 30, 2012
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Two Different Worlds: Public vs. Private Sector Compensation

Despite the popular belief that federal employees are underpaid public servants, the data tells a very different story. When all of the factors that affect compensation are accounted for, there is significant evidence that federal employees make...

CAGW Staff January 12, 2012
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Sequestration Option Discussed After Super Committee Fails to Deliver

Since the Budget Control Act (BCA) was signed into law on August 2, 2011, all eyes had been on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. With a looming $15 trillion national debt, weak economy and failing financial markets, this “Super...

CAGW Staff December 21, 2011
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On Fannie, Freddie, and the FHA, Two Steps Back

Taxpayers are both in awe of and enraged by the schizophrenic behavior of government officials and lawmakers when it comes to taking action on the nation’s thorniest public policy conundrums. Over and over, taxpayers hear the rhetoric emanating from...

Leslie Paige December 21, 2011
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Another Failing Federal Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electrification Administration (REA) program began during the New Deal Era of the 1930’s. The program’s primary goal was to promote rural electrification to farmers and residents in out of the way...

Deborah Collier December 21, 2011
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GAO Skewers United Launch Alliance Contract Plans

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program began in 1995 and was designed to allow the Department of Defense (DOD) access to space with the intention of reducing the cost of satellite launches by at least 25 percent while striving for up...

CAGW Staff December 21, 2011
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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...

Sean Kennedy 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...

Sean Kennedy 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...

Sean Kennedy November 26, 2011
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FCC Delivers a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is dropping a regulatory turkey on everyone’s doorstep. On November 20, 2011, the final rules of the “Open Internet Order,” also known as net neutrality, become...

Deborah Collier November 26, 2011
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Time to De-friend Bad Federal Contractors

Waste and fraud among federal government contractors and vendors is nothing new. Congress after Congress has tried to put an end to the abuses to no avail. Although the number of contractors added to the Excluded Parties List System (identifying...

CAGW Staff November 26, 2011

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