The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher 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.




Feds Need to Protect Taxpayer Information Better

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk online activities pose to privacy and data security following the Equifax data breach and Cambridge Analytica’s use of social media sites to collect information about potential voters.  It is understandable that consumers are concerned about how private companies protect their information; what should be of greater concern is whether the federal governmen

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Déjà vu All Over Again

On September 6, 2008, mortgage giants and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into federal conservatorship in the wake of the housing market crash and global financial crisis. 

Nearly a decade later, neither the GSEs, the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA), nor Congress have offered any viable plans to unwind these entities and release them from taxpayer-backed financial foster care. 

President Trump’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Costs: A Lot to Unpack

On Friday, May 11, President Trump released his report on what his administration will do to lower drug costs.

Creating a SMARTER Merger Review Process

The ongoing saga of the AT&T/Time Warner merger, and the April 29, 2018 announcement by T-Mobile and Sprint that they would begin merger proceedings underpin the need for a streamlined, consistent merger application process.  Federal regulators must provide companies with procedural certainty and clarity that will benefit not only the companies involved but also consumers.

The Net Neutrality Sham

Among the many problems with Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) is the gaping hole in privacy protection that will occur if the legislation is enacted into law.  It is the one issue that supporters do not wish to be brought up or discussed publicly in their zeal to overturn the RIFO.

NAFTA Negotiators Should Promote Strong IP Rights

As the May 18 deadline for negotiating a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) looms, negotiators should consider closely how intellectual property (IP) rights will be treated between the countries involved.

President Trump's Drug Costs Proposals Coming Soon

The President has already made some good policy decisions and has offered other proposals that will help to lower drug costs.

New Jersey Politicians Argue About Which Taxes To Raise

There is a lesson to be learned from the dispute between political insiders in New Jersey that has unfolded over the last couple of months regarding raising taxes. 

FDA Study on BPA: Nothing's Changed Since February

You may recall a March 5, WasteWatcher blog, “New FDA Report on BPA: It is Still Safe,” which discussed a pre-peer review draft study released by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on bisphenol A (BPA), a compound used to produce plastic products and epoxy resins used in food and beverage can linings.  The study, two-years in length and the largest ever conducted on BPA, took place at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

New York Politicians Wage War on Plastic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, both Democrats, are widely reported not to get along very well.  But they have at least one thing in common: they are waging a war on plastic products. 

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