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.




Streamlining 5G Deployment

On June 28, 2018, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced S.

FCC Works Through the Mid-Band Spectrum

On July 12, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band (GN Docket No. 18-122).

President Trump’s Postal Task Force Should Consider Locality Pay

There are many commonsense reforms that the task force should examine that could put the USPS on a sustainable financial path and help it perform more like a private-sector business.

GAO Releases Another Troubling Report on 340B Drug Discount Program

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been concerned with the 340B Drug Discount program for some time.  On June 28, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released, “Drug Discount Program: Federal Oversight of Compliance at 340B Contract Pharmacies Needs Improvement.”  The report adds to the growing mountain of evidence that the discount program is out of control and is in dire need of restructuring.

Seattle's Plastic Straw Ban is Unnecessary and Counterproductive

On July 1, 2018, plastic straws will be banned in Seattle.  No more will children be able to use the straw included with their juice box; no more will a couple on a date be able to order one drink with two plastic straws; you’ll have to navigate the ice in that vodka on the rocks without the benefit of a plastic straw.

CAGW Signs Coalition Letter Supporting Safety Net 340B Drug Program Reforms

On June 18, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) became one of 58 diverse organizations that signed onto a letter congratulating Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for the actions his agency is taking to reform and return the Safety Net 340B Drug Program back to its original intent of helping uninsured, low-income people get access to affordable prescription drugs.  These proposals can be found in President Trump’s blueprint to lower

Senate Farm Bill is a Disaster for Work Requirements

The strong economy offers much to celebrate.  Regulatory relief and the Trump tax cuts have sent the unemployment rate to historic lows, resulting in a booming business climate, higher wages, and more take home pay. 

DOE Prepares Bailout for Unprofitable Power Plants

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has said that the country has ample power to supply market needs. FERC intervened and stopped an attempt by the Department of Energy (DOE) to pick winners and losers in the energy market when it unanimously rejected DOE’s proposal to bailout nuclear and coal.

FCC Should Focus on Economic Benefits of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

On June 18, 2018, T-Mobile and Sprint submitted their requests with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approval to merge their companies together to form a stronger, more nimble company called New T-Mobile.  With this merger request, one can expect the usual outcry of those who believe that competition of three is anti-competitive, and the wireless marketplace requires a fourth competitor. 

F-35: More Money, More Problems

The acquisition misadventures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program have been well-documented.  In development for nearly 17 years and seven years behind schedule, the program is approximately $173 billion over budget and has encountered an abundance of persistent issues.  An April 2015 Government Accountability Office report noted that the lifetime operation and maintenance costs of the most expensive weapon system in history will total approximately $1 trillion. 

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