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.




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. 

EPA to Implement Transparency Requirements for Scientific Studies: It's About Time

The rule will “ensure that the regulatory science underlying agency actions is fully transparent, and that underlying scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”

Recognizing the Value of Women’s Intellectual Property Rights on World IP Day

The creative influence of women around the globe is of critical importance to innovation.

Without Oversight, RUS Broadband Grant Program Could Follow Path of Stimulus

The recently released Farm Bill contained many of the same wasteful spending items found in past Farm Bills, but also held a few surprises that if not contained with transparency and appropriate oversight could lead to further wasteful spending.

Major legislation aims to slash Pentagon bureaucracy and waste

On April 17, 2018, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chairman of the powerful House Committee on Armed Services, revealed a far-reaching proposal targeting the Defense Department’s so-called “Fourth Estate” agencies, which are maintained by around 200,000 civilian personnel and 600,000 contractors.

The Fourth Circuit Was Right to Reject Price Controls for Generic Drugs

This prudent decision will send a strong message to other state legislatures across the country not to pursue similar legislation.

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