Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers. The stories from December’s WasteWatcher edition are listed in part as follows:
Where’s Your Data?
By William M. Christian
Radio shock jock Doug “The Greaseman” Tracht in the 1980s and funny man Dennis Miller in the 1990s had a shared catch-phrase, “Who’s your daddy?” that evolved into a taunting expression of superiority over the respondent. Read the full story here
By P.J. Austin
The 112th Congress made progress toward enacting a new Farm Bill, but eventually settled on a one-year extension. In the 113th Congress, the House and Senate passed their own versions of the Farm Bill, but unfortunately for taxpayers, the bills are still rife with profligate subsidies and outdated programs. Read the full story here.
By Deborah Collier
The federal government is expected to spend $81 billion in information technology (IT) in fiscal year 2014. Management and effectively monitoring IT investments is critical during this time when budgets are constrained by sequestration. Read the full story here.
By Alexandra Booze
Numbers certainly rule The National Aeronautic Space Association’s (NASA) universe. When it comes to solving complex formulas to calculate the orbit of a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the exact second when space particles disappear into a black hole, or the amount of oxygen needed for human life to orbit the moon. Read the full story here.
By Elizabeth Wright
Obamacare is a top-down, authoritarian law that has already spawned untold confusion, astronomical costs, and widespread dysfunction. Still, in an attempt to confer an air of finality to the whole mess and deter the law’s opponents from attempting to repeal or replace it, Obamacare supporters are vested in the narrative that. Read the full story here.
CAGW is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.