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.




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. 

De Blasio’s Trolley Goes Off The Rails

A trickle of negative stories about New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s (D) proposed Brooklyn-Queens waterfront trolley, known as the BQX, has turned into a deluge. 

House Subcommittee Concerned over "Too Big to Fail" Mentality at NASA

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Space met to discuss the rising cost and schedule overruns at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  These overruns were attributed to what NASA Inspector General Paul Martin described as a “too big to fail” optimism at the agency, lack of consequences for failing to complete programs on time, and an ignorance of the technical complexity of projects.

House Appropriations Boosts Spending for Costly F-35 Program… Again

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the House Committee on Appropriations passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations bill by a vote of 48-4.  The bill provides $674.6 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense (DOD), including $606.5 billion in base discretionary spending as well as $68.1 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.  As has become commonplace, this annual legislation provides funding for programs that the DOD simply does not need, including an increase in

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