Increase Transparency

Open, transparent government is a cornerstone of our democracy. Open government means public disclosure policies that enable citizens to access information about government agencies and Congress easily, which in turn will make public officials less secretive and hold them more accountable. ...More

Effective public disclosure requires that government agencies prioritize publicly important data, disclose and use new technologies, and make information about public and private goods and services available to the public in a clear and timely manner. More detailed, prompt public disclosure of lobbying information, for example, will help taxpayers better understand which special interests are attempting to influence policy.

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Statements

Comments on the Federal Coal Program Listening Sessions

September 17, 2015

Comments on the Federal Coal Program Listening Sessions Dear Secretary Jewell and Director Kornze: Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) provides the following comments to the BLM on fiscal issues... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA

May 07, 2015

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Project on Government Oversight sent the following letter to each member of the House of Representatives on... Read More

Our Take

Buildings to Fight ISIS? OCO Spending in Military Construction Appropriations

April 30, 2015

Buildings to Fight ISIS? OCO Spending in Military Construction Appropriations Representatives Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mulvaney (R-SC) are sponsoring amendments to cut several overseas military construction projects from... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and 46 Other Organizations Support FOIA Reform

February 06, 2015

TCS and 46 Other Organizations Support FOIA Reform On Thursday, TCS joined with 46 other organizations to send a letter to Congress in support of recent efforts to reform the Freedom of... Read More

Our Take

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request

September 23, 2014

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request On September 8th, the Pentagon sent the Congress a request to reprogram Overseas Contingency Operations funds to accelerate the buy of eight... Read More

Press Releases

Right, Left Groups React to Administration’s War Funding Request

June 26, 2014

Right, Left Groups React to Administration’s War Funding Request TCS joined with groups from the right & left to critique the Administration’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request as out of step with fiscal responsibility... Read More

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Reports & Data

Agricultural Conservation: A Farmer’s Risk Management Tool

July 28, 2015

Agricultural producers mitigate risks of doing business in various ways by utilizing private sector risk management options and enrolling in... Read More

Reports & Data

U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest Financials

March 16, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service publishes an annual report on its management of the Tongass National Forest, including a financial statement of what... Read More

Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of Representatives,... Read More

Fact Sheets

Plant Vogtle Reactors 3&4: Timeline of Taxpayer Concerns

February 19, 2014

In February 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally offered Southern Company and its partners a total of $8.33 billion in... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

From the Front Lines of a $1.8 Trillion National Budget Deal

January 21, 2016 | PR Week

Steve Ellis, VP of Taxpayers for Common Sense, talks about his work on the budget deal - the good, the bad, and the ridiculous... Read More

Lax Auditing Encouraged Overcharging by Medicare Advantage Plans

December 21, 2015 | NPR

Despite facing mounting evidence federal officials were overpaying some Medicare health plans by tens of millions of dollars a year, the... Read More

End the Temporary Tax Break Charade

December 02, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

With the clock counting down to the end of 2015, there is the usual flurry of activity in Congress to put together some kind of deal on the... Read More

New Databases Will Track Federal Cyber Policy and Spending

December 02, 2015 | Inside Cyber Security

Public interest groups plan to launch new databases for tracking federal deliberations and investments related to cybersecurity. The National... Read More

Omnibus Bills May Be Headed for Extinction in Congress

November 30, 2015 | Washington Examiner

The "omnibus" spending measure in Congress may be heading for extinction. Or at least a temporary hiatus. For more than a decade, lawmakers... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

January 29, 2016

Taming the Wild Wild Waste

Last week, while we at TCS were bracing for two feet of snow, the Department of the Interior quietly released a... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary