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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Letters & Testimony

Coalition Gives CBO Recommendations on How to Improve Transparency

June 19, 2017

Coalition Gives CBO Recommendations on How to Improve Transparency TCS joined a wide coalition giving the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recommendations on how to improve transparency. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Committee Votes Should be Recorded For Legislation Approving More Than $100 Million

September 14, 2016

Committee Votes Should be Recorded For Legislation Approving More Than $100 Million TCS joined other fiscal conservative organizations to tell Congress they should require a recorded committee vote on legislation approving... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and POGO on Transparency in Department of Interior

August 31, 2016

TCS and POGO on Transparency in Department of Interior Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Project on Government Oversight sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior urging them to include... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules

August 24, 2016

Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules TCS joins 40 organizations from across the political spectrum to decry provisions that would let the Pentagon skirt recently strengthened... Read More


Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act

July 13, 2016

Statement by Ms. Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense on Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Introducing the Debt... Read More

Our Take

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... Read More

More in-depth material from TCS in Increase Transparency

Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

June 02, 2017 > Updated: June 02, 2017

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

Fact Sheets

How to Increase the Benefits from Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

October 31, 2016

Covering more than 40 percent of land area in the United States, crop and ranchlands have a significant impact on the... Read More


Golden Fleece: The Air Force B-21 Raider Attack on Your Wallet

October 04, 2016

TCS Awards its Golden Fleece Award to the U.S. Air Force for refusing to release the overall costs of the B-21 bomber... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

How to Have an Honest Budget | Op-Ed

December 15, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

These 4 steps can help Congress fix the budget process. Now that Congress has effectively kicked the can down the road, once again, by... Read More

Contractor Won Weak Bomber Oversight, McCain Says

December 13, 2016 | Roll Call

House and Senate negotiators writing a final defense authorization bill quietly deleted or diluted tough provisions affecting the Air Force’s... Read More

Shame on Congress if it grants even more secrecy to Pentagon

September 10, 2016 | Star Tribune

An inspector general report at the Pentagon concluded in 2013 that its computer systems were dangerously vulnerable to hackers. At least 49... Read More

The Interior Department is too secretive with its public land policy.

August 31, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Across the federal government, information is too often locked away in what amounts to a black box. In some instances, the government... Read More

US Think Tanks Seek Info on Carbon Capture Tax Credit

August 11, 2016 | Tax News

On August 9, Green Scissors, a coalition between Friends of the Earth, the R Street Institute, and Taxpayers for Common Sense, announced it... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... Read More

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