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

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

Our Take

Tax Extenders Updates

June 03, 2014

Tax Extenders Updates The table below lists the tax extenders passed by the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee so far. None of these... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Plant Vogtle Federal Loan Guarantees: Credit Ratings

February 19, 2014

Unlike personal credit scores that indicate how likely individuals are to repay a loan by looking at our history, when financial... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

How Congress Hopes to De-Earmark Trade Earmarks

May 20, 2015 | The Washington Post

Caught in the crossfire of a ban on earmarks are little-known, specialized tax breaks members of Congress long secured for businesses back... Read More

Budget Gimmicks Are the New Normal

May 20, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Budget gimmicks seem to be the new normal in Washington. Straightforward budgeting, where the president proposes and the Congress disposes,... Read More

K St. Swarms on Pentagon’s ‘Wish Lists’

April 16, 2015 | The Hill

The re-emergence of Pentagon “wish lists” to Congress has ignited a fierce lobbying battle among some of the world’s largest contractors, who... Read More

Patrick Murphy Voted for Free Lifetime Health Care for Congress, GOP Group Says

March 27, 2015 | Politifact

The 2016 Senate race in Florida officially kicked into high gear March 23 when U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, became the first major... Read More

5 Gimmicks in the GOP’s “Gimmick-Free” Budget

March 18, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

The new House GOP budget for fiscal 2016 declares that “we do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks” to slash spending by $5.5... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 20, 2015

Broken Budget Promises

Budget battles are never pretty, particularly when the White House is in the hands of one political party and... Read More