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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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

Letters & Testimony

Re HR 4435: National Defense Authorization Act

May 21, 2014

Re HR 4435: National Defense Authorization Act This morning Taxpayers for Common Sense joined an ideologically diverse coalition calling on the House to accept certain amendments to the... Read More

Our Take

Precursor Earmarks in Defense Authorization Bill?

May 13, 2014

In today’s Washington Post, there’s a story about a provision that was tucked into the FY15 National Defense Authorization. The provision... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Official TCS Comments on Farm Bill Implementation

April 11, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense submitted comments to the Federal Register concerning the Department of Agriculture's implementation of the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Public Input on National Defense Authorization Act

March 20, 2014

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Public Input on National Defense Authorization Act TCS asks Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to open committee’s consideration of the Pentagon spending bill... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill 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

Plant Vogtle Reactors 3&4: Timeline of Taxpayer Concerns 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

Plant Vogtle Federal Loan Guarantees: Credit Ratings Unlike personal credit scores that indicate how likely individuals are to repay a loan by looking at our history, when financial... Read More

Policy Briefs

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013

October 01, 2013

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013 The Senate's Environment and Public Works committee is taking up a water project bill that could cost taxpayers billions.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

The Congressional to-do list and your money

July 24, 2014 | WJLA ABC 7

With an August break just two weeks away, Congress is facing a long to-do list with bills covering things from highway funds to... Read More

Taxpayer Group Knocks Senate Defense Spending Bill

July 21, 2014 | CQ Roll Call Defense Blog

Taxpayers for Common Sense found fault with the House’s fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, and the group now has its share of gripes with... Read More

5 Reasons the Appropriations Process Matters

July 18, 2014 | US News & World Report

Passing spending bills can be tough work, but it's time Congress exercised its legislating muscles.... Read More

Congress won’t have to detail lobbyist trips; Critic says lack of disclosure is effort to avoid accountability

July 17, 2014 | Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Federal lawmakers and their staffs don't have to be quite as up front about taking lobbyist-funded trips after a change quietly sneaked into... Read More

Travels With Don: The Lobbyists, the Nilgai and the Handsome Ranch Foreman

July 16, 2014 | OpenSecrets.org

In 2004, Randy DeLay was asked by the commissioners of the Port of Brownsville, Texas, to justify his $25,000 monthly lobbying bills. Why... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 18, 2014

Budgeting for Emergencies

Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request... Read More