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

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

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

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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

Policy Briefs

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

October 01, 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

Mailing in Their Own Wish Lists, Lawmakers Try to Shape President’s Budget

February 24, 2015 | Environment & Energy

Members of Congress have worked behind the scenes for weeks, if not months, to influence President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request. Agency... Read More

TARP Watchdog Isn’t Ready to Pack It Up

February 05, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The U.S. has largely ended its financial-system rescue program and exited from the lion’s share of its investments, yet the... Read More

Governors’ Big Oil-Assisted Lobbying Pays Off in Obama’s Atlantic Drilling Plan

January 28, 2015 | Facing South

The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the... Read More

‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal Shows Need for More Scrutiny over US Defense Contracts

January 20, 2015 | International Business Times

A U.S. Navy corruption scandal involving a Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" who bribed Navy officials with prostitutes,... Read More

Here’s How Fast House Members Have to Read to Get through Entire Budget Legislation

December 11, 2014 | MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- To actually read the entire 2,871 pages of bill text and explanatory materials of what's called the Cromnibus --... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

November 14, 2014

Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions

If we needed more proof that the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget is just a slush fund,... Read More