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

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

Our Take

Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs

March 05, 2014

Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs At today’s House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Budget, Inspector General... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter: Consider H.R. 1380 Creating Access to Reports to Congress

February 18, 2014

Joint Letter: Consider H.R. 1380 Creating Access to Reports to Congress Today, TCS joined with a coalition of good government groups to send a letter urging House leadership to take up H.R. 1380, a bill that... Read More

Our Take

New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes

February 12, 2014

New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes Taxpayers, meet your new farm bill, same as the old farm bill. Despite claims by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the notion... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter to Congress: End Budget Gimmicks, Cut Pentagon’s Slush Fund

February 06, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 35 diverse organizations to send Appropriators in Congress a letter calling for an end to gimmicks in the Defense budget.... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Southern Company says it “does not need loan guarantees,” it has secured private financing

September 30, 2013

Southern Company says it “does not need loan guarantees,” it has secured private financing 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

House Republicans See Opportunity in Appropriations Bills

April 23, 2014 | National Journal

In a recent memo to lawmakers, House Republican leaders ticked off some of their lesser-known victories in the fiscal 2014 appropriations... Read More

Why An Army Audit May No Longer Be An Oxymoron

March 25, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

With tax season upon us, some Americans might be worried about being audited by the federal government. That hasn’t been a concern of the... Read More

Why Watchdog Groups Don’t Like the New Farm Bill

February 10, 2014 | The Washington Post

Just a few days since Congress approved a $956.4 billion farm bill, watchdog groups are complaining that lawmakers didn't include language... Read More

U.S. Officials Shared Information with Miners in Federal Coal Sales-Probe

February 10, 2014 | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - U.S. officials wrongly aided coal companies seeking federal land leases and accepted below-value bids in a... Read More

Zombie Defense Spending Rises Again

February 05, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

There is a long history of various parties interested in budget-busting military spending figuring out ingenious ways to pile spending on... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 07, 2014

Sacred Cows Come Home to Roost

The President’s signing of the farm bill today marks a monumental defeat for taxpayers and victory for the old... Read More