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 Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills

April 14, 2016

Coalition Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and nine other groups sent a letter to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Supports Equal Access to Congressional Research Reports Act of 2016

April 06, 2016

TCS Supports Equal Access to Congressional Research Reports Act of 2016 TCS signed onto the following letters in support of The Equal Access to Congressional Research Reports Act of 2016 (H.R. 4702 and S. 2639).... Read More

Our Take

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program

April 05, 2016

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program Last week the Department of Interior (DOI) released a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of the... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources

February 08, 2016

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources TCS and Project on Government Oversight hosted a panel discussion on how the federal government can better manage resources on federal lands.... Read More

Statements

Comments on the Federal Coal Program Listening Sessions

September 17, 2015

Comments on the Federal Coal Program Listening Sessions Dear Secretary Jewell and Director Kornze: Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) provides the following comments to the BLM on fiscal issues... Read More

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

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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

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

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

Tax Chairmen Seek to Revive Tariff Cuts That Help Companies

April 19, 2016 | CQ News

The top tax writers in Congress are pushing new bipartisan measures aimed at reviving temporary tariff cuts that do not violate the ban on... Read More

Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

March 18, 2016 | The Huffington Post

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the... Read More

From the Front Lines of a $1.8 Trillion National Budget Deal

January 21, 2016 | PR Week

Steve Ellis, VP of Taxpayers for Common Sense, talks about his work on the budget deal - the good, the bad, and the ridiculous... Read More

Lax Auditing Encouraged Overcharging by Medicare Advantage Plans

December 21, 2015 | NPR

Despite facing mounting evidence federal officials were overpaying some Medicare health plans by tens of millions of dollars a year, the... Read More

End the Temporary Tax Break Charade

December 02, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

With the clock counting down to the end of 2015, there is the usual flurry of activity in Congress to put together some kind of deal on the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 11, 2016

Dancing with the Four Stars

Well, that didn’t take long. The tremendously bad idea, seeded two years ago, to move the funding for the next... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary