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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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

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

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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

When Interests Overlap for Durbin, Lobbyist Wife

October 06, 2014 | Chicago Tribune

Sen. Dick Durbin has long said that he and his wife, Loretta, an Illinois lobbyist, take pains to separate their work and avoid conflicts of... Read More

How Obama Will Pay for His War

September 15, 2014 | Roll Call

The White House doesn’t know yet how much the new war with ISIS will cost, but it knows how it will pay for it: the all-purpose war funding... Read More

Military Guns Used by Local Police Across the Country Are Missing

September 02, 2014 | ABC News

Some police forces are not keeping track of high-powered weapons and the fear is they could end up in the wrong hands.  

Who Pays to Take Out the Islamic State?

August 29, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

At a recent press briefing in the Pentagon, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin... Read More

New Oil and Gas Drilling Financed Largely With Debt

August 07, 2014 |

Major oil and gas companies are taking on an increasing share of debt in order to maintain drilling momentum, according to data from the... 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