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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Statements

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review

May 17, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Casper, WY on ways it can... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal

May 16, 2016

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal TCS hosted a briefing on the reforms necessary to fix the federal coal program.... Read More

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

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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

May 13, 2016

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Increase Transparency

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

May 25, 2016 | The Huffington Post

Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply... Read More

Giant Wave of Government Data Could Be Unleashed by Proposed Law

May 20, 2016 | Geek Wire

There are roughly 200,000 data sets available from the federal government, including information on weather and meteorology, patents and... Read More

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton Got Along With the GOP. Could She Do So as President?

May 16, 2016 | CQ Magazine

It looks increasingly likely that voters this November will have a clear choice. In Donald Trump, they'd have a true Washington outsider... Read More

Lobby Groups to House: We’ll Remember Tariff Vote

April 26, 2016 | The Hill

Two business groups are pressing lawmakers to support a measure on the House floor that would streamline the application process for tariff... Read More

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

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