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

Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act

July 13, 2016

Statement by Ms. Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense on Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Introducing the Debt... Read More

Our Take

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... Read More

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

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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

Could An Earmark Have Squeezed Into Pork-Barrel Warrior Paul Ryan’s Latest Pentagon Bill?

July 11, 2016 | Circa News

In March 2010, a Democratic-led House banned earmarks for for-profit corporations. A Republican-led House reaffirmed the ban in November... Read More

Faces of Coal Country

June 24, 2016 | The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO)

Federal officials saw some of the faces behind the debate over the future of the U.S. coal industry Thursday in Grand Junction, as everyone... Read More

Huffman Praised for Joining Attack on Waste

June 22, 2016 | Marin Independent Journal

As president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a national nonpartisan budget watchdog group, I am writing to call attention to the leadership of... Read More

New Balance Close to Win in Buy-America Foot Race for Military

June 06, 2016 | Bloomberg News

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. is close to winning an almost decade-long marathon: A buy-American provision in the massive defense policy bill... Read More

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

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!