Prioritize Investments

Federal spending decisions should be based on project merit, rather than on who wields the most political muscle or influence. But federal dollars are going to “sweetheart projects” of influential lawmakers, instead of repairing or replacing the bridges or weapons systems most in need of attention. ...More

Federal dollars continue to flow to legacy programs because of bureaucratic inertia, and the absence of any regular, ongoing assessment of actual need. Funding federal investments based on merit is a critical component of any deficit-reduction plan and could save taxpayers billions. Congress and federal agencies have a responsibility to taxpayers to invest federal resources in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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TCS Analysis of President’s FY2016 Budget

February 02, 2015

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2016 Budget Taxpayers for Common Sense staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days, explaining what the... Read More

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House Committee Asks Wrong Questions on Federal Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

December 16, 2014

House Committee Asks Wrong Questions on Federal Subsidies for Nuclear Energy Members of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology met with the Department of Energy (DOE) and... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending

December 12, 2014

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending The Pentagon portion of the CROmnibus is liberally sprinkled with funding for programs the Pentagon either wants to end or never asked for in... Read More

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CROmnibus Analysis Blog

December 09, 2014

CROmnibus Analysis Blog The eagerly anticipated CROmnibus, that will provide funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2015, has finally been... Read More

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Highlights of Department of Defense Reclama of House and Senate Authorization Bills

October 31, 2014

Earlier this month the Pentagon submitted to the Congress its views on open issues in the Defense Authorization legislation.  When Congress... Read More

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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

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Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... Read More

Fact Sheets

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

Policy Briefs

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014: Commentary and Analysis

May 19, 2014

The Conference report on H.R. 3080 is a missed opportunity to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible... Read More

Fact Sheets

The Federal Highway Trust Fund: Past, Present, and Future

May 16, 2014

Every driver that purchases fuel pays an excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline or 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Proceeds... Read More

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Mailing in Their Own Wish Lists, Lawmakers Try to Shape President’s Budget

February 24, 2015 | Environment & Energy

Members of Congress have worked behind the scenes for weeks, if not months, to influence President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request. Agency... Read More

After Major Congressional Action, Little Change at Army Corps

February 20, 2015 | Environment & Energy

For years, Congress' self-imposed ban on earmarks appeared to deliver a death blow to lawmakers' say on water resources. To fiscal... Read More

As Ebola Fades, Questions Arise over Billions in U.S. Aid

February 10, 2015 | Fox News

Aid officials say a surge of international support since last fall has helped contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but as U.S.-built... Read More

What Happened with the GSA in Vegas Stymies Federal Workers

February 09, 2015 | The Washington Post

When federal employees get together for training and meetings, fancy lunches aren’t on the menu anymore. In fact, food of any kind — tuna fish... Read More

A Closer Look at the Budget

February 06, 2015 | Capital Insider

President Obama's $4 trillion budget has been delivered to Congress. Now, analysts are pouring through the pages, dissecting what it means for... Read More

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February 06, 2015

Put a Fork In It - FutureGen Edition

Finally. This week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on the massive clean coal project known as... Read More