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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Press Releases

Budget Watchdog Releases New Report on the Unaffordable F-35

April 24, 2014

The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives breaks down costs and documents cost-effective alternatives... Read More

Press Releases

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide

March 12, 2014

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide New national report examines how much states are spending on new roadways versus investing in repairs.... Read More

Our Take

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal

March 05, 2014

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal A recent congressional hearing (“DOE Oversight: Status of Clean Coal Programs”, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight... Read More

Our Take

Fisker Automotive is Auctioned Off, DOE Fails to Save Millions

February 13, 2014 > Updated: February 18, 2014

Fisker Automotive is Auctioned Off, DOE Fails to Save Millions Update: The Wanxiang Group has won the auction to acquire the assets of Fisker Automotive with a bid of $149.2 million. Hybrid Technologies,... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter to Congress: End Budget Gimmicks, Cut Pentagon’s Slush Fund

February 06, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 35 diverse organizations to send Appropriators in Congress a letter calling for an end to gimmicks in the Defense budget.... Read More

Our Take

Omnibus Decreases Oversight of Billions Risked by the Loan Guarantee Program

January 27, 2014

Omnibus Decreases Oversight of Billions Risked by the Loan Guarantee Program By forcing the 1582-page omnibus through Congress in around 69 1/2 hours, lawmakers appropriated $1.1 trillion dollars with an alarming lack... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Return on Investment from Conservation Programs and Best Management Practices

March 13, 2014

Return on Investment from Conservation Programs and Best Management Practices The federal government supports various conservation initiatives, but some of the largest voluntary and private land conservation programs... Read More

Fact Sheets

Consolidation Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 13, 2014

Consolidation Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs Now more than ever, government spending should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and targeted toward the... Read More

Reports & Data

Repair Priorities 2014

March 12, 2014

Repair Priorities 2014 Download the full report  State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining... Read More

Fact Sheets

MOX Misses the Mark

March 03, 2014

MOX Misses the Mark The United States and Russia entered into a Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement in 2000, a plan to mutually dispose of at least... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Prioritize Investments

Are general aviation airports economically feasible?

March 31, 2014 | LimaOhio.com

LIMA — Area airport managers and an economic development director espouse the importance of general aviation airports, but one national... Read More

Why An Army Audit May No Longer Be An Oxymoron

March 25, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

With tax season upon us, some Americans might be worried about being audited by the federal government. That hasn’t been a concern of the... Read More

State ranks low in road-repair spending

March 24, 2014 | The Free Lance Star

ROAD CONSTRUCTION and repair are very expensive enterprises, and it’s a tough balancing act to divvy out money to both. It’s especially... Read More

Ohio Roadways Getting Worse Report Says

March 21, 2014 | Dayton Business Journal

Like much of the nation, Ohio's roadways are worsening, according to a new report, advocating more road improvements. In 2008, 62 percent... Read More

Fixing America’s Roads

March 20, 2014 | Capital Insider

Alexander interview March 18, 2014 Many of the nation's streets are crumbling and riddled with potholes. Meanwhile, state departments of... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 14, 2014

Pocketful of Promises

No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, there are no... Read More