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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The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis

February 08, 2016

The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis Ongoing analysis of President Obama's final budget request for FY 2017 and insight into what it all means for taxpayers.... Read More

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FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog

December 16, 2015

FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog Ongoing analysis of the FY2016 Taxibus - the tax extenders and omnibus appropriations package recently released by Congress...... Read More

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Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My!

November 05, 2015

Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My! The “final” version of the Pentagon policy bill is making its way, step by painful step, through the Congress this week. Why are we putting... Read More

Our Take

The Rules Don’t Apply to Us

October 07, 2015

The Rules Don’t Apply to Us That may well be the rallying cry of the Pentagon budgeteers in the last dozen or more years. And they’ve been aided and abetted in this point... Read More

Our Take

Who’re You Calling a CR?

September 01, 2015

Who’re You Calling a CR? Given the Congress’ utter abdication of its Constitutionally-mandated power to decide how federal dollars will be spent, we are now less than... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Call for Public Access to CRS Reports

August 25, 2015

Call for Public Access to CRS Reports August 24, 2015   The Honorable Roy Blunt Chairman Committee on Rules and Administration United States Senate The... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

Awards

Golden Fleece: Blinders for Blender Pumps

July 21, 2015

With his creation of a new program to spend $100 million to pay for new gas station pumps that can handle high-blend ethanol fuels, Secretary... Read More

Reports & Data

Common Sense Cuts for the 114th Congress

April 15, 2015

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers with $2 trillion in Deficit Reduction... Read More

Reports & Data

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

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Capitol Portraits, a Perk of Access, Become a Symbol of Excess Instead

February 08, 2016 | The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a corridor just a few feet from the floor of the United States Senate hangs a 19th-century oil painting of Henry Clay, the... Read More

U.S. Opens Spigot for Lock-and-Dam Fixes, Even as Coal Traffic Dwindles

February 05, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

CHARLEROI, Pa.—A few years ago, coal barges lined up 20 or 30 deep, waiting their turn for a towboat to shuttle them through the locks near... Read More

Memo to Defense: Budgets Aren’t Bottomless

February 02, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

It's been just a couple of months since the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed by the Congress and signed by the president. Spending... Read More

Fiscal Failures

January 12, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

The president delivers his final State of the Union this evening. I expect we will hear a lot about those accomplishments that he feels most... Read More

Watchdog Says Government Agencies Ignore Billions in Savings

January 05, 2016 | Effingham Daily News

Thousands of recommendations that could save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars are gathering dust, the watchdog arm of the federal government says.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 05, 2016

Final Budget Countdown

The final budget of the Obama Administration hits the street on Tuesday. It’s a week late and marks the sixth... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary