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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Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding

May 02, 2016

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding On Friday, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy (DOE) released an unusually urgent report underscoring a number of... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

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


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

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Wish Lists and Budget Theater

May 04, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Calls for increased "border security," often thinly disguised attempts to militarize the border between the U.S. and Mexico, are nothing new.... Read More

Congress and Defense Spending

May 03, 2016 | Capital Insider

This week, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) proposed an increase in the defense budget by billions of... Read More

Robins AFB Supporters Visit Capitol Hill Amid Rising Concerns

April 29, 2016 | The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA)

WASHINGTON - Georgia’s political and military powerbrokers gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to voice their shared support for protecting... Read More

Congress Is Endangering Military Readiness

April 25, 2016 | The National Interest

House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry recently complained about readiness weaknesses across the U.S. military. But he and his... Read More

Viewpoint: Reform Flood Insurance

April 25, 2016 | Orlando Sentinel

The federal government's flood-insurance system is swimming in more than $23 billion of debt, and while some Florida lawmakers have proposed... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 01, 2016

Fooled by Washington

Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary