Stop Waste

In the fight to control government spending and reduce our national deficits and debt, Congress’ first priority should be stopping wasteful spending. Every year, the federal government wastes billions of tax dollars on obsolete or unnecessary goods and services. ...More

For years, many special interests have been successful at securing wasteful subsidies through direct appropriations or through the tax code. Members of Congress who want to bring federal dollars to their districts have inserted spending into appropriations bills for things we simply do not need. Federal agencies have wasted federal resources through mismanagement and poor spending oversight. Ultimately, responsibility for wasting federal tax dollars rests with Congress, and lawmakers should be held accountable for all of their spending decisions.

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Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest

January 12, 2017

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest TCS sent a letter to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee in advance of their confirmation hearing next week... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program

January 11, 2017

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program Today, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the latest results of their multi-year review of the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote

September 27, 2016

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and National Taxpayers Union urged members of the House to vote down H.R.5303... Read More

Our Take

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016

September 08, 2016

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016 TCS sent a letter along with analysis of the WRDA bill, highlighting wasteful provisions. ... Read More

Press Releases

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas

August 11, 2016

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas WASHINGTON, DC —Federal taxpayers lost nearly $600 million in royalty revenues during a 10-year period ending in 2015 because of royalty... Read More

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Awards

Golden Fleece: The Air Force B-21 Raider Attack on Your Wallet

October 04, 2016

TCS Awards its Golden Fleece Award to the U.S. Air Force for refusing to release the overall costs of the B-21 bomber... Read More

Reports & Data

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing from Wasted Gas

August 10, 2016

Oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands are losing a significant amount of natural gas. In their drilling operations, they are... Read More

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet: Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Digging Deeper

April 07, 2016

Updated Farm Program baseline numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm taxpayers are unlikely to harvest the $16.6 billion... Read More

Reports & Data

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

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Viewpoint: Think Twice before Repealing Federal Methane Gas Rule

February 17, 2017 | Denver Business Journal

In its rush to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, Congress may soon overturn a rule to prevent leaks and collect royalties on... Read More

Building a Border Wall of Debt

February 07, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Who will foot the bill for Trump's executive order on border security and immigration?... Read More

Medicare Failed To Recover Up To $125 Million In Overpayments From Private Insurers

January 06, 2017 | NPR

Six years ago, federal health officials were confident they could save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually by auditing private... Read More

USDA Buys $20 Million Worth of Cheese

December 16, 2016 | Batesville Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON — Moving to bolster dairy farmers who are struggling to cope with price declines, the United States Department of Agriculture... Read More

Contractor Won Weak Bomber Oversight, McCain Says

December 13, 2016 | Roll Call

House and Senate negotiators writing a final defense authorization bill quietly deleted or diluted tough provisions affecting the Air Force’s... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 16, 2017

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense

Sadly, common sense often doesn’t seem that common in Washington and, in particular, Capitol Hill. Lawmakers... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany