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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

May 13, 2016 | Agriculture

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Time for a Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 13, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

In January, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

Just the Facts: Financial Health of the Agriculture Sector

May 10, 2016 | Agriculture

Supporters of expensive federal programs that subsidize the incomes of agricultural businesses claim that agricultural businesses are in... Read More

Fact Sheet: Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Digging Deeper

April 07, 2016 | Agriculture

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

TCS Yearly Budget Request Analyses

February 05, 2016 |

Links to TCS' yearly rolling analysis of the President's budget requests for the years 2011-2016... Read More

Disaster Spending Data Resources

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

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

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

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

For centuries, coal producers in the U.S. regularly abandoned their mines when on-site operations ended, leaving tens of thousands of... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

October 13, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages about 245 million acres of public lands, located... Read More

Better Targeting Conservation Spending: The 2014 Farm Bill

September 30, 2015 | Agriculture

Taxpayer dollars must be managed in a manner that produces measurable outcomes and the best return on investment. The United States... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

May 20, 2016

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux

Sometimes (often?) reading legislation takes a strong stomach. Thus, it was with trepidation that we took a... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary