Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

February 24, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers because royalty payments they... Read More

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense

February 16, 2017 | National Security

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

Infrastructure Plans Demands

February 10, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

There’s a buzz around town about infrastructure. Sure, it’s not up there like the border wall or tax reform, but President Trump’s... Read More

Changing the Rules of the House

February 03, 2017 |

The pace and surprising nature of the actions of President Trump in the last 10 days have kept our eyes on the White House, but there is... Read More

Building a Wall of Waste

January 26, 2017 | National Security

This week President Trump signed an executive order to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. The work on... Read More

Why Ethics Matter

January 19, 2017 |

In 2014, the GSA was  mired in scandal when a senior employee used government funds to pay for personal travel, and... Read More

Out of the Box Thinking

January 13, 2017 | Budget & Tax , National Security

The President-elect has talked about thinking out of the box and reinventing government. This idea is one of the things that carried... Read More

Budget Two Step

January 06, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Before adjourning, the 114th Congress gave the 115th a gift. No, we’re not talking about the continuing resolution that extended federal... Read More

Five Budget Recommendations

December 22, 2016 | Budget & Tax

The 114th Congress is over. So we’ll take this moment to ask the members of the 115th Congress to agree to one simple but important... Read More

Waste at O’Dark Thirty

December 16, 2016 | Transportation & Infrastructure

If you thought failure to finalize the FY2017 budget, instead passing a stop-gap bill funding government through April 28th at mostly... Read More

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