CAGW Releases December WasteWatcher

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CAGW Releases December WasteWatcher

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Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW):

By Leslie K. PaigeThe United States Postal Service (USPS) announced on November 15, 2012 that in fiscal year (FY) 2012, which ended on September 30, the agency lost a record $15.9 billion. In June, 2012 at a PostalVision 2020 conference in Washington, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe flatly stated that if the USPS management team was not soon allowed to address its multiple structural deficiencies, its long-term fiscal outlook would most resemble the strife-ridden country of Greece …

By Sean KennedyAs the country careens toward the automatic year-end program cuts and expiration of tax breaks labeled “the fiscal cliff,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has been on the offensive, releasing reports in consecutive months highlighting wasteful spending in government …

By Deborah CollierWireless communications adoption has grown from 48.7 million subscribers in 1997 to 321.7 million subscribers in 2012. While the number of wireless consumers is on the rise, and a greater number are choosing to “cut the cord” on their landline connections, the state and local tax burden has also skyrocketed …

By Luke GelberFor many years, it has been clear that identity theft is a grave threat to the fiscal sovereignty of millions of Americans. For its victims, many of whom are saddled with the new and unwelcome full-time job of battling fraudulent credit card charges and mounting debt, normal life can seem a long way off …

By PJ AustinDespite the popular belief that federal employees are underpaid public servants, the data tells a very different story. When all of the factors that affect compensation are accounted for, there is significant evidence that federal employees make considerably more than their private sector counterparts …

By Tom MillerOn January 24, 2011, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a report detailing the improper benefits given to disabled veterans …

By Deborah CollierFrom December 3 through December 14, the U.N. International Telecommunications Union will be convening the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to review proposals to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) …

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