What a Waste

Below is a selection of our most recent reports on Wasteful Spending.

#Dislike

national

Social media giant Facebook probably won't pay any taxes in 2013 even though they earned over a billion dollars last year.  READ MORE

Naptime at NASA

national

​NASA is paying people $18,000 to rest in bed for 70 days. READ MORE

Oh, the humanity

national

The Pentagon’s Mega Blimp was a mega waste of money. After $300 million and only 1 flight, it was sold for just $300,000. READ MORE

Let me Google that for you

national

​One federal agency is charging other government offices and taxpayers for reports that are largely available free of charge on the Internet.  READ MORE

Red Light Tax District

national

Brothels in Nevada get federal tax deductions forgroceries, wages of prostitutes, breast implants, costumes and free passes for customers--even though prostitution is illegal under nearly…READ MORE

Beachfront Boondoogle

national

​A USDA program offers mortgages for millionaires in Hawaii and other resort areas. Can't make the payment? Noproblem; the federal government will protect the banks…READ MORE

Waiting for Superman

national

The Army National Guard spent $10 million on a recruitment campaign tie-in with the new Superman movie. The Guard is cutting forces by 8,000 soldiers…READ MORE

Kiss your money goodbye

national

​$914,000 of your tax dollars are going to the serious study of romance novels. READ MORE

Uncle Sam Vodka?

new york

​A vodka company in New York expanded their liquor making capacity with a Rural Business Enterprise grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Cheers…READ MORE

Hey IRS…you’re fired!

national

​The IRS spent $10,000 on a training video that spoofs Donald Trump and The Apprentice. Previous expensive training videos included Star Trek and Gilligan's Island…READ MORE

Oh SNAP! $38M Food Stamp Mistake

national

​Minnesota gave out $38 million in misdirected food stamp payments last year...and got a $1.2 million government bonus for it.  READ MORE

$21.6 million to maintain trashed Katrina houses

louisiana

​As recently as October 2012, a federally funded program to help facilitate the sale of nearly 9,000 homes abandoned after Hurricane Katrina was still holding…READ MORE

Graveyard tours and spooky music—so wasteful it’s scary!

ohio

A museum in Ohio is receiving federal funds to study Edgar Allen Poe with graveyard tours and spooky concerts. READ MORE

Millions for ferry boat with no passengers

alaska

​Over $9 million in federal money was earmarked to a failing for-profit ferry verging on bankruptcy, which very few people benefitted from and a small…READ MORE

Weapons built before they’re tested

alaska

​Missile defense agency begins building interceptors before research is complete, costs skyrocket. Currently, there are 30 GMD interceptors fielded in Alaska and California. READ MORE

Booze, smokes and guns bought with food stamps

ohio

​Undercover reporters “witnessed customers leaving with beer, diapers and condoms” paid for with SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at a Food Land store in…READ MORE

Steamed over $5.2 million for steamboat museum

louisiana

​Louisiana received a $5.2 million federal transportation grant to construct the Steamboat Overlook Interpretive Center. The facility will contain interpretive exhibits depicting the history and culture…READ MORE

Stealing from Uncle Sam

national

Up to $240 billion a year is stolen from federal healthcare programs. READ MORE

Pay at the pump

national

​We paid $500 a gallon for diesel fuel to a contractor in Afghanistan. READ MORE

1 + 1 = $3.1 Billion

national

​Errors in simple arithmetic added $3.1 billion in waste to the U.S. Army payroll system. READ MORE

Do the math

national

There are more than 2,200 different business and accounting systems used by the Defense Department at a cost of $17.3 billion. READ MORE

$1 Million Bus Stop

virginia

Paid for with Federal money it doesn't keep out rain, wind or snow but it costs & looks like a million bucks. READ MORE

Hot stuff

national

Wonder if it's too hot to work outside? Use the OSHA "Heat Index App". Free on iTunes, it cost taxpayers $643,997. Or step outside. READ MORE

Clang, clang, clang

missouri

​The government gave $35 million to St. Louis to construct an old-fashioned style-trolley that only goes 2 miles. READ MORE

Bird is the word

national

​The U.S. Air Force spent $300,000 on a study that concluded the first bird on Earth probably had black feathers. READ MORE

IRS mail fraud

national

​The IRS sent 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania and 343 to one address in China in an identity theft scheme.  READ MORE

Tennis anyone?

connecticut

​Taxpayers spend $618,000 to support a professional tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut. READ MORE

Wastewatchers Wasted

national

88% of the recommendations issued by GAO since 2011 to eliminate government waste have not been fully carried out. READ MORE

A deluxe interior

national

​The Secretary of the Interior's private office bathroom renovation cost $220,000 including a $3,500 refrigerator and a $700 faucet.

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    Where did I park my tank?

    national

    A GAO report found the U.S. Army lost track of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks and 36 Javelin missile launch-units. READ MORE

    Disability is the new welfare

    national

    The US population grew just 19.6% but SSDI recipients increased by 49%. Some states hire consultants to get people off state welfare and on to…READ MORE

    Zombies on Social Security

    national

    A 2013 audit report shows Social Security paid 2,475 beneficiaries for months or even years after they received notifications they were deceased. READ MORE

    bye bye $7 Billion

    national

    ​The US is abandoning military equipment worth $7 billion in Afghanistan. 170 million pounds of vehicles will be destroyed. READ MORE

    Camo Fiasco

    national

    ​The government wasted $5 billion on "universal" camouflage uniforms that actually made soldiers easier to see. It will cost another $4 billion to replace the…READ MORE

    Give me your lunch money

    national

    $1 million from the federal school lunch program was used to plant vegetable gardens at high-poverty schools. ​ READ MORE

    Monkey Paparazzi

    michigan

    ​A Michigan university got a government grant to study how animals have been depicted in magazines.  READ MORE

    Get smart about education

    national

    ​The US Dept. of Education has a $40 billion annual budget. Student test scores are lower now than when the department was founded in 1979. READ MORE

    Brights lights, Big Waste

    nevada

    Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build a museum of old neon signs.  READ MORE

    Pancakes for Politicians

    national

    A government grant of nearly $1 million helped build an International House of Pancakes in a popular Washington, DC neighborhood. READ MORE

    The $42 Million Whoopsie

    indiana

    ​The Department of Education gave St. Mary-of-the-Woods College $42 million, even though the school is not eligible to receive ANY Federal funds. READ MORE

    Debt jumps $328 billion after debt ceiling lifted

    national

    The US National Debt now equals $17.075 trillion. The $328 billion increase is an all-time record. READ MORE

    The $578,000 Potty

    virginia

    ​The government spent over half a million dollars for a portable outhouse. A four bedroom home in the same neighborhood costs less. READ MORE

    Money for nothing

    national

    The IRS paid over $110.8 billion in bogus Earned Income Tax Credits. IRS does not verify claims  on EITC tax returns. READ MORE

    Martian Munchies

    national

    NASA spends about $1 million a year researching and building a menu for a non-existent mission to Mars. READ MORE

    How to Get paid twice for not working

    oregon

    ​Some Federal employees will get paid twice for not working during the government shut down - back pay & unemployment checks too! READ MORE

    Green Energy Co. Folds after Obama gives $99 Million

    california

    Another one of President Obama’s alternative energy ventures has failed after getting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. READ MORE

    New Air Force Planes go directly to junkyard

    ohio

    ​New U.S. Air Force planes that cost $567 million are being delivered straight an Arizona airplane graveyard because the military has no use for them READ MORE

    $100 Grand for lecture on Jesus & Klingons

    national

    ​“Did Jesus Die for Klingons too?” was a real session at a Department of Defense workshop. READ MORE

    We paid $500 million for a broken website

    national

    ​Despite the hefty price paid by taxpayers for the Obamacare website, it just doesn't work. READ MORE

    Politicians enjoy workout during “shutdown”

    national

    ​The government is "shutdown" but the members-only House & Senate gyms (w/flat screen TVs and heated pools) are open. READ MORE

    That’s just bull

    national

    The government is shut down -- closed -- yet they still spent forty seven thousand dollars...on a mechanical bull. READ MORE

    Please love obamacare

    national

    Pretty please? The government is spending $9.8 million dollars on a PR campaign to convince you Obamacare is great. ​ READ MORE

    Government Shakedown

    virginia

    The same day the government shut down the Army bought a $2,163 massage chair for Fort Belvoir in Virginia, the site of many of President…READ MORE

    $98,000 outhouse

    alaska

    ​Talk about waste! The government recently paid $98,670 to install an outhouse near a hiking trail in Alaska. READ MORE

    Shave and a haircut

    national

    ​The Senate barbershop loses $350,000 a year providing haircuts, shaves & shoe shines to politicians. READ MORE

    Birds Do It

    connecticut

    Yale University got a stimulus grant to study duck mating. The award created zero jobs. READ MORE

    Stimulus Funds Trashed

    virginia

    A TV report uncovered a stimulus grant for a recycling plant was never completed, no jobs were created, and the company disappeared. READ MORE

    Don’t let Michelle catch you

    new york

    The USDA gave a grant to a NY potato chip company to get consumers to buy more chips. READ MORE

    A Penny Saved

    national

    ​The cost to produce a penny is actually 2.5 cents. READ MORE

    Get in the hole

    national

    National Science Foundation researchers found that golfers were more successful when they envisioned a bigger hole on the putting green. The study cost $350,000. READ MORE

    Sheep Counting Drones

    nevada

    ​The government is using unmanned aerial drones to count sheep, elk and bunnies.  READ MORE

    RoboSquirrel

    california

    Road kill meets robot..."RoboSquirrel." Funded by the National Science Foundation the very expensive stuffed, dead squirrel wags his tail to test snake reactions. READ MORE

    Pelosi: Nothing Left To Cut

    national

    ​House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget. Has she seen this website? READ MORE

    Taxpayer Beer Run

    new hampshire

    ​A successful multi-million dollar brewery got federal funds to build three new brew tanks and open a restaurant.  READ MORE

    No more dog breath

    nebraska

    Tax dollars paid for machinery to make dog toothpaste and dog shampoo awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. READ MORE

    Jerky Boys at the Pentagon

    national

    $1.5M was spent to develop the government's own brand of beef jerky, described as "so good it will shock and awe your taste buds". READ MORE

    NSA Captain’s Log

    national

    The super secret spy agency hired a Hollywood designer to build the "Information Dominance Center" to look like the bridge from Star Trek, complete with…READ MORE

    Climate Change:                    The Musical!

    new york

    ​Start spreading the news! Coming soon...a feel-good, song & dance musical all about climate change. Paid for with $700,000 of your tax dollars. READ MORE

    Operation Catfish Identification

    national

    ​The USDA spends $14 million a year to inspect catfish. The money is wasted because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already inspects catfish for…READ MORE

    Picture the waste

    national

    ​Your tax dollars pay for original oil paintings of Washington bureaucrats -- cabinet members, congressional leaders, heads of agencies and military leaders -- at a…READ MORE

    The $6 Million Parking Lot

    maryland

    ​The National Institute of Health spent $6 million to lease parking spaces for their employees - over $1,000 per spot! READ MORE

    EPA Studies Chinese Pig Manure

    national

    ​Here's the poop -- the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a grant to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences to study local swine manure. READ MORE

    Go Bananas for Monkey Retirement

    louisiana

    Taxpayers ought to go bananas over the $30 million tab for "Chimp Haven" a 200 acre retirement home for aging monkeys. READ MORE

    World of Walden Pond

    california

    This sounds like fun...not. A video game based on the writings of 1854 naturalist Henry David Thoreau is being funded with your tax dollars at…READ MORE

    Good Penmanship Pays

    national

    ​Despite sequestration the White House employs three full-time calligraphers who are paid an average of $90,000 a year to have good handwriting. READ MORE

    Up In Smoke

    national

    Your tax dollars funded a study on the hookah smoking habits of 1800 college students in the country of Jordan. READ MORE

    Bronze sculptures beat rusty bridges in Iowa.

    iowa

    ​There are 78 structurally deficient bridges in Iowa, yet the state is spending thousands of dollars of federal transportation funds to pave the way for…READ MORE

    $1.1 million “sidewalk to nowhere”

    florida

    ​Some locals call it the “sidewalk to nowhere” – a $1.1M sidewalk intended to help kids walk to school, except it's not near any neighborhoods…READ MORE

    Stripper gets $1,000/month public assistance

    florida

    ​In Florida, an exotic dancer who made more than $85,000 a year in tips also collected about $1,000 in food stamps a month between March…READ MORE

    Ohio bridges falling down, but funds fix bridge to nowhere

    ohio

    ​More than ten percent of the bridges in Dayton, Ohio, are deficient as 13 cars drive over one of Dayton’s 184 deficient bridges every second. …READ MORE

    $38 million makes tourists happy and citizens mad

    alaska

    ​The Alaska Railroad will receive $38.8 million this year and $33 million next year through a federal mass transit program, even after the Senate tried…READ MORE

    Radio ads and fun parties encourage food stamp sign ups

    ohio

    ​The food stamp program wasted millions of dollars on promotional campaigns encouraging local SNAP offices to throw parties and producing radio soap operas and advertisements… …READ MORE

    Public health funds squandered on road signs

    north carolina

    ​Pitt County, North Carolina, a recipient of a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant funded by health care law, used these federal taxpayer funds to place signage to…READ MORE