What a Waste

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

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Naptime at NASA

One of the more absurd examples of government overspending comes to us from the folks at NASA. One recent project has garnered enough approval to… READ MORE

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Let me Google that for you

Let me google that for you! The Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS), is a government agency which compiles and stores government reports… READ MORE

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Beachfront Boondoogle

Beachfront Boondoggle Have you ever wanted a beachfront home but couldn’t afford it? Finally, the Federal Government has created the perfect program to solve your… READ MORE

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Kiss your money goodbye

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

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Uncle Sam Vodka?

​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

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Hey IRS…you’re fired!

​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

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Oh SNAP! $38M Food Stamp Mistake

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

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$21.6 million to maintain trashed Katrina houses

​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

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

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

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Millions for ferry boat with no passengers

​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

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Booze, smokes and guns bought with food stamps

​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

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Steamed over $5.2 million for steamboat museum

​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

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Stealing from Uncle Sam

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

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$1 Million Bus Stop

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

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Hot Stuff

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

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Clang, clang, clang

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

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IRS mail fraud

​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

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Tennis anyone?

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

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Wastewatchers Wasted

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

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A deluxe interior

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

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Disability is the new welfare

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

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Zombies on Social Security

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

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Give me your lunch money

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

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Monkey Paparazzi

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

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Get smart about education

​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

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Brights lights, Big Waste

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

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Pancakes for Politicians

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

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The $42 Million Whoopsie

​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

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Debt jumps $328 billion after debt ceiling lifted

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

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The $578,000 Potty

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

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Money for nothing

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

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Martian Munchies

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

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How to Get paid twice for not working

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

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Green Energy Co. Folds after Obama gives $99 Million

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

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We paid $500 million for a broken website

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

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Politicians enjoy workout during “shutdown”

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

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That’s just bull

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

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Please love obamacare

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

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$98,000 outhouse

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

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Shave and a haircut

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

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Birds Do It

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

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Stimulus Funds Trashed

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

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Don’t let Michelle catch you

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

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A Penny Saved

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

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Get in the hole

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

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Sheep Counting Drones

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

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RoboSquirrel

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

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Pelosi: Nothing Left To Cut

​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

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Taxpayer Beer Run

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

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No more dog breath

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

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Operation Catfish Identification

​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

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Picture the waste

​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

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The $6 Million Parking Lot

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

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EPA Studies Chinese Pig Manure

​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

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Go Bananas for Monkey Retirement

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

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World of Walden Pond

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

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Good Penmanship Pays

​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

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Up In Smoke

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

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Bronze sculptures beat rusty bridges in 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

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$1.1 million “sidewalk to nowhere”

​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

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Ohio bridges falling down, but funds fix bridge to nowhere

​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

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$38 million makes tourists happy and citizens mad

​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

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Radio ads and fun parties encourage food stamp sign ups

​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

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Public health funds squandered on road signs

​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