Press Room

Oct 09 2012

WASTEBOOK 2012

COMING: Tuesday October 16, 2012

Washington is set to spend at least $3.6 trillion this year while running a $1.3 trillion deficit. The waste is overflowing and it’s time to take out the trash.

This coming Tuesday, October 16, we’ll be releasing our annual Wastebook 2012 edition.

For the past three years, Dr. Coburn has highlighted some of the year’s most wasteful government spending projects. In 2011, we found over billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars were squandered on a $700,000 grant to study cow burps, robot dragons, and more bridges to nowhere – to name a few. In 2010, the Wastebook highlighted more than $200,000 went to research studying why political candidates make vague statements, $5.2 million was awarded to the Sin City to build the “Neon Boneyard Park and Museum," a park dedicated to displaying neon signs.

What did we find for 2012? Follow Dr. Coburn on Twitter and Facebook this week where we’ll preview what we found.

Check out a complete list of Dr. Coburn's oversight reports, here.



Date Title
9/26/14 GAO: Federal Government Underreports Data Center Cost Savings by Billions
9/22/14 GAO: Long-term Viability of DHS Consolidation in Question
9/22/14 Bipartisan Bill to Consolidate Federal IT Infrastructure, Save Up to $3 Billion Passes Senate
9/19/14 Senate Approves Carper, Coburn Legislation to Curb Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals
9/19/14 Bipartisan Legislation Would Require State Representation on Federal Banking Board
9/9/14 Reducing Insurance Subsidies for Wealthy Farmers Could Save Hundreds of Millions Annually
Date Title
8/29/14 New Health Benefit For Temporary Federal Employees May Violate Federal Law
8/13/14 GAO Report Confirms Need for Additional Oversight of Medicare Claims Reviews
8/12/14 Over 600 Illegal Immigrants with Prior Criminal Convictions Released into the U.S.
8/10/14 Big Banks Claim Millions of Dollars in Tax Credits Intended For Poor Communities
8/4/14 GAO: $619 Billion in Government Spending Never Disclosed on Transparency Website
Date Title
7/30/14 Coburn-Warren Truth in Settlements Act Passes Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Heads to Full Senate
7/29/14 Federal Chemical Security Program in Shambles, New Report Says
7/29/14 Wealthy Farmers Harvesting Subsidies from Sixty Overlapping Federal Programs
7/28/14 GAO: 83,000 DOD Employees and Contractors with Security Clearances Owe $730 million in Federal Taxes
7/24/14 Coburn, Carper Introduce Bill to Eliminate Unnecessary and Outdated Reports
7/24/14 Dr. Coburn to Hold Final U.S. Senate Town Hall Meetings in Oklahoma
7/22/14 Fake Applications for ObamaCare Tax Subsidies Show How Vulnerable Health Care Law is to Fraud & Abuse
7/10/14 U.S. Awards $190 Million Contract to Firm Accused of Fraud
7/7/14 New IG Report Finds Inconsistencies With Health Exchange Applications
Date Title
6/30/14 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling
6/24/14 Beyond the Waiting Lists, New Senate Report Reveals a Culture of Crime, Cover-Up and Coercion within the VA
6/14/14 U.S. Senator Tom Coburn Delivers Weekly Republican Address
6/13/14 Senators Press Defense Department to End “Plugging” Numbers
6/3/14 Senators Coburn, Burr, McCain, and Flake introduce the Veterans Choice Act