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
4/8/14 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on New GAO Duplication Report
4/3/14 Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Stop the Government from Selling Reports Available Online for Free
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3/14/14 Udall, Coburn Welcome Support for Proposal to End Unemployment Benefits for Millionaires as Part of Extension of Long-Term Jobless Benefits
3/13/14 Senators Introduce Bill to Stabilize Funding for Patent and Trademark Office
3/13/14 Senate Says No to Childcare Handouts For Millionaires
3/12/14 Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Requiring Bureaucracy to Disclose Programs
3/11/14 Senate Says So Long to Taxpayer Funded Conventions for Political Elite
Date Title
2/26/14 Coburn Releases New Health Care Cost Report
2/18/14 Senate Doctors Question CMS Plan to Test ICD-10 Codes
2/13/14 Senators Question Intelligence Community’s Tracking of Core Contractors
2/12/14 New GAO Report Finds DHS Ammunition Purchases Declined Since 2009
2/10/14 Dr. Coburn Asks IRS to Clarify Enforcement of Individual Mandate
2/4/14 Dr. Coburn Releases New Report on Cybersecurity
Date Title
1/30/14 BURR, COBURN, HATCH: ANALYSIS SHOWS THERE IS A BETTER WAY THAN OBAMACARE
1/27/14 Dr. Coburn Unveils Obamacare Replacement - Patient CARE Act - with Senators Burr and Hatch
1/14/14 New GAO Report Finds Transparency Discrepancies with IT Dashboard
1/8/14 GOP Senators Express Concern Over HHS IG Report Citing Insufficient Oversight of Electronic Health Record Program
1/8/14 Senators Coburn, Warren Introduce Truth in Settlements Act to Make Federal Agency Settlements More Transparent
1/7/14 Carper, Coburn Highlight New Administration Proposal to Combat Fraudulent Drug Diversion From Medicare
1/7/14 Federal Agencies Continue Improper Payments to Deceased People
1/7/14 New GAO Report Finds Weaknesses with DHS’s Effort to Upgrade Key Border Enforcement System
1/6/14 Senators Highlight New Assessment on Government’s Transition to Major Telecommunications Contract Program
Date Title
12/17/13 Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
12/16/13 Donnelly, Coburn Introduce Bill to Preserve Access to Manufactured Housing
12/16/13 Coburn to Introduce Wastebook 2013 at Tuesday Press Conference