Waste Watch

MnDOT
$100K Study to Count How Many Birds Fly Into Rebuilt Minnesota BridgeCNS
April 18, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), in conjunction with the National Park Service, is planning to spend $100,000 of federal highway funds to count the number of birds killed while flying into a rebuilt bridge in Minnesota.
CNSNews
State Dept Again Announces $95K Grant to Teach Haitian Inmates How to SewCNS
Feb 25th, 2014
The State Department did not have success finding a grant recipient last year, so it decided to again announce a $95,000 grant opportunity for a pilot program to train Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly so that they can sew uniforms for other inmates.
AP
Feds Spent $29 Million on Prescription Drugs for 4,139 Illegal AliensCNS
Nov 5th, 2013
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.
CNSNews
$50K Fed Study Will View and Collect Poppy-Visiting InsectsCNS
Oct 23rd, 2013
The Interior Department is planning to spend $50,000 over a five-year period to study the dwarf bear-claw poppy, a federally listed endangered plant that grows in Washington County, Utah.
AP
HHS Promoting 'Long-Acting' Contraception, 'Sterilization' in Dwindling Navajo NationCNS
Sep 27th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to spend $450,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 for “family planning services” in the Navajo Nation’s tribal lands, even though U.S. Census data shows that the population there declined nearly 4 percent between 2000 and 2010.
GSA
Labor Dept. Employees Made Unauthorized Charges at ... Chick-fil-ACNS
Sep 24th, 2013
U.S. Department of Labor employees racked up an estimated $3.8 million in unauthorized or undocumented expenses over the past two-and-a-half years, including charges at Hilton Naples Grande Beach Resort, Wal-Mart, Target and Chick-fil-A, according to an Inspector General (OIG) audit released earlier this month.
CNSNews
Labor Department to Spend $1 Million to Increase Gender Equality in Work – in MoroccoCNS
Sep 20th, 2013
The Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs plans to award up to $1 million in taxpayer dollars to increase gender equality at work in Morocco.
National Science Foundation
$25 Million NSF Grant to Build Machines Smarter Than Average 3-Year-OldCNS
Sep 20th, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $25 million grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research ways to build smarter machines that think more like human brains.
CNSNews
Feds Give Smithsonian $443,010 to Study Tree Biodiversity – in ChinaCNS
Sep 19th, 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $443,010 grant to study tree biodiversity in China.
CNSNews
'Warrior Woman' from 'Earth's Sister Planet' Video Game Gets $100K Tax DollarsCNS
Sep 17th, 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant of $100,000 for a multimedia game teaming players with an alien who fights to improve women’s auras damaged by negative self-esteem, discrimination and eating disorders.
CNSNews
State Dept. to Spend $450K for Green Jobs--in MoroccoCNS
Sep 13th, 2013
The State Department through its Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs plans to spend $450,000 to create green jobs in Morocco.
US Navy
Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald Ford Plagued With Glitches, Cost OverrunsCNS
Sep 10th, 2013
Despite a 22 percent cost overrun, glitches found testing key weapons and radar systems on the U.S.S. Gerald Ford will require the Navy to enter its first new generation aircraft carrier into maintenance soon after its 2016 commissioning, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Taxpayers Paying $7.2M to Put More Sand at Coney IslandCNS
Sep 9th, 2013
New York’s Coney Island has been awarded $7.2 million to pump 600,000 cubic yards of sand along the beachfront, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Friday. But that’s more than twice the amount washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
AP
Alabama Balks at Returning $88.2M in Medicaid Overpayments to FedsCNS
Sep 6th, 2013
Alabama is balking at refunding the federal government $88.2 million in “unallowable” Medicaid bonus payments for fiscal years 2009 and 2010, according to an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
CNSNews
Obama Administration Announces Another $474M in Transportation GrantsCNS
Sep 5th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $474 million dollars in grants to 52 projects across the country under its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
CNSNews
$556K to Train Med School Students on LGBT Mental Health CareCNS
Aug 30th, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $556,000 to Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine for an LGBT mental health internship program.
CNSNews
Gov’t Spends $379K Texting Kids to Take a WalkCNS
Aug 28th, 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending $379,500 on a study that sends texts to adolescents encouraging them to walk.
CNSNews
Napolitano: U.S. Faces 'A Major Cyber Event' That Will Have 'Serious Effect' on Lives, EconomyCNS
Aug 28th, 2013
In a speech Tuesday at the National Press Club, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano touted her accomplishments, discussed lessons learned, and warned her successor of "serious" challenges ahead, including a "serious" cyber attack and the effects of climate change.
National History Museum
DOD Will Spend $25K on Census of the SpinelessCNS
Aug 27th, 2013
The Department of Defense plans to spend $25,883 to count giant fairy shrimp, butterflies, Argus land snails and other invertebrates at its airborne weapons testing and training facility in China Lake, California, located in the northeast Mojave Desert.
CNSNews
Gov't Spends $495-K For False Killer Whale Team to MeetCNS
Aug 26th, 2013
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team will be meeting once a year for the next five years at a cost to taxpayers of $495,000.
Radio Free Europe
NIH Extends Study of 'Masculine' Tajik Migrant Workers’ Risk Of Getting HIV From Russian ProstitutesCNS
Aug 21st, 2013
A $2.2 million, multi-year study by University of Illinois researchers on the risks of contracting HIV by married male migrant laborers from Tajikistan who have sex with female prostitutes in Moscow has been extended to 2014, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the research.