Waste Watch

USAID: $10.4 Million to ‘Empower’ Girls in Malawi to Use Birth Control CNS
July 14, 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend up to $10.4 million in taxpayer dollars to “empower” young girls in Malawi to use birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV - which disproportionately affects young females - even though such efforts have failed in the past.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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).
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.
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Latino Group Wants to Expand Fraud-Ridden ‘Obamaphone’ ProgramCNS
Sep 3rd, 2013
The real problem with the Lifeline Program that provides free cell phones – commonly known as “Obamaphones” – to low-income individuals is not that it’s been abused, but that not enough low-income Latinos are using the subsidized phones, according to The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
$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.
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.
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.
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.
Government Gives $179,784 to Study What Motivates Workers: Love or Money?CNS
Aug 20th, 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $179,784 grant to “experimental economists” who will study what drives one’s work incentive – personal gain and employer profit or contributing to causes that help the “needy.”
National Science Foundation
$5.7M NSF Grant For Card Games, Videos To Teach Public About Global WarmingCNS
Aug 20th, 2013
A multi-million dollar project funded by the National Science Foundation is developing card games, videos and other educational programs “to engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.”
Federal Agency Smashes Up $175K Worth of Usable Electronics….By MistakeCNS
Aug 12th, 2013
ederal employees in the U.S. Economic Development Administration mashed up $175.000 worth of usable computers, printers, televisions, and digital cameras after being erroneously warned by the Department of Homeland Security that their IT system was infected with malicious malware.
$2M NIH Grant to Study Effect of Cultural Stigma on Chinese Homosexual MenCNS
Aug 9th, 2013
A federal grant worth over $2 million has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health to a researcher studying how cultural stigmas affect the sexual behavior of homosexual men in China.
U.S. Spending $653K to 'Reduce Tobacco Use' Among Brazilian WomenCNS
Aug 8th, 2013
The National Institutes of Health is funding a program to convince female “light-smokers” in Brazil to kick their bad habit, at a cost to American taxpayers of $653,190.