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.
Government to Spend $146,944 Texting Low-Income People with DepressionCNS
May 17th, 2013
The federal government is spending $146,944 in taxpayer funds to research sending automated text messages to people with depression to remind them to take their medication and monitor their mood and thoughts.
Stimulus: $152K to Get Lesbians Ready for 'Adoptive Parenthood'CNS
May 15th, 2013
While the White House claims its stimulus package “supported as many as 3.5 million jobs,” none were yielded from a $152,000 project to ready lesbians for “adoptive parenthood.”
Feds Will Spend $472,150 to Teach Survival Skills to Sucker FishCNS
May 14th, 2013
The Department of Interior is providing $472,150 grant funding to increase the survival of two endangered fish species by “training” them to “recognize and avoid predators.”
May 8th, 2013
Clips from the Kickstarter video for "PowerUP!", which has received a $10,000 NEA grant.
Feds Help Fund Pole Dancing – For LinemenCNS
May 8th, 2013
An Austin, Texas dance company has received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant to aid in its upcoming performance featuring electricity linemen dancing near utility poles.
Feds Spend $402,721 on Underwear That Senses Cigarette SmokeCNS
May 7th, 2013
The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has received two grants totaling $402,721 for the project, which so far has produced a “very early prototype” of the monitoring system, which -- in its current state -- fits like a vest.
Feds Generate $4 Million in Grant Funding to ‘Stimulate Competitive Research’ in Green EnergyCNS
May 6th, 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year $4 million grant to “promote sustainable energy” through the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program.
U.S. Spending $100K to 'Increase Knowledge of Ethical Behavior'-- Among ATV DriversCNS
May 3rd, 2013
The federal government is planning to spend $100,000 in taxpayer money over a five-year period through the Bureau of Land Management’s “public outreach campaign to raise Utah’s awareness of critical outdoor ethics for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation.”
Gov’t Spending $152,500 to Study Voice Therapy for TransgendersCNS
Apr 23rd, 2013
The federal government is spending $152,000 to study “voice therapy” for transgenders, saying it is incumbent to being “accepted as one's preferred gender.”
Bulletproof: $25 Million ‘Sitting in an Account at the Department of Justice’CNS
Apr 11th, 2013
The Government Accountability Office says the Justice Department has accumulated $27 million in unused grant funds for its Bulletproof Vest Partnership program since the program launched 14 years ago.
OMB: Obama Will Become First President to Spend $4T in One YearCNS
Apr 10th, 2013
In the historical tables it released along with President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal this morning, the White House Office of Management and Budget revealed that expects Obama in fiscal 2016 to become the first president in the nation's history to preside over a federal government that spends more than $4 trillion in one year.
DOJ Spent $58M on Conferences in FY 2012CNS
Apr 10th, 2013
The U.S. Justice Department spent more than $58 million on conferences in Fiscal Year 2012 -- and that doesn't include spending on conferences that cost less than $20,000, the DOJ inspector general told Congress on Wednesday.
National Park Service to Spend $40,000 Looking for Bat Caves in California CNS
Apr 9th, 2013
The National Park Service is setting aside $40,000 in taxpayer funds for a “potential partner to collaborate on a project to identify the location of bat hibernacula within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.”
Safe from Sequester: $704,198 for Gardening at NATO Ambassador’s HomeCNS
Apr 9th, 2013
Just over a week after sequestration took effect, the State Department allotted more than $700,000 for gardening at a U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Brussels, Belgium.
Gov't Spends $214K on 'Home-Based' Tampon Testing for Cervical CancerCNS
Apr 8th, 2013
The federal government is spending over $200,000 for what it calls a “novel approach” to detecting cervical cancer, in which tampons -- used to obtain tissue samples -- are mailed in for testing.
Sequester Day 1: U.S. Spent $70,717 to Send 20 'to Discuss' Manufacturing in KoreaCNS
Apr 5th, 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded $70,717.00 to pay for 20 researchers to attend a two-day manufacturing workshop in Seoul, South Korea in March. The award went into effect on March 1, 2013, officially the first day of across-the-board spending cuts, the sequestration.
Federal Govt. Spends $2.1 Million to Study 'What Animals Really Think'CNS
Apr 3rd, 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded a $2.1 million grant over five years for a research project titled, “Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think.” The research project will promote evolution and animal welfare “in the world and in our homes.”
Feds Spending $880,000 to Study Benefits of Snail SexCNS
Mar 27th, 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
U.S. Will Pay $2 Million So Prison Inmates Can Teach Wild Horses to be 'Gentle'CNS
Mar 22nd, 2013
The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is giving away $2 million in taxpayer funds over five years for inmates to train and care for wild horses and burros.
$384,949 Federal Study Looks at 'Plasticity in Duck Penis Length'CNS
Mar 19th, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $384,949 grant to Yale University for a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”.