The money has gone WHERE?

Stay Informed

As NDAA Markups Begin, Problems Linger on Transparency and Spending Levels
04/28/2015 at 07:29 am - Michi Iljazi


This week the U.S. House of Representatives will markup the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2016. While TPA has continued to praise the House of Representatives for their strides on transparency with an open process that allows for amendments and debate to be shown to the public, the Senate has yet to embrace the notion of that same open process. In the Senate, the biggest change may come with long-needed transparency that matches the House process by having an “Open-NDAA,” a process by which the public can see what actually happens. TPA has been a vocal voice advocating for an open-process for the NDAA in the Senate and once again TPA joined a transpartisan coalition letter (below) urging new Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to adopt an open and more transparent process for the Senate’s procedures on this year’s NDAA markup. Sen. McCain is a supporter of having an open-process for NDAA, but it remains to be seen if that position will win once the markup occurs in a few weeks.

Click 'read more' below to see the full letter

read more »

Twitter Feed

Tue Apr 28 18:44 RT @Reduce_Spending: Via @Protectaxpayers, here's quick rundown of why fiscal conservatives should be concerned with…
Tue Apr 28 18:43 #FCC to take a look at #spectrum discounts in Designated Entity program: (via .@WSJ)
Tue Apr 28 17:26 .@thehill: RSC finalizing #Obamacare replacement bill
Tue Apr 28 17:11 Woo hoo! RT @DoreyScheimer: WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Football League giving up tax-exempt status; Goodell says it was a `distraction’.
Tue Apr 28 16:52 New #TPA podcast: #trade w/ David Williams; & #SSDI w/ Our Generation!
Tue Apr 28 15:00 #SHOCKER: Silver Line on DC Metro is over budget & behind schedule
Tue Apr 28 13:42 #TPA President David Williams in @InsideSourcesDC: "When Corporate Welfare Trumps States’ Rights" #internetgambling
Tue Apr 28 12:33 #TPA- As NDAA Markups Begin, Problems Linger on Transparency & Spending Levels #OpenNDAA #DOD
Tue Apr 28 12:01 #TPA on House bill: A Win for Innovation & Intellectual Property #Patent (cc: .@RepGoodlatte)
Mon Apr 27 20:45 .@SteveScalise reaffirms his support for #EndExIm! (via .@rollcall)


TPA President David Williams spoke to Capital Insider about wasteful spending at the NIH and Ebola.


TPA's Michi Iljazi on 'Comcast Newsmakers' Discussing Tax Reform

» Watch More Videos

Featured Article

Small businesses are undoubtedly the backbone of our economy. We would all agree that more must be done to foster their growth. However, when misguided government efforts to do so lack the appropriate oversight and rules, a few bad acting corporate entities will exploit flawed policies and line their pockets with taxpayer-funded dollars.


Satellite provider Dish Network exemplified this when it took advantage of a program designed to help small business win coveted spectrum in a recent auction held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Dish has an 85-percent financial interest in Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies that didn't exist until a few months before the auction. Because they have little to no revenue, they qualified as small businesses under the FCC's Designated Entity (DE) program and got a 25-percent bidding credit. They outbid major competitors on countless occasions, and Dish ultimately won about half of the licenses up for grabs – more than $13 billion worth, with a more than $3 billion discount, courtesy of taxpayers. Only AT&T spent more


About Us

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government's effects on the economy. Through its network of taxpayers and citizen activists, TPA will hold politicians accountable for the effects of their policies and will offer real solutions to runaway deficits and debt.

Join TPA

Follow Us in Facebook Follow Us in Twitter Youtube Facebook Twitter Youtube