Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in 2014 put TALOS on his annual Wastebook
list of government boondoggles, saying experts he had consulted claimed it couldn't be done.
Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Cobum's final edition of his "Wastebook
," published October 22, lists 100 ways that the federal government is wasting taxpayer dollars on wacky, useless, and exasperating projects.
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That is, the steward should maintain entity-based accounts conforming to "the true Italian Principles." That the system was also intended to serve as a record of personal accountability is evident from the following comment: "we may begin the WasteBook
, by taking an Inventory of all the real and personal Estate of the Lord, which is committed to the Care of the Steward" (p.
Senator's annual "Wastebook" guide to "some of the most wasteful and low priority government spending." (96)
(96) The two others were a $10 million effort to create a Pakistani version of the Sesame Street television program and a $12 million project to encourage energy savings in Pakistani industry (Senator Tom Coburn's "Wastebook 2011" is at http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/6946d43b-bccf-4579-990e-15a763532b40.html).
Voke  and Baxter [1946, 1956] were among the first to observe accounting practices in an era characterized by the scarcity of money, barter transactions, and use of a system of books including the wastebook
, journals, and ledgers.
It is clear from the reports of the Government Accountability Office, Senator Coburn's annual Wastebooks
, Citizens Against Government Waste's annual Pig Book, and many other analyses, that when addressing a newly discovered problem, Congress doesn't even check to see if there already is a government program addressing it.
Whereas past "wastebooks
" have included scientific research among other federal spending the senator considers wasteful, this report focuses solely on scientific research, including references to several grants that are no longer active.