It is commonplace in the US Federal Government to see placards and signs admonishing us to be on guard for instances of “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA).” There are whole offices devoted to the mission of increasing awareness and reporting FWA violations. The phrase “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” is tossed around the Federal government like a rag doll. Fraud is pretty well understood and is covered in law and regulation. Abuse is covered in a similar way but is captured under ethical standards. Both Fraud and Abuse have penalties for engaging in such behavior, yet Waste is left unattended. Waste, for the most part is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s waste is another person’s necessity, so… who is correct?