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Five Cabinet members speak for Gore, pitch diversity

August 17, 2000 As President Clinton's Cabinet secretaries approach the end of their terms, Vice President Gore's presidential campaign has tapped five of them to whip up support for his campaign during this week's Democratic National Convention, while the Democratic National Committee has enlisted several others to make the rounds with convention delegates....

Census criticized for 'rushed' count

July 26, 2000 House Government Reform Census Subcommittee Chairman Dan Miller, R-Fla., called Tuesday on the Census Bureau to review the quality of decennial census data from 15 local census offices, after a subcommittee analysis suggested that a "rushed census" may have compromised the accuracy of the bureau's field work. "The concern was...

Senator: More oversight, less budgeting necessary

April 28, 2000 Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Wednesday renewed his call for biennial budgeting and said Congress must direct more of its attention to scrutinizing the government programs that it funds. "I believe we spend way too much time budgeting and appropriating," Domenici told a government performance conference hosted by...

Protesters keep federal employees from work

April 18, 2000 Protesters failed to prevent International Monitary Fund and World Bank delegates from meeting Monday, but their marches and rallies through Washington forced a lockdown of much of the business district, which includes a number of federal offices. The home of agencies including the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and...

Senate panel turns up federal management heat

April 12, 2000 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee has pressed 24 federal agencies by sending letters asking them to detail their progress on complying with the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, which requires the government to take stock of its information technology. "Since Congress passed legislation four years ago to address some serious shortcomings, we...

Census Bureau points finger back at Congress

April 10, 2000 After battling with Democrats to conduct a traditional census for 2000, Republicans now find themselves divided on whether the public must really answer all those questions. As the bureau mailed out its census forms, congressional offices began hearing complaints from those upset about being asked for detailed information-especially on the...

Privacy concerns embroil 2000 census

March 29, 2000 As a furor erupted over privacy issues related to the 2000 decennial census, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., circulated a "Dear Colleague" Monday arguing it is in an individual's best interest to fully respond to census questionnaires. "The questions asked by the census represent a balance between the needs of our...

GAO gives Census management a "B"

February 17, 2000 General Accounting Office Associate Director Christopher Mihm said Tuesday the Census Bureau has done a sound job overall in preparing for the 2000 decennial census-but that uncertainties largely beyond the bureau's control could threaten the timelines and accuracy of the census. "I'd give them a firm B. They've worked very...

Census chief says agency will meet staffing goals

February 10, 2000 Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt told the House Government Reform Census Subcommittee Tuesday that planning for the 2000 decennial census continues to go smoothly. But he added that he wants to keep open communication with Congress if a crisis develops and congressional actions-and appropriations-are needed. Prewitt said the Census Bureau...

GOP leaders call budget a return to big government

February 8, 2000 House Republican leaders Monday accused President Clinton of being fiscally irresponsible for proposing new spending and debt reduction at the same time, while questioning his commitment to real tax relief. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., released a statement calling Clinton's request a "paradox," adding: "How can we pay down the...

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