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Budget negotiators cut spending, delay paychecks

November 18, 1999 President Clinton indicated Wednesday he would accept a 0.38 percent across-the-board spending cut to help offset fiscal 2000 spending, and budget bargainers also agreed to delay some federal employees' paychecks by a day next September to shift payroll costs into fiscal 2001. Under a tentative agreement between the White House...

White House indicates support for second short-term funding measure

October 18, 1999 Even as GOP leaders Thursday vowed to get the remaining appropriations measures to President Clinton by the time the current continuing resolution expires next Thursday, White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart Friday all but offered Congress a one-week extension. Clinton, Lockhart indicated, would grant Republicans another CR "if they can...

IRS criticized for failure to collect payroll taxes

August 3, 1999 The General Accounting Office reported Monday that the IRS is unlikely to collect much of the $49 billion in cumulative unpaid payroll taxes, which accounts for 22 percent of the $222 billion overall owed to the IRS in delinquent taxes. GAO Associate Director Gregory Kutz said only about 9 percent...

HCFA falls short in contractor oversight, auditors say

July 15, 1999 The Health Care Financing Administration must do a better job overseeing the private contractors it hires to process Medicare payments, according to General Accounting Office and inspector general reports presented Wednesday to the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. HHS Deputy Inspector General George Grob said private contractors have fallen...

Administration seeks $1.7B more for census

June 3, 1999 The Clinton administration is requesting an additional $1.7 billion in fiscal 2000 to help the Census Bureau comply with a January Supreme Court decision requiring the bureau to use more traditional methods to provide figures for the apportionment of House seats. "The FY2000 costs, over and above the budget originally...

Clinton to Congress: Pay raise too high

May 28, 1999 The Office of Management and Budget Thursday released a statement of administration policy opposing the House version of the Defense authorization bill, saying the measure increases military pay and retirement benefits by too much. The $289 billion Defense authorization bill (H.R. 1401) under consideration in the House includes a 4.8...

Census Bureau announces first business partnership

May 6, 1999 Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt Wednesday announced a partnership arrangement with Goodwill Industries International to promote the 2000 decennial census and provide job training for welfare recipients and others. "I hope it will be a precedent for other [partnerships]. It's exactly the kind of partnership we need," Prewitt said. In...

Census Bureau reports big undercount in rehearsal

April 21, 1999 Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt Tuesday said three dress rehearsals for the 2000 census turned up substantial undercounts in the three tested sites, while he also reported active local participation as the bureau compiles its master address list. "There is simply no way to correct for the undercount," Prewitt said...

Board urges census management improvements

April 8, 1999 In a break from the partisanship that has surrounded the 2000 census, the Census Monitoring Board Wednesday released a joint report to Congress making 18 unanimous recommendations to improve census operations. "While there remain significant disagreements on many aspects of the census policy, the goal on which we all can...

Rehnquist: Leave judiciary out of census debate

March 30, 1999 Facing a funding cutoff June 15 because of the fight between Republicans and the Clinton administration over the use of sampling in next year's census, Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist has urged House and Senate appropriators to exempt the judiciary from the fight. "The judicial branch should not, and does...

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