FW: Census 2000 News Alert

Beverly Railsback railsbac at NJSL.TESC.EDU
Tue Dec 15 08:58:18 EST 1998


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Beverly Railsback
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gage, Linda [SMTP:FILGAGE at DOF.CA.GOV]
> Sent: Monday, December 14, 1998 12:56 PM
> To:   SDC-L at lists.psu.edu
> Subject:      Census 2000 News Alert
>
> > December 14, 1998
> >
> > NEWS ALERT
> >
> > House Leaders Consider Shifting Census Oversight to
> > Internal Watchdog Committee
> >
> > Monitoring Board, House Panel Continue Hearings
> >
> > House Republican leaders are considering a proposal to transfer
> > jurisdiction over the census to the House Oversight Committee, which
> is
> > responsible for congressional office budgets, campaign finance
> reform
> > and contested elections, and operations of the House generally.  The
> > pending change was reported last week by the Capitol Hill newspaper
> Roll
> > Call and confirmed by lawmakers and staff aides who work on census
> > issues.  Under the proposal, the Subcommittee on the Census of the
> > Government Reform and Oversight Committee, created a year ago, would
> be
> > eliminated.
> >
> > Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the census
> > subcommittee, strongly criticized the proposed shift.  "The
> Leadership
> > felt their control on this issue slipping away.  People are becoming
> > more aware of their ploy to be sure America's minorities remain
> > anonymous," Rep. Maloney said in a written statement.  She accused
> > Republican leaders of "burying the Census issue in a paper pushing
> > committee."  Census Subcommittee Chairman Dan Miller (R-FL) has not
> yet
> > issued a statement.  He and Rep. Maloney were presiding over a
> hearing
> > in Miami, FL, last Thursday to examine local efforts in support of
> the
> > census.
> >
> > The House Oversight Committee has six Republican and three
> Democratic
> > members; the Government Reform panel's current party ratio is 24 to
> 19,
> > plus one Independent.  Chaired by Rep. William M. Thomas (R-CA), the
> > Oversight panel has no subcommittees.  The committee's senior
> Democrat
> > in the 105th Congress, Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT), is leaving the
> panel.
> > Roll Call also reports that Republican leaders might change the
> panel's
> > name back to the Committee on House Administration, the title used
> when
> > Democrats were in the majority.
> >
> > Responsibility for overseeing Census Bureau activities in the House
> of
> > Representatives has shifted several times in recent years.  Prior to
> > 1995, the Subcommittee on Census and Population (later called the
> > Subcommittee on Census, Statistics, and Postal Personnel) of the
> > Committee on Post Office and Civil Service had jurisdiction over the
> > Census Bureau and broader issues related to the Federal statistical
> > system.  The entire committee was eliminated when Republicans
> assumed
> > the majority in 1995, and jurisdiction over the census was handed to
> the
> > Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and
> Criminal
> > Justice of a revamped Government Reform panel.  The national
> security
> > subcommittee was chaired by former-Rep. William Zeliff (R-NH) in the
> > 104th Congress, and then by Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) for the
> first
> > year of the 105th Congress.  Republican leaders created the new
> census
> > subcommittee at the start of 1998 and named Rep. Miller as chairman.
> It
> > is unclear whether the House Oversight Committee would monitor all
> > Census Bureau activities and other data issues or just the 2000
> census.
> > Another subcommittee under the Government Reform panel has been
> > examining changes to the Federal rules governing the collection of
> > racial and ethnic data.
> >
> > Monitoring Board continues hearings: The Census Monitoring Board
> will
> > hold a hearing in Sacramento, CA, on December 16, to discuss the
> > nearly-completed census dress rehearsal.  Sacramento was one of
> three
> > sites where the Census Bureau conducted a dry-run of census
> operations
> > this year.  Under a congressional directive to prepare for two
> census
> > designs, the Bureau carried out its original plan in Sacramento,
> which
> > included sampling to complete follow-up visits to unresponsive
> > households and a post-census quality check survey to measure and
> correct
> > under-and overcounts.  The Board's hearing will take place from 8:00
> > a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in the City of Sacramento Council Chambers, 915
> "I"
> > Street.  The meeting is open to the public.
> >
> > Congressional hearings continue: The House Subcommittee on the
> Census
> > held a hearing in Miami, FL, last Thursday to discuss ideas from
> local
> > officials and community organizations on how to ensure an accurate
> > census.  According to a December 11 article in The Miami Herald,
> > witnesses from community-based organizations and Rep. Carrie Meek
> (D-FL)
> > told the lawmakers that statistical methods must be used in addition
> to
> > the traditional mail and door-to-door counting.  Rep. Maloney
> praised a
> > letter in support of the Census Bureau's 2000 plan signed by nearly
> > two-dozen local groups including the Urban League, the Alliance for
> > Aging, the Haitian American Foundation, and the Miami-Dade County
> > Hispanic Advisory Board.  Chairman Miller said that more aggressive
> > promotion could improve the accuracy of the census and noted that
> two
> > Federal district courts concluded this summer that sampling was
> > unlawful.
> >
> > At a press conference earlier in the week, Miami-Dade County Mayor
> Alex
> > Penelas announced the formation of a Complete Count Committee to
> oversee
> > and coordinate local activities in support of the 2000 census.
> Mayor
> > Penelas said the area's net undercount of 70,000 in 1990
> "shortchanged"
> > the community.  "For a successful Census that includes everyone, we
> need
> > to use statistical techniques such as sampling," he noted.  The
> Mayor
> > was joined by representatives of community organizations including
> the
> > NAACP, American Association of University Women, Organization of
> Chinese
> > Americans, and Cuban American National Council, Inc.  All of the
> groups
> > stressed the importance of census participation in their communities
> and
> > voiced support for the use of sampling to supplement the direct
> counting
> > effort.
> >
> > The subcommittee plans additional field hearings to discuss ideas
> from
> > local officials and community-based organizations on improving the
> > census process.  At the December 3 - 4 meeting of the 2000 Census
> > Advisory Committee, Chairman Miller's staff announced sessions in
> > Phoenix, AZ, on January 28, and Los Angeles, CA, several days later.
> > The hearings were disclosed before word of the subcommittee's
> possible
> > elimination became public.
> >
> > Congressional committee assignments: Republican and Democratic
> lawmakers
> > continued to make committee assignments in anticipation of the start
> of
> > the 106th Congress on January 6.  Three new Senators will join the
> > Committee on Governmental Affairs, which oversees the census: Sen.
> Judd
> > Gregg (R-NH), who also chairs the appropriations subcommittee
> > responsible for the Census Bureau's budget, and freshmen Senators
> George
> > Voinovich (R-OH) and John Edwards (D-NC).  The new committee members
> > will replace Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Don Nickles (R-OK)
> and
> > retiring Sen. John Glenn (D-OH), the panel's senior Democrat.
> >
> > The Census 2000 Initiative will publish a roster of all
> congressional
> > committees with responsibility for census funding and oversight
> after
> > the 106th Congress convenes and panel assignments are complete.
> >
> >
> > Questions about the information contained in this News Alert may be
> > directed to TerriAnn Lowenthal at (202) 484-2270 or, by e-mail at
> > <terriann2k at aol.com>.  Please direct all requests to receive News
> > Alerts, and all changes in address/phone/fax/e-mail, to Census 2000
> at
> > <Census2000 at ccmc.org> or 202/326-8700.  Please feel free to
> circulate
> > this information to colleagues and other interested individuals.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >



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