FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Mar. 23, 2010
Emily Spain, Carper, 202-224-2441
Jon Houston, Maloney, 202-225-7944
Gregg Bortz, Dent, 610-861-9734
Sens. Carper, Coburn & Reps. Maloney, Dent to introduce bipartisan Census reform bill
WASHINGTON (Mar. 23, 2010) – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) will hold a press conference Thursday, March 25 at the House Triangle by the U.S. Capitol (rain room TBA) at 11:30 a.m. to announce introduction of the “Census Oversight Efficiency and Management Reform Act.”
This bipartisan bill is crafted to improve Census management challenges which arise from the fact the Census operates on a constitutionally mandated ten-year cycle while Presidential administrations which oversee management of the Census operate on a four-year cycle. The bill strengthens Congressional oversight of the Census to help prevent operational problems that have emerged on the eve of the censuses in 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010, in part from a lack of steady leadership and management due to changes in Presidential administrations.
The bill is timed for consideration just as the country is in the midst of returning their current census forms– drawing attention to the fact that just over two years ago, there were serious last-minute census design changes which threatened a successful, cost-efficient 2010 Census, in part from a lack of steady leadership and management due to changes in Presidential administrations.
Introduction of the Census Oversight Efficiency and Management Reform Act
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) Chair, Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security Subcommittee
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair, Joint Economic Committee
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Also attending, two former Census Bureau Directors under both D and R Administrations:
Vincent P. Barabba, (Ford, 1973-1976; Carter, 1979-1981)
Martha Farnsworth Riche, (pronounced “Rich-y”) (Clinton, 1994-1998)
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:30 AM.
Outdoors at the House Triangle by the U.S. Capitol (Rain Room TBA)