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Legislation

In March 2010, I introduced along with Reps. Charles Dent (R-PA), Ed Towns (D-NY), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), H.R. 4945, the Census Oversight, Efficiency and Management Reform Act.  Sens. Carper and Coburn have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.


H.R. 4945, the Census Oversight, Efficiency and Management Reform Act would:

  • Give the Director the independence to report directly to the Secretary without being required to report through any other official at the Commerce Department.
  • Increase the independence of the Director by allowing the Director to submit his or her own opinion in testimony to Congress even if it differs from the administration.
  • Make the Director of the Census Bureau a Presidential term appointment of five years, with the 10 year decennial cycle split into two, five-year phases - planning and operational, creating continuity across administrations.
  • Give the Director authority over all personnel and activities in the exercise of all powers and duties of the Bureau.
  • Give the Director the authority to establish advisory committees to provide advice with respect to any function of the Director.
  • Require that the Census Director provide budget information to Congress, at the time the Director submits a budget request to the Commerce Secretary to be included in the President’s budget request, prior to the Commerce Department’s budget request submission to OMB, increasing transparency and oversight.
  • Require the Director to submit to Congress a comprehensive annual report on the next decennial census, with a description of the Bureau’s performance standards and a risk-assessment of each significant decennial operation.

Full text of S. 3167(as passed 12/8/10)

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Documents/Reports

05/01/10 - Letter of Endorsement from National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund

04/27/10 - Letter of Endorsement from LCCR Leadership Conference

04/26/10 - Letter of endorsement from scientists and experts who have been on National Academies panels reviewing Census issues

03/25/10 - Letter of Endorsement from Seven Former Census Directors 

03/25/10 - Group Letter of Endorsement

03/25/10 - Letter of Endorsement from the Association of Population Centers Population Association of America (APPAA) 

03/24/10 - Section-by-Section Summary prepared by the Congressional Research Service