Rep. Maloney Applauds FY09 Census SIPP Funding

Feb 4, 2008
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, praised the inclusion of full funding for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) in the Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget proposal that was released today.  The Bush Administration has left funding for this important Census program out of previous budget proposals.

“Good data makes good policy,” said Rep. Maloney.  “We need the SIPP to determine which government programs are working and how to best make use of taxpayer dollars in tight fiscal times.  I am glad the Administration finally understood that.”  

The Bush Administration originally planned to phase out the SIPP last year, with the intent to replace it with a redesigned survey later on.  After reevaluating their plan and receiving negative feedback from members of Congress and policy stakeholders, the Administration acknowledged that the timeline for ending the SIPP and beginning its replacement would not only yield a disastrous data gap, but an unworkable survey tool.  The Administration changed course and decided to continue the SIPP.

“I want to thank all of the policy groups and economists who worked so hard to help reverse the Administration’s original SIPP decision,” added Rep. Maloney.  “Because of their dedication and hard work, the Administration came to understand how important SIPP is to creating and implementing good public policy.”

Background:

The SIPP was created by the Census Bureau in 1984 to gather more detailed information about the impact of government aid on people’s lives and how people move in and out of government programs.  Rather than just capturing information at a point in time, the SIPP is unique because it questions thousands of the same people every few months for several years, providing a greater understanding of transitions into and out of government programs.

The rich and detailed data generated by this survey allow researchers and lawmakers to examine the real-world impact of a wide variety of government programs, such as welfare reform, Medicaid, child-support enforcement, and unemployment insurance.  The survey provides essential information on the extent to which programs meet families’ basic needs and promote upward mobility.  The SIPP also provides more in-depth information than other government surveys on work-family issues, such as maternity leave, child care usage and costs, and the work schedules of couples.                                                                         

For more Information on Maloney’s Census Work: https://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_issues&task=view_issue&issue=235&parent=11&Itemid=35.

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