provides more in-depth information than other government surveys on work-family issues, suchas maternity leave, child care usage and costs, and the work schedules
couples. I have workedsuccessfully with
secure full funding for the SIPP and keep this vital programintact.The Founding Fathers' recognition
the need for fully representative government which putpower in the hands
people was unprecedented at the time
the Constitution's adoption.The
decennial census is a uniquely American invention.
is indispensable to the basicprinciples
democratic representation that the decennial census is seen
the Americ1ill publicto be completely independent and nonpartisan.
Since 2002, I have introduced legislation
reform the federal government's procurementpolicies to prevent those individuals who repeatedly violate federal law from receiving millions
dollars from the federal government. The "Contractor and Federal Spending AccountabilityAct," signed into law as part
the FY09 National Defense Authorization
(P.L. 110-417),helped to bring integrity back
the federal procurement system by establishing a centralized andcomprehensive database on actions taken against federal contractors and assistance participants,requiring a description
these actions. Up until now, there had been little to stop anunscrupulous contractor from bouncing from one federal agency to another, scarnming taxpayersat each stop. The
repository places all contractor information in one place, and requiresfederal procurement officers to use the information in certifying a vendor.
gives governmentwatchdogs--federal suspension and debarment officials--the centralized information they needto crack down on fraudulent contractors.Further, as a
York City Councilwoman, I successfully led an effort
implement a similarsystem (VENDEX).
I have been a long-time critic
waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs and havebattled Big Oil for nearly 15 years to ensure that taxpayers are paid their fair share
royaltiesfrom oil companies that drill
federal lands.I was a leader in efforts to revise the Interior Department's oil-valuation rules.
1997, the House Subcommittee
Government Management, Information and Technology heldtwo hearings looking into the Minerals Management Service's (MMS) royalty-collection effortswhich were instrumental in getting
to re-write its oil-valuation rules. I also worked withthe General Accounting Office and the House Resources Committee to bring about strongeroversight
MMS. I led the successful effort in 2000 to force oil companies to pay the federalgovernment fair market value instead
"posted prices" set
the industry. Because
advocacy and the efforts
other good government proponents, in the spring
the InteriorDepartment's Minerals Management Service released its final oil valuation rule, which resultedin the federal government collecting millions more annually in oil and gas revenues.