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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 13 December 1999



WHERE UNCLE SAM SHOPS:  PRESS BRIEFING ON
50-STATE ANALYSIS OF INEQUITY IN FEDERAL PURCHASING
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, December 16, will
host a press briefing to release WHERE UNCLE SAM SHOPS, a new
analysis of federal procurement spending overall and by agency during
1996-1998.  The Institute's report includes 32 data tables with
state-by-state information for all 50 states.

      Procurement is the least equitably distributed of all types of
federal funds.  The federal government in fiscal 1998 spent more than
$178 billion purchasing everything from office space, to military
aircraft, to candy bars.  The South received 114 percent of the
national per-capita dollar amount of this spending and the West 121
percent.  The Northeast-Midwest overall received only 75 percent of
the nation's per-capita figure, with the Midwest getting just 50
percent.

      The report finds a tremendous range in the state-to-state
purchasing patterns by agency.  The agencies with the least equitable
distribution of procurement were:  the Departments of Housing and
Urban Development, Energy, Education, and Interior.  The Postal
Service was the most equitable.

      The top ten states for per-capita procurement spending over the
1996-1998 period were Virginia, New Mexico, Maryland, Alaska,
Missouri, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and
Washington.

      The lowest ten states for per-capita procurement spending during
those three years were Wyoming, Illinois, North Carolina, Iowa, West
Virginia, Delaware, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, and Arkansas.

      The press briefing on Thursday, December 16, will begin at 10:00
am in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT:  Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


STAFF NEWS
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      The Institute announces that long- time senior policy analyst
Paula Duggan will be leaving public policy, effective December 17.
Paula is best known among Institute constituents for her work
tracking the flow of federal funds to the states, including this past
summer's report 25 YEARS IN THE NORTHEAST-MIDWEST and the upcoming
WHERE UNCLE SAM SHOPS, to be released on December 16, which documents
regional inequity in federal procurement.  She authored the 1998 law
that reformed governance within the Bureau of Labor Statistics'
employment data programs, making the states co-managers with BLS of
policy-making and budgeting for labor market information.  After 25
years in public policy, Paula is changing tracks completely and
heading for the world of Russian decorative arts at Hillwood Museum,
here in Washington.


JOB OPENINGS
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for four new
staffers.  An ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYST would focus on sustainable
development issues associated with the Upper Mississippi River.  A
BUDGET ANALYST would track the flow of federal funds to the states.
An ENERGY RESEARCH ASSISTANT would focus on industrial efficiency
issues.  And a STAFF ASSISTANT would perform a variety of
administrative support functions.  More detailed job descriptions are
on the Institute's web site  www.nemw.org/jobs.htm.


LIHEAP/WEATHERIZATION
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      Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY)
are encouraging their Northeast-Midwest Senate colleagues to co-sign
a letter to President Clinton expressing strong support for the Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Weatherization
Assistance Program (WAP), and the State Energy Conservation Program
(SECP).  The letter asks for $1.4 billion in LIHEAP regular funding
for fiscal year 2001, and $1.4 billion in advance funding for fiscal
year 2002.  In addition, the letter seeks at least $154 million for
WAP, and $37 million for SECP for fiscal year 2001; these are the
same levels that the administration has requested for these two
programs over the past five years.  The deadline for signing the
letter is noon, Friday, December 17.

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
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      Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) is spearheading a
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition letter to President Clinton urging
adequate budgetary and staffing resources for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP).
The letter states, "These resources are necessary to assure timely,
full standardization, and validation of screens and tests under the
EDSP, in a manner consistent with the validation criteria articulated
by the multi-stakeholder Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing
Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) in its final report."  Senators Patrick
Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have signed on; other
senators are encouraged to join the letter by December 17.

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition.


LEAD HAZARD CONTROL
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      Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) spearheaded a letter to the Office of
Management and Budget regarding funds for the Department of Housing
and Urban Development's Office of Lead Hazard Control.  The letter
seeks a budget request of $250 million in order to create affordable
lead-safe housing, to train low-income individuals in lead-related
trades, and to raise local and national awareness about this problem.
Lead poisoning continues to rank as the number one environmental
health threat to children.

      CONTACT:  Rebecca Morley with Sen. Reed (224-4642).

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