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  • Commentary posted September 5, 2003 by Virginia L. Thomas A Wake-Up Call

    Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts -- you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that…

  • Testimony posted October 3, 2000 by Virginia L. Thomas Looking for Results at the Justice Department

    I want to thank Chairman Sessions for requesting this written testimony on the U.S. Department of Justice's use of performance-based management, with a particular focus on their first required Performance Report, from the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, to tell the taxpayers what their programs are accomplishing. My name is Virginia Thomas. I am a…

  • Testimony posted September 26, 2000 by Virginia L. Thomas The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Use of Performance Based Management

    INTRODUCTION I want to thank Chairman Allard for the invitation to testify today on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's use of performance-based management, with a particular focus on their first required Performance Report, from the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, to tell the taxpayers what their programs are accomplishing. My…

  • Backgrounder posted June 26, 2000 by Virginia L. Thomas Restoring Government Integrity Through Performance, Results, AndAccountability

    Opinion polls consistently show low levels of public trust and confidence in the federal government. These low expectations of federal performance reflect the widespread belief that Washington is wasting a high proportion of the tax dollars Americans pay each year. In 1998, a survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center found that 64 percent of Americans…

  • Testimony posted March 22, 2000 by Virginia L. Thomas Restoring Integrity to Government with Performance, Results, and Accountability

    Thank you for requesting written testimony from me for your hearing on the impact of the Government Performance and Results Act's (GPRA/Results Act) implementation on the legislative process. I must stress, however, that the views I express are entirely my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. You will…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas Satisfaction Guaranteed?

    Judging from the media coverage of a recent taxpayer-funded survey of "customer satisfaction" with the federal government, Washington bureaucrats now give your local Sears repairman a run for his money when it comes to prompt, friendly service. "Customers Satisfied With Government," an AP headline read. "Uncle Sam Gets Thumbs Up," The Washington Post declared. In…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas Mosaic 2000: An Educational Dragnet

    Tell me, does your teenager ever dress sloppily? Feel isolated? Get average grades? Listen to music with violent lyrics? If so, perhaps you think he or she is going through the normal pangs of adolescence. But the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) has a different view: Your son or daughter is a potential felon whose every word and deed should be…

  • Testimony posted September 29, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas Time for Congress to Hold the Legal Services Corporation Accountable

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law / House Judiciary Committee - House of Representatives Thank you for holding this oversight hearing on the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Mr. Chairman. With your permission, I will make only a short oral statement and would ask that my entire statement be entered into the record. I…

  • Executive Summary posted July 22, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas, Ryan H. Rogers Executive Summary: Time for Congress to Hold the Legal Services Corporation Accountable

    The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a federally funded agency that provides free legal aid to the poor through 269 grantee offices around the country, is asking Congress for a $40 million increase in funding for fiscal year (FY) 2000. The request, which will be considered under the Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies appropriations bill,…

  • Backgrounder posted July 22, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas, Ryan H. Rogers Time for Congress to Hold the Legal Services Corporation Accountable

    The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a federally funded agency with 269 grantee offices around the country that have provided over $6 billion of free legal aid to the eligible poor since 1974. For fiscal year (FY) 2000, the LSC is requesting a $40 million increase, to bring its funding level to $340 million. This represents about a 13 percent increase in agency…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 15, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas Juvenile Justice: Legislating Without Adequate Oversight of Existing Programs

    In the aftermath of the April 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, Congress is looking at ways to translate the national debate into tangible improvements in efforts to prevent juvenile crime. The House of Representatives will soon consider the Consequences for Juvenile Offenses Act of 1999 (H.R. 1501), which would authorize billions of additional…

  • Commentary posted April 28, 1999 by Virginia L. Thomas Not More Laws -- More Oversight

    Many people don't know that when Congress is not passing laws, spending money, or impeaching presidents it is-or should be-holding hearings and conducting investigations that ask tough questions of federal agencies and their use of taxpayer dollars. These hearings and investigations, known as congressional oversight, are perhaps the single most important feature of…

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