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FEDERAL OVERSIGHT
(04/01) Federal DC Task Force OMB interagency task force, provides text of last-minute Clinton Executive Order codifying purpose and membership
(04/01) / DC Subcommitte, Senate Appns Comm 107th Congress membership
(04/01) Senate Gov't Operations Comm 107th Congress membership
(04/01) DC Subcommittee, House Appns Comm 107th Congress membership
(04/01) House Gov't Operations Comm 107th Congress membership
(04/01) HUD Gov't Oversight 107th Congress membership of all four subcommittees that could serve functions of dc oversight--considerable overlap in membership
(02/99) The Seven Mayors of DC litany of Congressional interventions in FY98 DC Budget, and FY99 budget; Post support for eliminating subcommittees; Davis support (?) for Williams;
(07/00) Congressional Meddling in DC Budget in 1999 provides a summary table of headlines relevant to Congressional interference in DC's 2000 budget, vetoed three times by President;
(11/00) Congressional Meddling in DC Budget in 2000 provides a summary table of headlines relevant to continuing Congressional interference in DC's 2001 budget, threatening yet another veto by President;
(02/98) Party Platforms party platform statements on DC (incomplete)

DC GOVERNANCE
(02/05) Make-up of DC Council for '05-'06 Period provides committee functions, DC agencies/commissions/boards, etc. overseen by each, and membership for the new period
(06/98) Article 1, Constitution provides basic quotes
(06/98) 23rd Amendment provides basic quote
(06/98) DC Ward Structure basis, size, contrasts, intra-district statistics
(06/01) DC Ward Redistricting in 2001 graphically shows proposed redistricting of wards to reflect loss of black population in several wards
(06/01) DC Racial Trends implications of exodus; steadily dropping black share--with update; impact of changed ward structure, updated for 200o Census
(08/99) DC Mayorality functions of immediate office; Barry vs Control Bd, Williams inaugural excerpts, administration growing pains
(08/99) DC Election Practices no primaries, or no run-off, inflated voter rolls?, 1998 elections, campaign financing, Council members outside pay
(12/00) Voter Turnout, Election 2000 provides turnout data for each DC ward--suggests that DC voter registration rolls remain significantly inflated
(09/00) Voting for School Board Reform NARPAC looks at summer, 2000 referendum on changing the composition of the DC School Board and concludes it was not an encouraging demonstration of democracy--on an issue over which DC exerts total control
(03/01) DC Council composition and assignments of 2001-2002 council members
(03/01) DC Council 1999-2000 Accomplishments lists Council's views of their accomplishments during "Period 13", including goals not yet achieved: suggest better success rate than mayor!
(03/01) DC Council Goals for 2001-2002 Session lists Council's planned goals to be achieved in "Period 14": general, qualitative aims will be difficult at best to "score"--many involve "monitoring" others' work
(04/99) Council Under Scrutiny recent critical reports from Appleseed Center, NCSL; samples of Council trivia bills for Feb, 1999; issues of too few members? too parochial? little regional focus? Congressional interference?
(07/00) DC Council Diversion summarizes Council plans to pass resolution favoring reparations for descendants of African American slaves with pros and cons from Colbert King column in Washington Post
(07/00) Oversight vs Micromangement analyses recent Council questions of DCPS superintendent--suggesting that many queries overstep customary bounds of "oversite" into meddling--like Congress does;
(06/98) Regional Authorities short list of metro area authorities
(08/99) DC's State Functions list of remaining state functions, cost examples of most expensive: Public Service Comm, licensing and inspection, St. Elizabeth's, insurance and banking regulation

DC AGENCIES IN RECEIVERSHIP
(11/98) Directly In Receivership Housing, DC Jail, Child Welfare, Lorton Medical, DC Mental Health
(11/98) Under Court Orders Medicaid, lottery board, DC Village, DC Corrections,UDC finances
(11/98) Under Control Boards DC Government, School Board
(11/98) Threat of Federal Takeover DC Tax collection, police dept, morgue, homicide division
(03/99) Federal Assistance listin of fed agencies helping DC: HUD, DoL, Treasury, IRS, FHA, DoEd, DHHS, Nat'l Park Police, Secret Service, Marshals Service, FBI, DEA, ATF, DoD, Fed Bureau of Prisons, FEMA, GSA,--et al, incl FY99 updates
(11/98) DC Federal Rescue Plan good news: removing some federal functions, statehood aspirations, mayor's authorities, adding legislation to encourage investment; bad news: more federal costs, retain 4 Congressional committees, no regionalization, no voting rights, no revamping of DC tax structure

DC BUDGET CONTENT
(05/98) 1995 DC Budget Revenues analysis of sources in DC, metro area, per-capita comparisons, ref other cities
(05/98) Equalized Tax Burdens small increase for MD, VA, equates to large reduction for DC--levels playing field
(05/99) Federal Grants very high levels, DC mishandles year after year
(02/99) Federal Payment how much?, why?, lost revenues listing, alternatives to commuter tax: nat'l surcharge, federal PILOT, states PILOT,
(05/98) DC Budget Expenditures tables of component spending, personnel levels, comparisons to metro area, combined state/local spending by MD, VA
(03/99) Budget Turnaround balanced budgets coming, savings from Fed Rescue Plan, sources of FY97 and FY98 surpluses
(05/98) DC Tax Revision Commission major recommendations; overhaul business, personal income, real property, sales and utility taxes; comparable taxes elsewhere, cost of--and value of--federal presence, tax drivers: debt, personnel levels, human support services, UDC
(05/98) Brookings: Structural Imbalance Remains cautions that spending rising faster than revenues?, adopt tax revisions (above), NARPAC alternatives summarized
(07/99) DC FY2000 Budget Proposal new course, old baggage; trends thru 2003 in demographics, revenues, expenditures; some new initiatives; tax reductions; capital budget; good new budget format; NARPAC critiques re increasing taxpayers, treating personnel separately, grant personnel; regional peer comparisons; basic data points; quantitative measures; comparison to new Montgomery County budget
(04/00) The Mayor Presents His FY2001 Budget summary report re "Making the Vision a Reality" outlines spending decisions to begin to implement "City-wide Strategic Plan"--in 5 strategic priority areas: strengthening kids, families, individuals; building/sustaining healthy neighborhoods; making government work; promoting economic development; and enhancing unity of purpose and democracy (seems to ignore bigger picture)
(08/00) Analysis of FY2001 DC Budget provides analysis and implications for progress in revitalizing the nation's capital city next year. It includes materials on: gross budget changes from last year; two-year increases in government personnel; office/agency rankings by personnel levels; five-year budget trends--which are almost meaningless; growing welfare costs: DC's 300-lb gorilla; a very respectable long-term capital investments budget; a long list of typical (and dubious?) agency performance measures; and the City's very disappointing retreat from 'benchmarking' to improve governrment efficiency;
(09/00) Testimony of Alice Rivlin on FY2001 DC Budget summary of Control Board chair testimony supporting DC's new budget, which NARPAC thinks presents too rosy a picture--that will make tough choices less likely
(07/01) Broad View of DC's FY02 Budget takes 20- year view of budget trends, including current projections finds return to "business as usual" budget trend lines, little obvious impact of Control Bd. Also looks critically at performance measures and benchmarking, finding virtually no improvement over last year (see above);
(05/02) FY03 DC Budget Proposal provides a summary of the constrained FY03 budget, with significant growth only in human support services and public schools, though both are supposedly serving smaller populations. Further tax reductions are put on hold. Precarious "structural imbalance" is not evident
(05/02) Assessing DC's Total Property provides a general break-out of DC's residential and commercial taxable properties, comparing them with an almost equal set of DC, federal, and non-governmental tax-exempt properties. But does this cause the "structural imbalance"?
(05/02) DC's Structural Imbalance provides a critical analysis on the conventional wisdom about the perceived mismatch between revenues and expenditures resulting from the Federal presence. Does anyone think DC would be in better financial shape without it?
(02/04) The Great Property Tax Relief Debate of 2002 reviews the reasons for and options to provide relief from rapidly rising property taxes. Provides analysis of who pays how much in income and real estate taxes by AGI bracket, and raises questions of what else the windfall revenues might have been used for
(09/03) FY03 Capital Improvement Plan explores DC's fuzzy, inconsistent 6-yr CIPs, indicating sources of funding (40% from the Feds!), and mechanisms for paying off bonds. It also concludes that the serious shortage of capital improveent funding recently highlighted by GAO is probably very exaggerated
(12/00) New Economic Transformation Act of 2000 describes three categories of new incentives for workforce development; affordable facilities; and "targeted financial incentives": NARPAC disparages such 'bribery' to live in nation's capital
(04/00) The Fleecing of Whom by Whom? takes on inaccuracies in Tom Brokaws's NBC Nightly News segment on "The Fleecing of America"-- suggests that the federal government and neighboring states are the real fleecers, and that DC residents/taxpayers are the real fleecees

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