For Immediate Release:
May 28, 1999
BOARD MEETS WITH SECRETARY DALEY
Gilbert Casellas Named New Presidential Co-Chairman
- The bipartisan Census Monitoring Board met with U.S. Commerce Secretary
William Daley late yesterday to review the status of preparations for next
yearās decennial census. The meeting was held just hours after President Clinton
designated Board member Gilbert F. Casellas to be the new Co-Chairman of the
Presidential side of the Board, filling the vacancy created earlier this month
when former Co-Chairman Tony Coelho stepped down after being named General
Chairman of Gore 2000.
an investment banker, attorney and former president of the Hispanic National
Bar Association, has served as a Presidential Member of the Board since its
creation last year. His elevation to Co-Chairman means there is still a fourth
slot to fill on the Presidential side on the Board, and the White House expects
to make that decision soon. "I am honored to be appointed Presidential Co-Chair,
and I look forward to working with Secretary Daley and my colleagues on both
sides to help build bipartisan consensus for a complete count of the U.S.
population," said Mr. Casellas.
the meeting with Secretary Daley, Deputy Secretary Robert Mallett and Undersecretary
for Economic Affairs Robert Shapiro was "a very positive discussion that focused
on the fact that the nonpartisan Census Bureau is dedicated to one thing and
one thing only: a fair and accurate census that does not undercount any segment
of our diverse society."
Board is an eight-member body, with four members appointed by the Republican
leadership in Congress and four by the Administration. Its statutory mandate
is to "observe and monitor all aspects of the preparation and implementation
of the 2000 decennial census."
the past year, the Monitoring Board has held several public hearings in Washington
where Census Bureau officials have detailed their operational plans for next
yearās census. In addition, Board members have traveled throughout the country
to receive input from state and local governments, as well as community organizations
involved in census preparations. In April, the Board issued its first bipartisan
report to Congress in which it made several joint recommendations for Congress
and the Bureau to consider.
Casellas said that it "can only be good news" that Congress and the Administration
are beginning to overcome their differences on census policy. Last week, President
Clinton signed into law a supplemental appropriations bill passed by Congress
that fully funds the Census Bureau for the remainder of fiscal year 1999.
just 10 months to go before Census Day (April 1, 2000), itās time for Democrats
and Republicans alike to set aside our differences on methodology and focus
instead on the huge challenge of encouraging all Americans to participate
in this vital civic endeavor." Casellas added that he personally supports
the plan developed by the Census Bureau and the National Academy of Sciences
to correct the expected undercount of minorities and children through the
use of modern statistical methods.
F. Casellas is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Swarthmore Group,
an investment and financial advisory firm. He previously served as Chair of
the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as General Counsel of
the United States Air Force. He currently serves as a trustee of the University
of Pennsylvania, and as director of both the Hispanic Federation of New York
and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. A native of Tampa, Florida,
he received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University
of Pennsylvania Law School.
Contact: Mark Johnson