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Despite appropriations difficulties in the Congress, which reduced the
Commission's budget by about 45 percent, decreased staff from 18 to 12
positions, cut office space 40 percent, and dismantled ACIR's library, the
Commission met twice, adopted two new policy reports and a new
information report, and published 14 reports plus 3 issues of its magazine,
These activities continued ACIR's strong 34-year record of
promoting dialogue about ways of improving federal-state-local
relationships. The Commission's achievements of 1993 are highlighted
under the following five headings:
*Federal Grants and Regulations
* Intergovernmental Policies and Programs
*Balancing Public Finances
*State and Local Governments
*Promoting Federal Democracy Abroad
* Federal Grants and Regulations
* ACIR assisted the staff of Vice-President Al Gore's National
ACIR updated its earlier research on the effects of federal regulations
on state and local governments, finding that neither congressional fiscal
notes, nor the Federalism Executive Order, nor court action kept the
number and burdens of these regulations from increasing.
ACIR participated in the first quarterly Conference on Regulations
Affecting State, Local, and Tribal Governments, convened by the U.S.
Office of Management and Budget pursuant to Executive Order 12866.
ACIR reviewed the "fragmentation" of the federal aid system, finding
an all-time high number of grants in 1992, a larger concentration of the
dollars in a few programs, and a large increase in the number of small
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