Public Service Cited
Washingtonians Raul Yzaguirre and Frederick Neuman were among the seven winners of the 1986 Public Service Achievement Awards given by Common Cause for contributions to the public interest.
Yzaguirre has been the president of the National Council of La Raza for 11 years.
On the national level, La Raza conducts research and policy studies concerning Hispanics. Its 90 affiliates conduct projects in housing, economic development and human services.
La Raza's Production Center produces television programs, including "Latin Tempo," an entertainment show that "promotes positive role models and reaches a broad audience," Yzaguirre said.
Yzaguirre estimates that Hispanics comprise 7 percent of the population, and that by the early 21st century will increase to 20 percent.
Neuman directed the Defense Contract Audit Agency from 1976 to 1981, as part of his 41 years with the federal government.
The agency audits billions of dollars in goverment defense contracts defense and employs about 4,500 people throughout the United States and abroad.
"I pursued certain items that I didn't think appropriate" for the government to pay for, Neuman said. Specifically, he questioned the practice of paying for contractors' legal fees to defend themselves against charges of fraud, and for public relations and lobbying campaigns. Ending these practices, Neuman said, saved money "for the government and therefore the taxpayer."
Neuman left the government in 1981. He currently works for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell in Silver Spring, consulting with government contractors to bring them into compliance with government regulations.
8 Receive Scholarships Eight Washingtonians have won scholarships through ACT-SO, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Commerce Committee for Black Concerns.
ACT-SO, designed to inspire interest in academics and the arts among high school students, drew 51 high school students to Cardozo High School for the competition.
Winners are Andrew Amann, DeMatha High School, drawing; Patrick Blackwell, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, vocal music; Reginald Cabico of Bishop McNamara High School, oratory; Lynette Evans, Spingarn High School, play-writing; Gregory Johnson, Cardozo High School, physics; Kimera Koff, Maret School, essay; Veronica Ledbetter, Cardozo High School, chemistry, and Titra Skipwith, McKinley High School, poetry.
They each received $600 and a gold medal, and will compete in the national ACT-SO competition in Baltimore later this month.