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  • Time for Another Head Count (The Slate Group)

    Technology could help make sure the 2020 census doesn't miss so many people. The 2010 census found that the U.S. population had reached 308 million people. But it managed to miss a whole lot of others: about 2.1 percent of black Americans and 1.5 percent of Hispanics nationally, together accounting for some 1.5 million people. Young children were among the most undercounted.

  • 'Flawed logic' behind citizenship question on 2020 census (San Francisco Examiner)

    Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers data to account for every resident in America. This was programmed into the Constitution. The census has been a powerful tool for ascertaining population changes in America and in directing our federal policies to accommodate for those changes.

  • Keeping politics out of the census is much harder than it sounds (The Conversation)

    Until they're actually confronted with the form that drops through their letterbox once every ten years, most people don't usually give censuses much thought. But as governments gear up for a global round of censuses in 2020, the seemingly uncontroversial act of counting populations is already making the news and provoking heated debate.

  • NAACP sues Trump administration over 2020 census concerns (Washington Examiner)

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is suing the Trump administration in an effort to prevent the upcoming census from undercounting African-Americans and other people of color, resulting in inequities in representation and a loss of federal dollars.

  • Editorial: The Trump Administration Sabotages the Census (New York Times)

    In a last-minute move that would give Republicans an advantage in maintaining control of the House of Representatives, the Trump administration is reinstating a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

  • Omnibus boosts Census funding (FCW.com)

    The 2018 funding bill gives the Census Bureau a much-needed shot in the arm as it enters a make-or-break testing period.

  • 2020 Census Will Ask Black People About Their Exact Origins (NPR)

    For the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau is changing how it will ask black people to designate their race. Under the check box for "Black or African American," the bureau is adding a new space on the census questionnaire for participants to write in their non-Hispanic origins.

  • Preparing for the 2020 Census, One Address at a Time (New York Times)

    For the last census, in 2010, the Census Bureau sent 542 questionnaires to addresses on Grand Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the usual instructions to fill out the forms and mail them back. Not a single form was completed and returned, according to an analysis of census data.

  • Budget increase for 2020 census falls short, advocates say (Science)

    President Donald Trump's 2019 budget request gives the U.S. Census Bureau a $2 billion increase to help plan the 2020 census. But advocates say that is still not enough to ensure that there is a fair and accurate head count.

  • Mayors to Census: Don't Blow This (City Lab)

    More than 160 mayors issued a joint letter to Wilbur Ross, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, outlining several deep concerns with the 2020 Census on Wednesday. Their ask was straightforward: Please take it seriously.

  • The Big Data Tech Inside the 2020 Census (Datanami)

    The US Census Bureau is adopting the latest data processing technology to help with its upcoming 2020 Census, including the use of a large Hadoop cluster, real-time stream data processing, and advanced mapping and visualization products.

  • Hostility to Census question is overblown (USA Today)

    By asking the Census Bureau to provide a question on citizenship, the Trump administration is simply trying to get accurate information on the American population.

  • Should 2020 census ask Californians about their citizenship? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    A request from the Justice Department seeking to ask people about their citizenship in the upcoming 2020 census has drawn attention and criticism in recent days after ProPublica reported on it last week.

  • The Race to Be Census-Ready (Governing.com)

    Every time the U.S. Census is conducted, New York City makes for an especially tough place to count. Its diverse demographic groups typically respond at lower rates than most of the country. The large immigrant population often requires language assistance. And just getting up-to-date addresses for the city's many transient residents is a problem in itself.

  • With 2020 Census Looming, Worries about Fairness and Accuracy (New York Times)

    Census experts and public officials are expressing growing concerns that the bedrock mission of the 2020 census -- an accurate and trustworthy head count of everyone in the United States -- is imperiled, with worrisome implications.

  • Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm (Politico)

    The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, according to two people who have been briefed on the bureau's plans.

  • A High-Stakes Headcount: Philanthropy and the 2020 Census (Inside Philanthropy)

    We're still several years out from 2020, but funders are already preparing for a census that experts believe will be unusually fraught by challenges like underfunding, cyber security threats, partisan sabotage and growing mistrust of government.

  • Burton Reist: End-to-End Census Test underway at Census Bureau (Federal News Radio)

    It might be 2 1/2 years away, but for the Census Bureau the 2020 decennial count is practically tomorrow. In fact, this month it's conducting the first segment of what it calls the End-to-End Census Test. Burton Reist, chief of decennial communications and stakeholder relations at the Census Bureau, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Can Congress save the 2020 census? (FCW.com)

    To cope with budgetary constraints and IT cost overruns, the Census Bureau has had to suspend or cancel programs designed to save billions of dollars.

  • Here's Why The Census Started Counting Latinos, And How That Could Change In 2020 (WFDD 88.5)

    In this week's episode of the Code Switch podcast, Mora tells the fascinating story of how, in the 1970s, Latino advocacy groups successfully lobbied the federal government to create a separate category for counting Hispanics and Latinos. Before then the government had classified those people simply as white.

  • Save the Census (New York Times)

    An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here.

  • Could A Census Without A Leader Spell Trouble In 2020? (NPR)

    John Thompson was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013 and had worked there for 27 years before running it. So the announcement in May that he was resigning, smack in the middle of a one-year term extension, came as a surprise to many, including census watchers.

  • 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation to Begin (U.S. Census Bureau)

    Starting in July, governments around the country will start the process of ensuring the accuracy of their address lists through the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses operation. LUCA is a voluntary, once-a-decade opportunity for governments to add, correct or delete addresses on the lists and maps used to conduct the decennial census.

  • Why the Census Matters Now More Than Ever (TIME)

    The question of how many men, women and children live within our borders seems an academic one. A factoid, easily answered by the U.S. Census Bureau, which, by constitutional decree, updates its tally every decade using an army of 635,000 "enumerators" who are employed to walk door-to-door, clipboards in hand.

  • Is the census heading for a crisis? (Politico)

    The FBI wasn't the only agency that lost its boss on Tuesday: John Thompson, director of the Census Bureau, abruptly announced he was resigning at the end of June. His surprise exit leaves the bureau not only without a leader in the middle of the run-up to the 2020 census, but also without a permanent deputy director to step in for him -- and no direct supervisor in place at the Department of Commerce, the agency that oversees the Bureau and its massive once-a-decade national survey.

  • Bad News for Everyone! The 2020 Census Is Already in Trouble (Wired)

    Given the sudden canning of FBI head James Comey on Tuesday, don't feel bad if you didn't hear that US Census Bureau director John H. Thompson announced his resignation the same day. And given that the Comey situation may plunge American politics into a 21st century Watergate, you probably don't care, either. Well, you should.

  • Census director resigns as 2020 tally looms (PBS NewsHour)

    The director of the people-counting Census Bureau is leaving his job just as the agency steps up its once-a-decade tally, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

  • Why Did the U.S. Census Director Resign? (The Atlantic)

    The Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson will step down at the end of June, creating the possibility of a leadership void at the bureau in the run-up to undertaking the 2020 Census.

  • Census 2020: Dispute over LGBT questions is really about federal spending (Fox News)

    The U.S. Constitution requires a census be taken every ten years. And while the Founders may have had great foresight, it's doubtful they saw this simple command -- mostly to determine representation in Congress -- would become mired in controversy over sexual politics.

  • Run-Up To Census 2020 Raises Concerns Over Security And Politics (NPR)

    About three years from now, the U.S. government is going to start asking some personal questions. The possible topics of those questions were released on Tuesday as part of the run-up to the 2020 Census, the national head count of every resident in the U.S. required by the Constitution every 10 years.

  • Census must reduce diversity to a few checkoffs (Federal News Radio)

    If good decision-making depends on good data, then a lot depends on exactly what data you gather and look at. Data generated by the Census Bureau affects congressional apportionment and where hundreds of billions of federal dollars go every year.

  • Sweeping design changes for 2020 U.S. Census (Directions Magazine)

    The 2020 Census includes sweeping design changes in four key innovation areas: using new methodologies to conduct address canvassing, optimizing self-response, reducing the nonresponse follow-up workload by incorporating administrative records and third-party data, and implementing technology to replace tasks traditionally conducted by humans.

  • New advisory committee will assist in 2020 census (FCW.com)

    The Census Bureau is establishing -- and currently accepting nominations for -- a committee of public- and private-sector representatives to make sure its 2020 enumeration is on track, and as complete and accurate as possible.

  • 2020 Census - Ready or Not? (Reading Eagle)

    Ready or not? Less than four years out, that is the question for the 2020 Census. The answer, however, is not clear. Census Bureau officials are more confident than others.

  • Census Bureau launches device-as-a-service procurement for 2020 (FedScoop)

    The Census Bureau began its search Tuesday for a telecommunications vendor to supply the smartphones and mobile services necessary for door-to-door field operations during the 2020 decennial census, the director of the bureau said.

  • GAO warns Census IT efforts are lagging (FCW.com)

    The Census Bureau may miss targets on a major IT modernization plan ahead of the 2020 population count, according to a Government Accountability Office report made public Sept. 8.

  • Y&R Wins A Big One: $415 Million Census 2020 Contract (MediaPost)

    Early Wednesday morning during a first half financial review with analysts, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell bemoaned the recent loss of two major accounts--Volkswagen and AT&T. His day ended much better with word that Young & Rubicam, one of the holding company's global agency networks was awarded an integrated communication contract for the 2020 Census.

  • GAO doesn't trust 2020 census financials (FCW.com)

    The Census Bureau has estimated it can pull off the 2020 enumeration for $12.5 billion, but the Government Accountability Office isn't buying Census' methodology.

  • Putting Census 2020 to the Test (Fedscoop)

    The mobile transformation of data-gathering for the 2020 census could mark a turning point for the federal government, if it's done right.

  • Is census 2020 running out of runway? (FCW.com)

    With no CIO and the 2020 headcount creeping ever closer, the state of the Census Bureau's IT is catching congressional watchdogs' attention -- again.

  • Digital Advertising: Encouraging Participation in the Decennial Census (Research Matters Blog)

    The U.S. Census Bureau conducted a test of digital advertising and other communications techniques as part of the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., test site. This test marks the first time the Census Bureau used communications and paid advertising to drive direct response through the online data collection instrument.

  • Puerto Rico tabbed as proving ground for 2020 Census tech (FCW.com)

    Before each decennial census, the Census Bureau selects test locations to make sure the data collection will run smoothly. For the 2020 Census, which will employ an unprecedented scaled of technology, the bureau has selected Puerto Rico as one of those test sites in the lead-up to the primetime operation.

  • Census takes on non-respondents with tech (FCW.com)

    To cut the non-response workload as much as possible, the Census Bureau estimates that administrative records and third-party data will resolve approximately 12 million addresses that don't generate self-responses for the 2020 census.

  • Agreement puts Census Bureau back on track for planning 2020 headcount (Science)

    The omnibus spending agreement erases deep cuts made earlier this year to the U.S. Census Bureau that would have crippled planning for the 2020 census. The new funding level gives the agency, part of the Department of Commerce, a much better chance of conducting a less expensive and less burdensome decennial census.

  • Is the 2020 Census already in trouble? (Politico)

    The U.S. Census is one of the undisputed achievements of government, a 225-year tradition enshrined in the Constitution that draws America a fresh picture of itself every decade. But the last Census was a technical disaster, wasting $3 billion on new technology that never worked, and which the Census Bureau ended up scrapping entirely.