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Articles

Below is a list of articles from national and local media.

  • Why the Census Matters Now More Than Ever (TIME)
    05/18/2017

    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)
    05/13/2017

    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)
    05/11/2017

    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)
    05/10/2017

    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)
    05/10/2017

    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)
    03/31/2017

    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)
    03/28/2017

    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)
    03/02/2017

    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)
    02/08/2017

    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)
    12/21/2016

    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)
    11/22/2016

    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)
    11/16/2016

    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)
    09/09/2016

    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)
    08/24/2016

    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)
    07/01/2016

    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)
    06/06/2016

    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)
    05/17/2016

    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)
    05/13/2016

    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)
    04/18/2016

    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)
    04/15/2016

    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)
    12/18/2015

    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)
    11/10/2015

    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.

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