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

  • 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.

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