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Press Release on Voluntary-ACS Amendment

Click here to read a May 27, 2014, Census Project press release about an amendment to legislation in the U.S. House, that would make the ACS voluntary instead of mandatory. For more information on the issue, please see the Fact Sheets and ACS pages.

Fact Sheets on ACS

The Census Project is producing a series of Fact Sheets detailing the importance of the American Community Survey. The first six focus on children, veterans, the business community, rural areas, transportation and health care. Go to our Fact Sheets page to download the information.

FOR MORE INFO.

Phil Sparks
(202) 326-8700
philsparks@ccmc.org

RECENT MEDIA

Seven Ex-Census Chiefs Warn Against Budget Cuts
Government Executive
Nov. 10, 2014

Budget cuts threaten data-driven growth
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 22, 2014

Senators say work on 2020 Census is far behind schedule
The Washington Post
May 18, 2014

Census Bureau: Question changes make it easier to assess health insurance law
The Washington Post
April 16, 2014

'Big data' needs a helping hand in Washington
The Washington Post
March 27, 2014

Republicans Versus an Informed Public
The New York Times
March 18, 2014

'Intrusive' survey actually helps countless Americans
The Kansas City Star
March 12, 2014

Streamlined questions could improve Census
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan. 17, 2014

Census Funding in Omnibus Keeps American Community Survey Intact
CQ Roll Call
Jan. 15, 2014

Big Data, Big-Time
Cook Political Report
Jan. 7, 2014

To Stop the Craziness in Washington, Fund the Census
The New York Times
Oct. 4, 2013

Know thyself, America
The Washington Post
July 12, 2013

Sequester could hike the cost of 2020 Census, commerce chief says
The Washington Post
May 31, 2013

Strategic Ignorance
The New York Times
May 25, 2013

Obama nominates John H. Thompson to head Census Bureau
The Washington Post
May 24, 2013

Click here for archives of news coverage of Census 2010, compiled from January 2009 - August 2010

The Census Project Blog

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Welcome to the Census Project website. The Census Project is an informal network of scores of census stakeholder organizations that are working to ensure inclusive, comprehensive and forward-thinking early planning for Census 2020. We also will encourage Congress and the Administration to provide adequate resources to meet the task. Further, we support the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which replaced the census long form as an ongoing source of key social, economic and demographic data. This vital survey also needs adequate resources over the coming decade to maintain its accuracy and usefulness to decision makers.

In FY 2013, because of economic, fiscal and political challenges, the ongoing budgets to adequately fund planning for Census 2020 and the ACS' ongoing work were under a microscope in Congress. And, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the FY 2013 funding for the ACS. Fortunately, the U.S. Senate blocked this move in the final budget for that fiscal year.

At the same time, the Census Bureau has started research and testing for the 2020 enumeration. The Census Project is working to ensure that external stakeholders have a meaningful voice in this process.

The Census Project is also engaging in a public education campaign to alert the public, policymakers and the media to the stakes involved in these early decisions by Congress and the Census Bureau.

 

 

The Census Project is a project of the Communications Consortium Media Center.