Senator Feinstein Calls on Census Bureau to Expand Media and Field Outreach

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) wrote recently to Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham with “concern about the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to decrease participation in the 2020 Census and thereby lead to an undercount of our country’s population.” She urged him to “ensure that communities are counted accurately and completely by enhancing the U.S. Census Bureau’s media and field outreach plans.”

To “compensate for the absence of face-to-face communication that educates and encourages census participation,” thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Feinstein urged Dillingham to “consider” expanding the advertising campaign, increasing investment in hiring and training, increasing “capacity of the Census Questionnaire Assistance operation to receive census responses and answer questions from respondents,” and “avoid using administrative records for enumeration.”

Read the full letter.