Commerce Department Inspector General Investigating 2020 Census Paid Ad Campaign

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce informed Census Director Robert Santos on March 31, 2022, that it is “initiating an audit of the U.S. Census Bureau’s (the Bureau’s) oversight of the integrated communications contract.” The IG aims to “determine whether the Bureau effectively managed selected task orders related to paid advertising for the 2020 Census integrated communications contract to ensure desired outcomes were achieved.”