Another Continuing Resolution (CR), extending current funding for all federal agencies through March 11, became law on February 18— just hours before the previous CR expired. The Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act (H.R. 6617) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 272 – 162 on February 8. The bill stalled temporarily in the Senate, but eventually passed on February 17 by a vote of 65-27.
The CR contains only one anomaly, providing emergency funding for water contamination from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Hawaii. The Census Bureau did not receive a funding anomaly, so the new CR would continue to hold the Bureau at FY 2021 funding levels through March 11.
Census Bureau officials confirmed that 2022 Economic Census operations should not be disrupted by the CR. The Economic Census reaches peak operations in 2022, but the Bureau has made necessary adjustments to support the survey through the duration of the proposed CR.
The Data Ingest and Collection Enterprise (DICE) program is the largest Census Bureau program most adversely affected by the CR extension. DICE, an initiative to re-engineer current business processes and technology solutions to update and streamline data collection operations, has instituted a hiring freeze. Further, the program is delaying the development of key technologies because of the CR. The Bureau believes it can rectify the impact of these delays if a final FY 2022 appropriations bill is enacted by mid-March. However, if another longer CR is necessary after March 11, there may be long-term adverse impact on the DICE program’s development schedule.
The Biden Administration is expected to unveil its FY 2023 budget request sometime after the State of the Union address on March 1.
The End Prison Gerrymandering Act
Rep. Deborah Ross (D-NC-02) introduced the End Prison Gerrymandering Act (H.R. 6550), legislation that would require prisoners to “be attributed to the last usual place of residence before incarceration” for purposes of a decennial census.
Starting with the 2030 Census, H.R. 6550 would require decennial headcounts to, “with respect to an individual incarcerated in a State, Federal, county, or municipal correctional facility as of the decennial census date, attribute such individual to such individual’s last usual place of residence before incarceration.”
The bill also would change where prisoners are counted specifically for purposes of apportionment and redistricting of Congressional seats. “If the tabulation of the number of persons in a State” in the decennial “includes an individual incarcerated in a State, Federal, county, or municipal correctional facility who is treated as a resident of the State because the tabulation attributes the individual to the individual’s last usual place of residence before incarceration,” the state would need to “treat the individual’s last usual place of residence in the State before incarceration as the individual’s place of residence for purposes of congressional redistricting.”
Census Bureau News
American Community Survey 5-year estimates, according to a February 7 release, will be unveiled on March 17. In a separate release, the Bureau announced that embargoed subscribers will have access to the statistics at 10 a.m. on March 15.
The Census Bureau will release the first set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) estimates on March 10.
On February 3, the Bureau released a report regarding the living arrangements of children under the age of 18.
Census Bureau Director Robert Santos released an introductory blog, “Thinking Differently About Perpetuating Excellence.”
The “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020” report released on February 17.
Census Bureau Data Releases
2020 County Business Patterns data were released on February 8.
On February 24, the Census Bureau released findings from the Educational Attainment in the United States: 2021 table package that use statistics from the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement to examine the educational attainment of adults age 25 and older by demographic and social characteristics, such as age, sex, race and nativity.
Detailed construction data from the monthly Building Permits Survey (BPS) was announced on February 24.
On February 24, the Census Bureau released new data from Phase 8 of the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS), which measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic and other major events such as hurricanes on U.S. small businesses.
News You Can Use
Below are several articles posted on The Census Project home page in February 2022. For a complete listing, go to: https://thecensusproject.org/recent-media/.