On March 15, The Census Project released its Fiscal Year 2022 funding recommendation for the Census Bureau. The recommendation is largely “aspirational” and was developed in the absence of any details from the Biden Administration regarding its FY 2022 budget request. The recommendation, $2 billion, would provide the Census Bureau with a generous funding level, enabling the agency to fund numerous activities. These activities that could be supported include: delivery of all 2020 census data products; conduct of the 2022 Economic Census; expansion of the American Community Survey; extension of the existing Pulse Surveys; accelerated implementation of the Census Frames Initiative; and preparations for the 2030 Census. The full recommendation is posted on The Census Project home page.
At press time, President Biden had not released initial details of his Administration’s FY 2022 proposed budget. Initial details are expected in early April with the complete budget being released in mid-May.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Holds Census Hearing
On March 23, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Committee held a hearing, “The 2020 Census and Current Activities of the U.S. Census Bureau.” Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin and officials from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, and Nick Marinos, Director, Information Technology & Cybersecurity, testified. The purpose of the hearing was to review the conduct and outcome, to date, of the 2020 Census. A blog summarizing the outcome of the hearing is posted at: Senate Holds Hearing on 2020 Census – The Census Project.
Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing to Consider Commerce Deputy Secretary
The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on March 10 to consider the nomination of Don Graves to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce. During the hearing, Mr. Graves was asked several questions about delays associated with delivery of 2020 Census data. As of press time, the Committee had not acted on Mr. Graves nomination.
Alabama Sues Census Bureau Over Release of Redistricting Data
On March 10, the state of Alabama sued the Census Bureau over delayed census redistricting data. The suit also sought to preclude the Bureau from using differential privacy in the final production of the redistricting file and to deliver the data by the original statutory deadline of March 31. In a related development, on March 25, a federal judge dismissed a similar redistricting lawsuit filed last month by the state of Ohio.
External Review of 2020 Census Data Quality Continues
On March 18, the American Statistical Association issued an update on work being conducted by outside experts regarding the outcome of the 2020 Census, using the ASA 2020 Census Quality Indicators.
Dr. Bill O’Hare Publishes Blog on Implications of Blended Base Young Children Estimates
On March 3, The Census Project published a blog authored by Dr. William O’Hare, “Implications of a Blended Base for Post 2020 Census Estimates for Young Children.”
Senate Confirms Governor Raimondo as next Commerce Secretary
On March 2, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Governor Gina Raimondo to be the next Secretary of the Department of Commerce by a vote of 84-15.
Government Accountability Office Keeps 2020 Census on List of High-Risk Projects
On March 2, the Government Accountability Office announced that it was keeping the 2020 Census on the list of “high-risk” government projects because of delays and uncertainty in the data quality.
Census Project Members Conduct Meetings with Freshmen Offices
Throughout the month of March, members of The Census Project met with staff representing freshman members of Congress who are serving on committees charged with funding or overseeing The Census Bureau.
Census Bureau News
A new brief, Childhood Disability in the United States: 2019, describing rates and patterns of childhood disability in the United States, was released on March 25.
On March 25, the Census Bureau released a report on home ownership.
Data in this March 24 report are from the Census Bureau’s 2010 to 2019 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES), which collects information on expenditures for new and used structures and equipment.
On March 18, the Census Bureau released a new report showing the average one-way commute in the United States increased to a new high of 27.6 minutes in 2019.
On March 15, in declarations recently filed in the case of Ohio v. Raimondo, the U.S. Census Bureau made clear that we can provide a legacy format summary redistricting data file to all states by mid-to-late August 2021.
The U.S. Census Bureau released the fourth quarter 2020 report of the Quarterly Services Survey on March 12.
Census Bureau Data Releases
On March 22, the Census Bureau released an online map in advance of the Bureau’s apportionment results release.
On March 10, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the extension of the third phase of the experimental Household Pulse Survey.
On March 9, the Bureau released its 2020 Housing Vacancy Survey.
On March 3, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the release of new public use files for the 2018 Rental Housing Finance Survey.
The 2014-2018 American Community Survey Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation was made available on the U.S. Census Bureau’s file transfer protocol (FTP) server on March 1.
News You Can Use
Below are several articles posted on The Census Project home page in March 2021. For a complete listing, go to: https://thecensusproject.org/recent-media/.