A Closer Look at the 2020 Census

Sille M. Schou (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: POL006000


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The U.S. Constitution requires a population census every 10 years for apportioning seats in the House of Representatives. Decennial census data are used, too, for within-state redistricting and in certain formulas for distributing more than $450 billion annually in federal funds to states and localities. Census counts also are the foundation for estimates of current population size between censuses and projections of future size. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, researchers, and all levels of government are steady consumers of decennial and other census data. The bureau’s task in conducting the enumeration can be summarized in very basic terms: count each person whose usual residence is in the United States (the aim of complete census coverage); and count that person only once, at the right location, where the person lives all or most of the time (the goal of census accuracy). This book highlights key issues pertaining to the 2020 Census.
(Imprint: SNOVA)


Chapter 1. The Decennial Census: Issues for 2020
Jennifer D. Williams

Chapter 2. The 2020 Decennial Census: Overview and Issues
Jennifer D. Williams

Chapter 3. Commerce Department Announces Citizenship Question on 2020 Census and Lawsuits Filed
L. Paige Whitaker

Chapter 4. The Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
Mainon A. Schwartz and Benjamin Hayes

Chapter 5. Department of Commerce – Memorandum Regarding a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Decennial Census Questionnaire

Chapter 6. 2020 Census: Additional Actions Needed to Manage Risk

Chapter 7. 2020 Census: Bureau Is Making Progress Opening Offices and Recruiting, but Could Improve Its Ability to Evaluate Training

Chapter 8. 2020 Census: Bureau Has Made Progress with Its Scheduling, but Further Improvement Will Help Inform Management Decisions

Chapter 9. 2020 Census: Census Bureau Improved the Quality of Its Cost Estimation but Additional Steps Are Needed to Ensure Reliability

Chapter 10. 2020 Census: Additional Steps Needed to Finalize Readiness for Peak Field Operations

Chapter 11. 2020 Census: Actions Needed to Improve In-Field Address Canvassing Operation

Chapter 12. 2020 Census: Continued Management Attention Needed to Address Challenges and Risks with Developing, Testing, and Securing IT Systems


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