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Underfunding Census Is Pound Foolish
by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Fact Sheets on ACS

NEW Fact Sheet: Why We Need the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey - March 2015

The Census Project is producing a series of Fact Sheets detailing the importance of the American Community Survey. The first six focus on children, veterans, the business community, rural areas, transportation and health care. Go to our Fact Sheets page to download the information.


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Is the 2020 Census already in trouble?
Nov. 10, 2015

An Insidious Way to Underrepresent Minorities
The American Prospect
Nov. 5, 2015

Return of the long-form census excites the experts
The Toronto Star
Oct. 23, 2015

Nobel Winner Prizes Data That Congress Disdains
The New York Times
Oct. 16, 2015

Census Has Big Tech Plans for the 2020 Count. Will They Stay on Track?
Sept. 8, 2015

What We Don't Know About Canada Might Hurt Us
Aug. 11, 2015

Republicans Try to Curtail the Census
The Atlantic
June 9, 2015

Census Bureau hopes Internet slashes billions of dollars from 2020 count
Washington Examiner
April 3, 2015

Preserve integrity of census
The Register-Guard
March 18, 2015

Republican Co-Chair Of The R&D Caucus Only Likes Certain Research
The Huffington Post
March 17, 2015

Census Reduces Data for Mid-Sized Places
The Daily Yonder
March 16, 2015

At White House, Commerce Department, Growing Concern About Cuts to Statistics
The Wall Street Journal
March 13, 2015

Economists call census survey valuable, but some lawmakers call it costly
March 12, 2015

Don't Starve the Census
The New York Times
March 10, 2015

Congress Demands A Cheaper, Better Census, But Won't Fund It
The Huffington Post
Dec. 11, 2014

Seven Ex-Census Chiefs Warn Against Budget Cuts
Government Executive
Nov. 10, 2014

Budget cuts threaten data-driven growth
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 22, 2014

Senators say work on 2020 Census is far behind schedule
The Washington Post
May 18, 2014

Census Bureau: Question changes make it easier to assess health insurance law
The Washington Post
April 16, 2014

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Welcome to the Census Project website. The Census Project is an informal network of scores of census stakeholder organizations that are working to ensure inclusive, comprehensive and forward-thinking early planning for Census 2020. We also will encourage Congress and the Administration to provide adequate resources to meet the task. Further, we support the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which replaced the census long form as an ongoing source of key social, economic and demographic data. This vital survey also needs adequate resources over the coming decade to maintain its accuracy and usefulness to decision makers.

In FY 2013, because of economic, fiscal and political challenges, the ongoing budgets to adequately fund planning for Census 2020 and the ACS' ongoing work were under a microscope in Congress. And, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the FY 2013 funding for the ACS. Fortunately, the U.S. Senate blocked this move in the final budget for that fiscal year.

In its FY 2015 budget, the House once again voted to make participation in the ACS voluntary. In response the Census Project helped coordinate a letter to Congress signed by the seven living former Census Bureau directors. The letter urged the Senate not to follow the House action. Again, the Senate budget contained no language to dilute the ACS. The final FY 2015 Census Bureau budget preserved the ACS but did cut Census 2020's ramped- up planning budget by approximately 50 percent, to $123 million. With a change in political leadership in the Senate, Congress may be much more critical of Census Bureau planning budgets and the ACS for the next fiscal year.

Therefore the Census Project is also engaging in a public education campaign to alert the public, policymakers and the media to the stakes involved in these early decisions by Congress and the Census Bureau.



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