U.S. Commerce Secretary says the Census needs $4.5 Billion More for the 2020 Census to be Conducted

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked Congress for $4.3 billion in additional funds for the 2020 Census after a federal watchdog highlighted a number of shortcomings in the Census Bureau’s preparation for the decennial count of U.S. residents.

In October 2015, the bureau estimated the 2020 Census would cost roughly $12.5 billion after adjusting for inflation, but an independent review of the process determined the expenses would total closer to $15.6 billion and require another $1.2 billion in reserve funds. In his testimony, Ross stressed how the extra funding is crucial for improving management and oversight within the agency and getting delayed IT programs back on track.

You can read more about the request in an article in the NextGov web site at: http://bit.ly/2ypITQU.

My thanks to newsletter reader Linda Morgan Clark for telling me about this article.

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