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U.S. Census Bureau: Addressing Data Collection Vulnerabilities, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 18, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a compilation from the September 18, 2014 hearing on "U.S. Census Bureau: Addressing Data Collection Vulnerabilities" held before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the statement of John H. Thompson: "The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We collect numerous business and household surveys, including the CPS [Current Population Survey]. In doing so, we promote statistical rigor, confidentiality, and objectivity because we have an obligation to the nation to produce reliable statistics and information that informs both public and private decision-making. The CPS is a voluntary household survey sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Census Bureau, and has been in continuous production since 1940. The CPS is the basis for the monthly unemployment rate reported by BLS. The Census Bureau also sponsors an annual supplement to the CPS that is the basis for annual estimates of income and poverty, which serve as a threshold for many federal aid programs, as well as the estimates of health insurance coverage. Each month, the Census Bureau sends field representatives to collect information from about 65,000 households. Field representatives have approximately ten days to collect the information before the Census Bureau has to process and send the micro data to BLS to calculate the employment and unemployment statistics that are released the first Friday of each month. […] Therefore, the Census Bureau emphasizes integrity in every data collection effort we conduct on behalf of other Federal agencies or for ourselves, including the CPS. We incorporate procedures to detect data quality issues -- and most importantly to deter and assess instances of falsification. As part of this, the Census Bureau conducts 'reinterviews' with a sample of CPS cases each month." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Todd Zinser.

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