ABSTRACT

2020 Census: Recent Decision to Compress Census Timeframes Poses Additional Risks to an Accurate Count, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "'The 2020 Decennial Census is underway after pausing operations in response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] national emergency. As the Bureau resumes its operations, it faces a new set of operational and public safety challenges as a result of COVID-19. These delays, the resulting compressed timeframes, implementation of untested procedures, and additional challenges such as COVID-19 could adversely impact downstream operations, escalate census costs and undermine the overall quality of the count. In recent years, GAO has identified challenges to the Bureau's ability to conduct a cost-effective count of the nation, including new innovations, acquisition and development of IT systems, and other challenges. In 2017, these challenges led GAO to place the 2020 Census on its HighRisk list. Over the past decade, GAO has made 112 recommendations specific to the 2020 Census. To date, the Bureau has implemented 90 and GAO has closed 1 recommendation as not implemented. As of August 2020, 21 of the recommendations had not been fully implemented.'"

Report Number:
GAO-20-671R
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2020-08
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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