2020 Census: Bureau Needs to Ensure Transparency Over Data Quality, Finalize Plans for Data Protection, and Examine Lessons Learned, Statement of J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues and Nick Marinos, Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 605KB]
From the Highlights: "The Bureau is responsible for conducting a complete and accurate decennial census of the U.S. population. The decennial census is mandated by the Constitution and provides vital data for the nation. For the 2020 Census, the Bureau was required by law to count the population and deliver the counts to the President by December 31, 2020, in order to determine the number of congressional seats apportioned to each state. The Bureau was also required to deliver population counts for redistricting purposes to the states by March 31, 2021. In response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, the Bureau had to make a series of changes to the design and time frames of the census. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to testify about (1) the status of the 2020 Census, (2) ongoing challenges the Bureau faces in completing the count, and (3) lessons learned to inform planning for the next census. To do so, GAO summarized its prior work assessing the operations of the 2020 Census and identifying lessons learned as planning begins for the 2030 decennial census. GAO also included information from its ongoing work examining the Bureau's progress in developing schedules and plans to protect respondent data. GAO has previously made recommendations aimed at addressing census data quality concerns and using lessons learned from the 2020 Census to inform planning for 2030. The Department of Commerce has agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/