- The Census Bureau must focus on modernizing data collection and delivering necessary IT infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner.
- The Census Bureau must ensure delivery of critical IT systems for 2018 end-to-end testing. Delays for delivery of critical IT systems pose significant risk for the security and the success of the census.
- Secretary Ross provided a new life-cycle cost estimate of $15.6 billion dollars, an increase of $3.3 billion from the 2015 cost estimate.
- Increasing costs are a concern. The Committee will monitor the Census Bureau’s management of the 2020 Census.
- To evaluate the Census Bureau’s efforts to redesign and modernize data collection for the 2020 Census.
- To review the initial phases of the 2018 end-to-end test.
- If administered the same way as the 2010 Census, the 2020 Census will cost $17.5 billion – nearly $5 billion more than in 2010.
- In order to prevent a cost increase, the Bureau is drastically altering how it carries out the 2020 Census.
- The Bureau originally projected the 2020 Census would cost taxpayers $12.3 billion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have raised concerns about the accuracy and reliability of the Bureau’s estimates.
- The Department of Commerce recently completed a new estimate, which projects the 2020 Census will cost $15.6 billion, a $3.3 billion increase.
Witnesses and testimonies
|The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.||Secretary||U.S. Department of Commerce||I||Document|
|Mr. Robert Goldenkoff||Director of Strategic Issues, Census Issues||U.S. Government Accountability Office||II||Document|
|Mr. David A. Powner||Director of Information Technology Management Issues||U.S. Government Accountability Office||II||Document|
|Ms. Carol N. Rice||Assistant Inspector General, Office of the Economic and Statical Program Assessment||U.S. Department of Commerce||II||Document|
|Ms. Vanita Gupta||President and CEO||The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights||II||Document|