Progress Report on the 2020 Census

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: May 8, 2018 1:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine the Census Bureau’s progress during the 2018 end-to-end test and examine ongoing preparations for the 2020 decennial census.
BACKGROUND:
  • In order to control costs, the Census Bureau is concentrating on four main innovation areas: (1) reengineering address canvassing; (2) optimizing self-responses; (3) utilizing administrative records and third-party data; and (4) reengineering field operations.
  • The 2018 end-to-end test is currently underway in Providence, Rhode Island. Of the 44 IT systems required for the 2018 test, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found only 8 systems had been fully tested and deployed.
  • At the end of March, the 2020 Census questions were delivered to Congress. Later this year, area census offices will open and begin in-office address canvassing as well as ongoing integration and scalability testing on IT systems.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. John M. Gore Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice Two
Mr. Earl Comstock Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning U.S. Department of Commerce One Document
Dr. Ron S. Jarmin, Ph.D. Acting Director U.S. Census Bureau One Document
Mr. David A. Powner Director of Information Technology Management Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office One Document
Mr. Robert Goldenkoff Director of Strategic Issues, Census Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office One Document
Mr. Justin Levitt Associate Dean for Research Loyola Law School, Los Angeles One Document