Experts Warn Census Bureau Must Do More to Reach Hard-to-Count Communities for 2020 Census

Jan 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2020)— Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing entitled, “Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census.”


  • Expert witnesses testified that minority and immigrant communities, as well as rural communities with limited Internet access, are at serious risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census, jeopardizing their accurate representation in Congress and access to federal funds.
  • Today’s hearing revealed concern that the Census Bureau has fallen behind its own targets for hiring census workers to reach hard-to-count communities and for hiring partnership specialists who serve as critical liaisons with these communities. 
  • Witnesses emphasized that the Census Bureau must work closely with local communities to ensure an accurate count, including by addressing fears caused by the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and the failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
  • Chairwoman Maloney announced that on February 12 the Director of the Census Bureau, Dr. Steven Dillingham, will be appearing before this Committee to answer questions about how the Bureau is responding to the many challenges outlined today.


Vanita Gupta
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

John Yang
President and Executive Director
Asian Americans Advancing Justice 

Arturo Vargas
Chief Executive Officer
NALEO Educational Fund

Kevin J. Allis
Chief Executive Officer
National Congress of American Indians 

Marc Morial
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Urban League  

Darrell Moore
Executive Director, Center for South Georgia Regional Impact
Valdosta State University


Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s question line.

Watch Rep. Holmes Norton’s question line.

Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s question line.

Watch Rep. Gomez’s question line.


116th Congress