GAO Finds Census Bureau Faces Challenges to Ensure Accurate Count of Minorities for 2020 Census
Washington, D.C. (Aug. 28, 2018)—Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Census Bureau’s efforts to include hard-to-count groups, such as minorities, renters, and young children for the 2020 Census:
“The undercounting of minority populations in the Census denies African Americans and other minority groups fair representation, and the Census Bureau needs to improve its efforts to effectively count every person to ensure a fair and accurate census.”
Cummings and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) requested this report in 2017 to evaluate the Census Bureau’s plans. GAO found that while the Census Bureau is planning to increase its efforts to include hard-to-count groups, it still faces significant challenges:
Click here to read GAO’s report.