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Census Bureau News

GAO: Census Bureau making progress on field tests for 2020 decennial

The Government Accountability Office studied how well the Census Bureau is preparing for the 2020 decennial. When it comes to field testing, the bureau is making progress on following a list of key practices GAO identified.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:58pm EST
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Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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Census nominee promises to 'fundamentally change' the decennial count

John Thompson made his case to be the next head of the Census before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday. He said technology is the key to cutting costs and improving the count's accuracy.

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 05:28am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 4, 2013

Certified financial planner talks about Thrift Savings Plan numbers for 2012. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments sheds light on DoD's recent shopping spree. Jim Treat of the Census Bureau discusses the Web-first approach to the American Community Survey. Attorney Sandy Hoe discusses a recent case in which a contractor sued the Air Force. Dr. Gerald Dillingham of the GAO talks about possible changes in leadership at the FAA.

Friday - 01/04/2013, 08:39am EST

Census to offer Internet option in gov't surveys

For the first time, the Census Bureau is giving U.S. households a chance to respond to government surveys over the Internet, part of a bid to save costs and boost sagging response rates in a digital age. The new online option will supplement the traditional census mail-out operation. It is a major shift for the agency, which has relied almost exclusively on paper forms since 1970 but is now moving toward a more Internet-based system after spending a record $13 billion on the 2010 census.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 04:52pm EST

IT Innovation in the New Era of Government

Friday - 10/05/2012, 03:38pm EDT
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Census managers, employees take backseat-driver role in reorg

Bureau leadership has relied heavily on ideas from the workforce as the agency pushes ahead with its first major reorganization in 50 years. The goal is to create a more efficient and effective Census Bureau, officials say.

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 03:26pm EDT
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Census asks employees to grade themselves to cut costs

Agency leaders hope employees will help the Census Bureau fill critical workforce skills gaps. The self-assessments are aimed at upgrading the way workers collect, process and analyze data about the U.S. ahead of the 2020 census.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:46am EDT
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Groves envisions future censuses to be cheaper, more mobile

Robert Groves led the U.S. Census Bureau into an era of technological innovation in the hopes of lowering costs and collecting better data for future censuses.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 11:57am EDT
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2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 07:29pm EDT

House passes 2013 funding for Commerce, Justice

The House approved the first spending bill for 2013, setting operating budgets for the Commerce and Justice Departments and for science-related agencies, such as NASA.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:50pm EDT

Robert Groves stepping down as Census director

Robert Groves is stepping down as the head of the Census Bureau to become provost of Georgetown University. He begins the new position in late August.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 03:20pm EDT

Census, Archives face 'tsunami' of interest in 1940 census data

You might think the year 1940 is firmly ensconced in the history books. But the Census Bureau, which earlier this week released data from that year's census online, has brought it into the digital age.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 09:49pm EDT
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1940 US census viewable online after near freeze

The National Archives said Tuesday that census pages are again available for viewing. The government website got 37 million hits hours after the information was first released to the public Monday morning, all but shutting out would-be researchers from the records.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 11:05pm EDT

1940 census records include 21 million still alive

When the 1940 census records are released Monday, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 08:22am EDT

Census offers early outs at headquarters

As of Thursday, 206 employees at the U.S. Census Bureau's Human Resources Division applied for early retirement offers.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:57am EDT

US Census covering Great Depression to be released

It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:44am EDT

Six months into field-office restructure, Census shares best practices

Thomas Mesenbourg, the deputy director of the Census Bureau, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how the agency's restructuring effort is progressing.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:29pm EST
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Section 508 revision nears home stretch but compliance problems remain

The Access Board hopes to publish new accessibility standards this fall, known as Section 508, which agencies use to buy tech products. The agency has been working on the standards for six years. But some advocates of disabled employees say the update, while necessary, doesn't address the real problem: lack of enforcement.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 03:18pm EST
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