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Census Bureau News

Census begins stretch run vowing not to make same mistakes

GAO warns the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the bureau needs to simplify its IT plans for the 2020 count. Census to finalize operational plan by September detailing technology and processes for the decennial population calculation.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT
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APNewsBreak: Census suspect pleaded guilty to manslaughter

APNewsBreak: Census suspect had pleaded guilty to manslaughter; accused of hitting girlfriend

Saturday - 04/11/2015, 02:12am EDT

Census: 'Security and safety of our employees is our top priority'

Census Bureau Director John Thompson described the shooting death of security guard Lawrence Buckner at the agency's headquarters in Suitland, Md. Thursday night, as a "tragic and scary event for the Census Bureau family." Buckner, 59, was a contractor working for the federal government through the Hunt Valley, Maryland-based company Master Security.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:30pm EDT

Census Bureau security guard dead after shooting at headquarters

An armed man kidnapped a woman, shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Thursday before authorities cornered him in an exchange of gunfire that left the suspect and a police officer wounded, authorities said.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 01:00pm EDT

Census' decennial planning builds on its telework successes

The agency has upgraded its network and increased capabilities to let employees work remotely or telework more easily, says Brian McGrath, the Census Bureau's chief information officer.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 12:49pm EDT
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Jamie Forzato, Reporter, WTOP

A case of alleged armed domestic kidnapping lands on the doorstep of a federal agency. And now a building guard is dead from gunshot wounds. WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive live from Suitland, MD, with the latest on the shooting.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Census Bureau guard shot and critically wounded at headquarters

A Census Bureau security guard was shot at the agency's headquarters in Suitland, Md., Thursday night. The incident began with a kidnapping in DC, continued to the Census campus, and ended back in the District after a police chase. Census employees were forced to shelter in place for hours before being allowed to go home.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:58pm EDT

Brian McGrath, CIO, Census Bureau

Six guiding principles govern the information technology preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census at the Census Bureau. Shared services, mobile and information security are some of the principles on the list. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Brian McGrath, chief information officer of the Census Bureau, said the first guiding principle of the Bureau's plan for 2020 is "cloud first."

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Director of IT Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The Census Bureau wants to try something brand new for the 2020 Census. It wants to offer people the option of responding through the Internet. Carol Cha is Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she gauged how far along the Census Bureau is towards introducing an Internet option.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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Cardin: Feds are not 'faceless, nameless bureaucrats'

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged to showcase the work of federal employees during a town hall meeting at the Census Bureau. He also suggested that they brag a little about achievements that seem to go unnoticed on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:00am EDT

Census Bureau offers primer on enterprise risk management

The people-counting agency has learned from some big mistakes. Now, Chief Operating Officer Nancy Potok shares some lessons with Federal News Radio.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:02pm EDT
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The evolution and innovation of the U.S. Census Bureau

What are the strategic priorities of the U.S. Census Bureau? How is the Census Bureau changing the way it does business? What is the Census Bureau doing to innovate and make a difference? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these and more with Dr. Nancy Potok, Deputy Director and COO, US Census Bureau on The Business of Government Hour.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 10:59am EST

Commerce throwing a life raft to those drowning in its data

Mark Doms, the Commerce Department's undersecretary for Economic Affairs, said the agency is hiring a chief data officer, setting up a Data Advisory Council and looking to private sector experts to make its information more accessible and easier to use. Commerce also is testing mapping and other tools to improve the presentation of data.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:37pm EST
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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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