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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.

Tags: technology , Oversight , Congress , Commerce Department , John Thompson , GAO , Carol Cha , Robert Goldenkoff , James Lankford , Decennial Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , mobile computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Census Bureau will release an operational plan for the 2020 population count in the next five months. Government Accountability Office experts warn the bureau needs to get that strategy right and avoid many of the mistakes that threatened the 2000 and 2010 decennial counts. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Census has to do between now and September.

Tags: Jason Miller , GAO , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:26am 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.

Tags: technology , Brian McGrath , 2020 Count , mobile , telework , BYOD , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/10/2015, 12:49pm 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.

Tags: Suitland Federal Center , shooting , operating status

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

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.

Tags: Jamie Forzato , WTOP , shooting , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT

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.

Tags: shooting

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."

Tags: In Depth , Brian McGrath , information technology , cloud computing

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:19pm EDT

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.

Tags: Ben Cardin , Congress , Senate , Maryland , Emily Kopp

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

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.

Tags: Carol Cha , technology , In Depth

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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