Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15

March 31, 2020 by Dan McCue
Some of the paper work previously used by census takers. (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced it will further postpone those operations at least through April 15.

In a written statement, the agency said it made the decision based on continuing assessments it is receiving from federal, state and local health officials.

“The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions,” the statement said.

The agency also reminded the public that the 2020 Census is open for self-response online here, over the phone by calling the number provided in your mailed invitation, and by paper through the mail.

An agency spokesman explained the bureau has “operational contingencies” in place to ensure that when staff and facilities are affected, work can still continue to ensure a complete 2020 census.

For instance, prior to the shutdown of all field operations, the agency modified its data collection protocols to eliminate personal visits. Where feasible, census field workers would call survey participants and seek to collect the necessary information over the phone, the bureau said at the time.

The agency has said despite the coronavirus outbreak it still expects to meet its December deadline for completing the nationwide count.

Census

Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
Cities
Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
July 14, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled an unusual plan to encourage Chicagoans to participate in the U.S. government’s once-a-decade push to count every U.S. resident: a cowboy on a horse.  The mayor was speaking at a press conference when a man in torn denim and... Read More

Census to Start Door-Knocking After Pandemic Pause
Census
Census to Start Door-Knocking After Pandemic Pause

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau will plan a “final push” outreach effort this month to encourage many communities that haven’t responded to the census to do so, the agency said Wednesday during an update of plans amid a coronavirus pandemic that continues to spike in pockets... Read More

Census Bureau Riles Democrats With Pair of New Political Appointees
Census
Census Bureau Riles Democrats With Pair of New Political Appointees

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration added two political appointees to the Census Bureau in newly created positions Tuesday, increasing concerns among census experts and Democrats that the largely apolitical data agency may be tipping to Republican advantage. The Census Bureau announced that Nathaniel Cogley, an assistant professor of political... Read More

Researchers Push for Public Test of Census Privacy Tools
Census
Researchers Push for Public Test of Census Privacy Tools

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau says it has improved its ability to give accurate data while protecting the privacy of its 2020 questionnaire responses, but experts worry they won’t be able to test the agency’s strategy before it is finalized. The tweaks to the new method... Read More

Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
Veterans
Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
June 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on the rise, and a generation of Post 9-11 vets who are far more likely to suffer from a service-connected disability than their predecessors. Those are primary... Read More

Census Bureau Survey Finds America Remains a Nation of Small Towns
Census
Census Bureau Survey Finds America Remains a Nation of Small Towns
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Most Americans live in small incorporated towns and villages with populations of fewer than 5,000, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds. Released on Thursday, the bureau's latest population estimates for cities and towns found that of the nation's 328.2 million people,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top