Census

Census Delay Spells Election Chaos for States

Some states already have decided to use outdated data for redistricting.

Census Workers From Across the U.S. Are Raising Big Concerns about This Year’s Count

Workers say poor training, a cascade of shifting deadlines and clunky technology produced confusion on the ground. Now, a lawsuit and several government reports are echoing their claims.

Shortened Census Led to an Incomplete Count in Some Areas

Parts of Louisiana and the Navajo Nation face the biggest gaps.

Census Pulls Back on Year-End Delivery Commitment, Pushes Decision to Career Staff

Rushing in an effort to truncate the data processing timeline has "some risks," bureau official admits.

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Administration's Renewed Efforts to End Census Early

Judges say the administration's argument was "barebones," but Supreme Court fight still possible.

GovExec Daily: The Census Deadline

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the Census Bureau's work on the 2020 count.

'Nobody Knows What's Going On': Census Workers Decry Chaos as Trump Administration Challenges Court Order

Census enumerators say they have received inconsistent messages and workloads in recent days despite court order to keep count going.

Court Orders Census to Continue Counting People Past Trump Administration's Sept. 30 Deadline

The bureau will have through Oct. 31 to finish its enumeration under the injunction, though an appeal is expected.

'We’ve All Started Calling it “the Senseless” '

Workers say the census’ tailor-made app, designed by a company with a poor track record with the Census Bureau, is inefficient and buggy. The problems have made them question whether the app was tested rigorously.

'Perfect Storm' Threatens 'Major Institutional Defeat' for the Census, Top Watchdog Says

The decennial count is ahead of schedule overall, but a condensed schedule and hiring shortfalls are creating significant risks.

How COVID-19 Makes the U.S. Census even More Challenging

Getting the U.S. census count has never been an easy task, but this year’s census has hit several major challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shortened Census Count Will Hurt Communities of Color

The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.

Leaked Census Document Warns of Possible 'Serious Errors' in 2020 Count

The compressed timeframe is forcing the agency to make sacrifices, document shows.

Condensed Schedule and Counters Not Showing Up to Work Have Put the Census at Risk

Census has just a month to complete its count and GAO says it still faces significant challenges in collecting accurate data.

This Rural Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?

The 2020 census was supposed to show this rural town what it is now. Then came COVID-19.