Experts Discuss 2020 Census ‘Nuts and Bolts’

Census News 05.1.18

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund; Terri Ann Lowenthal, former staff director for the House Census and Population Subcommittee; and Dr. Joseph J. Salvo, director of the Population Division of the NYC Department of Planning, hosted a background briefing to discuss key milestones for the 2020 Census, ways to measure census progress and accuracy, and major operational and field infrastructure preparations for 2018 and 2019.

A recording of the call can be found here.

Note: In response to the question about the Guamanian category (check box) under Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander in the census race question, the 2020 Census will use the term Chamorro, not Guamanian, as in the past.

Additional background information can be found below:

As mentioned on the call, Andrew Reamer from the George Washington Institute of Public Policy conducted a new analysis of federal programs that distribute financial assistance based on census data and whose dollar distributions to states could go down if people aren’t counted in the 2020 Census. The study, along with an “explainer” document, can be found here:

Any questions regarding the research can be directed to Andrew Reamer through email: [email protected].

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