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The review of the initial release of Part 1 of CTPP 2000 is complete. The
errors that were identified are listed in the document entitled Errata for
CTPP Part 1. The errata file also includes general notes about the data
that answer some of the more frequently asked questions, as well as copies
of two data notes from the Census 2000 Summary File 3 (SF3) regarding
comparing sample (long form) estimates with Census 2000 hundred percent
data from sources like Summary File 1.
The direct link to the errata file is
You can also find the file by going to the TRB Subcommittee on Census Data
for Transportation Planning at http://www.TRBcensus.com/ and clicking on
Notes and News under the Site Navigation heading. Then under the
Census-Related Notes and Articles heading click on the link to Errata for
CTPP Part 1.
November 14, 2003
Senate Tries, Fails to Complete Action on FY04 Commerce Appropriations
Plus: Revised Census 2000 Population Totals Give N.C. and Utah
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate started and then stopped
consideration of the Fiscal Year 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State, The
Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, as unrelated
disputes between Republicans and Democrats delayed the chambers regular
business. It now appears that House and Senate negotiators will try to
iron out differences between the House-passed version and Senate
Appropriations Committee version of the bill. The compromise measure
could later be rolled into a catch-all spending bill for Fiscal Year
2004 (FY04), which began October 1. The Commerce spending bill contains
funding for the Census Bureau.
The Senate committee bill appropriates $550.9 million for Census Bureau
programs, $111 million less than the Bush Administration requested. In
a Statement of Administration Policy issued this week, the White House
urged the Senate to restore full funding for the Census Bureau. This
reduction would severely impact the Economic Census, the 2010 Census
reengineering effort, and other important activities to improve the
availability and quality of our Nations key economic, social, and
demographic statistics, the Administration warned.
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the spending
bill (S. 1585) in September, but several controversial provisions
unrelated to the census have slowed progress on the legislation. Senior
White House advisers said they would recommend a presidential veto if
the final Commerce-Justice-State bill contains three provisions in the
Senate committee bill that the Administration strongly opposes. Those
provisions relate to a new Federal Communications Commission rule on
media ownership, foreign aid for family planning groups that distribute
information on abortion, and contracting out certain crime prevention
and control activities at the Justice Department.
The U.S. House of Representatives, which approved its version of the
bill (H.R. 2799) last summer, allocated $662 for Census Bureau
activities, the amount requested by the President. Roughly $260 million
of that amount would fund the three main components of the Bureaus 2010
census planning strategy: Reengineering the census design; updating the
Master Address File and digital geographic maps; and replacing the
traditional long form with the American Community Survey (ACS). At a
Decennial Census Advisory Committee meeting in October, Director C.
Louis Kincannon said the Census Bureau would launch the ACS nationwide
late next year as planned, even if Congress does not approve all of the
money requested for agency programs. The Bureau instead would consider
scaling back a major field test and an overseas enumeration test in
2004, and slow the pace of fixing misaligned features in the TIGER map
Last week, Congress passed a third temporary funding bill, as it
continues to debate FY04 federal agency spending bills. The so-called
Continuing Resolution extends funding at Fiscal Year 2003 levels
through November 21, for agencies whose FY04 appropriations bills have
not been signed into law. The current fiscal year began on October 1.
Apportionment would narrow, not change, under revised census counts:
Changes in state population totals resulting from the Census 2000 Count
Question Resolution (CQR) program would have increased the likelihood
that Utah would have gained a fourth seat in Congress and North Carolina
would not have picked up a 13th seat, but the apportionment outcome
ultimately would not have changed.
The Census Bureau informed Congress on September 30, the closing date of
the CQR program, that a duplication problem at University of North
Carolina dormitories resulted in an overcount of 2,673 in Chapel Hill.
Bureau officials said some students mistakenly received, and then mailed
back, census forms; dormitories are counted with assistance from
university officials under the group quarters program.
According to an analysis of the revised state population totals prepared
by the Congressional Research Service (an arm of the Library of
Congress), the margin for the 435th seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives would narrow substantially based on the revised numbers
from CQR. North Carolina would still win a 13th seat, with 309 persons
to spare, instead of the 3,084-person margin calculated using the
official state population figures. Utah would miss gaining a fourth
seat by 87 instead of 855 persons.
The North Carolina mistake was the largest discovered through the CQR
program, which gave local, state, and Tribal officials an opportunity to
challenge Census 2000 housing unit and group quarters counts. The
Census Bureau did not collect any new information in the field during
CQR. Nationwide, the CQR program added or subtracted 7,183 persons from
the state population totals issued immediately following the census,
resulting in a net change of 1,427 to the apportionment population.
Missouri had the largest gain (+1,472); Utah picked up 29 people.
Utahs three House members reiterated their belief that the state
deserved another congressional district, calling the newly discovered
duplicates an egregious error and saying they intend to do everything
possible to get the new seat. Utah filed two unsuccessful lawsuits
after the 2000 census, claiming it was entitled to a fourth seat in
Congress. One case challenged a statistical technique known as
imputation, which assumes the existence and characteristics of some
people who are not counted on a census form or in person. The other
claimed that private American citizens, such as Mormon missionaries,
living abroad during the census should have been counted for
apportionment purposes. Members of the armed forces and federal
civilian employees stationed overseas were included in the state
2004 Census Advisory Committee meetings announced: The Census Bureaus
five Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (REACs, which represent the
African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic,
and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander populations) will meet
jointly on May 5 7 and November 8 10, 2004. The Commerce
Departments Decennial Census Advisory Committee (DCAC) will meet on
April 29 30, and October 28 29, 2004. The Census Bureau has not yet
announced a location for the meetings.
Census News Briefs are prepared by Terri Ann Lowenthal, an independent
consultant in Washington, DC. Please direct questions about the
information in this News Brief to Ms. Lowenthal at 202/484-3067 or by
e-mail at TerriAnn2K(a)aol.com. Please feel free to circulate this
document to other interested individuals and organizations. The
Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC) has posted News Briefs
through April 2003 on the Census 2000 Initiative web site, at
www.census2000.org. If you would like copies of Census News Briefs
distributed after April 2003, please contact Ms. Lowenthal directly.
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