FYI – more information about the Federal Register Notice.
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Subject: IMPORTANT UPDATE: American Community Survey (ACS) Content Review Federal Register Notice
Thank you for your participation and input in the American Community Survey (ACS) Content Review during the past months. The results of our analysis have been published in a Federal Register Notice which was released today. Below is a copy of the announcement regarding how you can access the notice and provide comments. At the conclusion of the 60-day Federal Register Notice open period, the Census Bureau will evaluate all comments received -- including any further correspondence you provide as part of the public comment period -- and make a final recommendation to OMB on the removal of any content from the questionnaire. We will notify you of the final recommendation.
Federal Register Notice Announcement - transmitted to 38,000 unique subscribers of our GovDelivery notification lists:
As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Census Bureau recently completed the first phase of a comprehensive content review of every question on the American Community Survey (ACS), using an objective cost-benefit analysis. With the aim of delivering maximum public benefit while ensuring a minimum of public burden, the Census Bureau’s analysis yields seven questions slated for removal from the survey. A 60-day Federal Register notice is published today, October 31, 2014, through December 30, 2014, and we invite you to review it and provide comments according to the instructions included in the notice. The link is: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/10/31/2014-25912/proposed-inf…
For additional information, please go to the ACS Content Review webpage at: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/acs_content_review/
Thank you again for working with us as we complete the first phase of the ACS Content Review. If you have general questions about the ACS Content Review process, please contact Gary Chappell, ACS Content Review Project Manager, gary.b.chappell(a)census.gov<mailto:email@example.com>.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Federal Register notice is available for the 2014 ACS Content Review, with a comment period ending in 60 days (December 30, 2014).
I encourage the transportation community to provide statements of support for the journey-to-work items as this will reinforce the decision to leave the journey-to-work items alone. Furthermore, the questions below are proposed to be removed from the survey. Please respond to the federal register if these are important to you and your work.
Housing Question No. 6-Business/Medical Office on Property-Is there a business (such as a store or barber shop) or a medical office on this property?
Person Question No. 12-Undergraduate Field of Degree-This question focuses on this person's Bachelor's Degree. Please print below the specific major(s) of any Bachelor's Degrees this person has received.
Person Question No. 21a-Get Married-In the past 12 months did this person get-Married?
Person Question No. 21b-Get Widowed-In the past 12 months did this person get-Widowed?
Person Question No. 21c-Get Divorced-In the past 12 months did this person get-Divorced?
Person Question No. 22-Times Married-How many times has this person been married?
Person Question No. 23-Year Last Married -In what year did this person last get married?
Once again, thank you for all your help with this endeavor!
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Maria Champine from the Hidalgo County MPO asked me to share this conference invitation with you.
The 5th Bi-Annual Border to Border Transportation Conference http://www.hcmpo.org/2014-border-border/
will be held November 18-20, 2014 at the McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TX.
You can register at www.eventbrite.com<http://www.eventbrite.com> (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-bi-annual-border-to-border-transportation-c…). For more information, please contact Maria Champine directly at mchampine(a)hcmpo.org<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 956-279-7909.
I attended this conference in 2010 to talk about ACS and CTPP data. At the conference, I learned a lot about trucks at border crossings and measuring and reducing delay. Since my work focuses on personal travel, I know very little about freight movements. But, I know that many of you on the CTPP listserv are responsible for data activities related to both personal and goods movement.
On October 22, the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) http://apdu.org/ hosted a webinar on Census Bureau activities related to the 2020 Census.
Deirdre Bishop, Senior Advisor, Administrative Records and Data Linkage at the Census Bureau spoke.
The main objective is for the 2020 Census to cost LESS per housing unit than the 2010 Census, while retaining data quality.
To do this, the Census Bureau identified the major cost drivers and has identified 4 key targets:
1. Address canvasing
a. Goal is to limit the field work to checking of only 20% of housing unit addresses, with the remaining 80% done using computer (Internet) resources and other shared files
b. Want to use files from local governments, tribes, and/or third party commercial vendors
c. Hope to save $1 Billion compared to 2010
2. Increasing self-enumeration
a. 2010 Census did not promote internet response. Internet response will be very important for the 2020 Census. Estimate 55% will use Internet response, based on current response to ACS
b. Estimated saving of $548 million, not having to do data capture of paper forms
c. Questions that need to be addressed:
i. Can people respond without having a unique ID code sent to them in advance (type in their address on the computer)
ii. Can people provide to the CB their preferred contact mechanism in advance, e.g. email, text
iii. Can addresses be submitted by respondents and have real time matching and geocoding
3. Using Administrative records
a. Hope that using administrative records can remove vacant and deleted housing unit addresses in advance, and reduce Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU) by 12%.
b. Estimate $1.23 Billion in savings
c. Questions that need to be addressed:
i. Will CB get permissions to use these (various) administrative records as part of decennial census
ii. What about proxy responses? E.g. neighbors
iii. What will the public perception be if administrative records are used
4. Reengineering field operations
a. Plan to reduce the number of personal visits from 6 to 3 visits per housing unit address.
b. Plan for 75% of enumerators to use their own device (BYOD) for enumerating
c. Supervisors will have electronic access to enumerator workloads and be able to adjust
d. Considering alternatives to field staff structure
APDU has always been a great resource, especially on decennial census and American Community Survey activities, especially for those of us who do not attend the American Statististical Association (ASA) meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). This webinar is one of the benefits of APDU membership. I encourage you to become involved and JOIN APDU! As members, you also have access to previously conducted and recorded webinars.
APDU gave me permission to share my notes with the CTPP listserv!
206-220-4460 (in Seattle)
I am on one of the community groups under the ACS Data Users
organization, http://www.acsdatausers.org, and a post just came through
about the ACS content review. It may be of interest to some so I am
"Possible changes to ACS Questionnaire
The Census Bureau is considering changes to the ACS questionnaire,
potentially dropping questions on field of degree and marital history.
for more info. A Federal Register notice will be issued soon, where data
users can provide comments."
I checked out the link and the slides posted and although I did not
follow the quadrant analysis that got to the answer, I did understand
slide 16 which listed the questions that are to be candidates for
removal. Fortunately I did not see any of the direct transportation
questions on the list. We just have to wait for the Federal Register
notice which is due out any time now.
Also, if you are not part of the ACS Users Group you might consider
joining. Its free and a good way to stay plugged in.
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