This came from the Census Project and may be of interest.
Today, two subcommittees will hold a joint hearing on the Census Bureau's use of technology to improve the next decennial census and to reduce costs. This update also includes information on the Census Bureau's Fiscal Year 2016 budget; new resource information (posted on the Census Project's website) on the 2020 Census Operational Plan; and the U.S. Conference of Mayors new 2020 Census Task Force.
1. Appropriations update: Congress and the Administration have reached a budget deal for FY2016 (and FY2017) that will increase the overall spending limit for non-defense discretionary programs by $25 billion for the fiscal year that started October 1st. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees must now revise the 12 annual funding bills, and Congress must enact them, before the temporary spending bill (Continuing Resolution) expires on December 11th. The Census Project will circulate a sign-on letter later this week, urging appropriators to increase funding substantially for 2020 Census planning and the American Community Survey (ACS); the Commerce, Justice, and Science bills approved over the summer cut the budget significantly for both programs. (Congress is likely to roll all 12 appropriations bills into one Omnibus measure.)
2. Other congressional news: Two subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over Census Bureau programs, will hold a joint hearing, "Preparing for the 2020 Census: Will the Technology be Ready?,” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 2:00pm in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. The Subcommittee on Information Technology is chaired by Rep. William Hurd (R-TX); the Subcommittee on Government Operations is chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
3. 2020 Census update: Census Director John Thompson and Associate Director for the Decennial Census, Lisa Blumerman, discussed the 2020 Census Operational Plan with Census Project stakeholders during an October 21st telephone briefing. The Bureau released the baseline plan on October 6th. The slides that accompanied the presentation are posted on our website.
4. Stakeholder news: The U.S. Conference of Mayors selected San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor to chair its Census Task Force for the 2020 Census. Mayor Taylor, a nonpartisan office holder, was elected on June 13, 2015, but she was previously appointed to the position when President Obama nominated former Mayor Julian Castro to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The Conference is the official, non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or higher.
Attached is a screenshot of a recent CTPP news email I received. How do I open the attachments labeled "Today's Topics" and "Digest Footer"?
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking proposals for the "Multimodal Public Transportation System Connectivity Performance Measures" research project (Solicitation Number DTFT6016R00002), part of the Ladders of Opportunity initiative.
The goal of this research project is to develop a suite of performance measures that are useful for communities of varying size and sophistication to evaluate the level of connectivity of their multimodal public transportation systems including walking and biking connections to public transit and identify gaps. The approach should be particularly considerate of the travel needs of those with lower incomes, minorities, older adults, and individuals with disabilities and the ease of physically accessing essential service locations, including: jobs, educational facilities, groceries, healthcare, and social services.
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We are in the process of drawing a new MPO boundary to reflect changes to
the 2010 urbanized area. There are several options being looked at for
exactly how to set the new boundary but we are not currently considering
Census geography. Does an MPO boundary get submitted to the Census bureau,
and if so are there requirements to snap it to blocks?
*Mara Kaminowitz, GISP*GIS Coordinator
*Baltimore Metropolitan Council*
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Apologies for cross-posting, please forward to census data users
Attention CTPP Data Users
The Census Bureau has directed us to request a special tabulation for our next 5-year data product that is one third (1/3) the size of our current special tabulation. Additionally, we are limited in the number of tables that can include all levels of geography; most tables will be produced at census summary levels of place, MCD (for strong MCD states), county, TAD, PUMA, state, MSA (and principal city), and nation. Only a few will also be available at Tract and TAZ.
We need your input for the elimination of tables in the CTPP, we are leery of eliminating tables critical to analysis. We have employed a methodology to suggest tables for elimination, however, a key feature of the methodology (google analytics for number of times a data table is accessed at any geography) does not take into account any users who have accessed the data by any means other than through the software. All "power users" who have downloaded data by FTP take note. Your use is not captured, and we need to hear from you!
CTPP is hosting a series of "town hall" meetings to present our findings and get your input and feedback.
Please consider attending one:
Monday, November 9 at 10:00 am EST
Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 pm EST, or
Thursday, November 12 at Noon EST
By logging into: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/ctpp_town_hall/ and dialing: 1-888-585-9008 passcode/room: 433-083-926
The same information will be presented at all three meetings, so you need only attend one. Registration is not required, but space is limited. If you would like the materials and methodology to review ahead, please email pweinberger(a)aashto.org<mailto:email@example.com> and I will send the materials.
I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming week,
Penelope Z. Weinberger
CTPP Program Manager