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.
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Subject: Census Bureau News -- Cornell University Professor Abowd Named to Lead Census Bureau Research and Methodology Directorate
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Cornell University Professor Abowd Named to Lead Census Bureau Research and Methodology Directorate
NEWS RELEASE: CB15-207
DEC. 10, 2015 - Cornell University professor John M. Abowd will join the U.S. Census Bureau through an interagency personnel agreement as the new associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist, Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson announced today. The appointment will be effective June 1, 2016.
"I'm thrilled to have Dr. Abowd coming on board to help lead critical work to modernize the Census Bureau's operations and products," Thompson said. "John is an internationally renowned scholar and a great addition to lead our research and methodology efforts. His research on privacy and statistical disclosure limitation are particularly relevant as we work to improve the utility of our data products to our users and honor our commitment to maintain the confidentiality of the data American people and businesses provide us."
Abowd joined the faculty of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1987. He is currently the Edmund Ezra Day Professor of economics, statistics and information science. He began his long association with the Census Bureau in 1998 when he joined the team of distinguished senior research fellows that helped found the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. He has served continuously since 1998 as a scientific adviser to that program and others at the bureau. Since 2011, he has been the principal investigator for the Cornell University node of the National Science Foundation-Census Research Network and co-principal investigator of its coordinating office.
Abowd is a fellow and past president of the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Econometric Society, as well as an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He currently serves on the National Research Council's Committee on National Statistics and the American Economic Association's Committee on Economic Statistics.
"This is a period of enormous methodological challenges for the Census Bureau and all national statistical agencies that will require innovative redesign and reengineering of the bureau's flagship activities," Abowd said. "I am excited to join Director John Thompson, Deputy Director Nancy Potok and the associate directors in marshaling the bureau's talented scientific professionals to meet these challenges."
The associate director for research and methodology leads a directorate of research centers, each devoted to domains of investigation important to the future of social and economic statistics. In that regard, the position leads key capacities for innovation across all statistical programs of the Census Bureau. The Research and Methodology Directorate includes the Center for Adaptive Design, Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, Center for Disclosure Avoidance Research, Center for Economic Studies, Center for Statistical Research and Methodology, Center for Survey Measurement and the new Center for Big Data Research and Applications.
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