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.
CTPP Planning Partners -
Do you use ACS, QCEW, Census Transportation Planning Products or other data sources for planning, modelling, or policy? Ever wonder how to best use these data sources or what data source is best for a certain application or to answer a specific question?
We are asking for your insights on how and when you use employment data. To access the survey, use the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2416685/Employment-Data-For-Transportation-Pl….
Employment data can help answer key questions such as: Where do workers live? How do workers travel to work? Or, how accessible are employment centers? But using these data is challenging when there are multiple sources of employment data - each with different procedures, universes, and information. Different data sources can produce significantly different estimates of employment and work distribution patterns.
Your responses to this survey will help us all better understand how and when to use employment data. This survey is being performed under NCHRP 8-36, Task 127 Employment Data which will develop a Resource Guide for transportation professionals. This guide will provide information on the best data sources for specific purposes, frequently asked data questions, and a library of examples of innovative applications of employment data.
The information and insights you share will help all of us learn more about the current applications and future potential uses of employment data.
* This survey will take 5-7 minutes to complete.
* Responses will be reported in aggregate only and not identifiable by agency.
* We will develop case studies of the most innovative uses of data. Your experience will help other agencies learn how to best apply data.
* Please forward and share this survey link with multiple staff at your agency. We are interested in the use of employment data in planning, modelling, transit planning, and policy development applications.
To access the survey, use the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2416685/Employment-Data-For-Transportation-Pl…. Please respond by Feb 1st.
Thank you for your time and contributions to this survey.
For information or questions on this research and survey, please contact:
Evan Enarson, Principal Investigator, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
303.357.4663 | eenarsonhering(a)camsys.com<mailto:email@example.com>
For accountability or information on this NCHRP project please contact:
Larry Goldstein, Senior Program Officer, National Cooperative Highway Research Program
202.334.1866 | lgoldstein(a)nas.edu<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
999 18th St., Suite 2700
Denver, CO 80211
t 303.357.4663 | c 617.800.4599
Apologies for the cross posting.
Here is the link (http://bit.ly/abj45t_trb2016) to the activities of the
NHTS task force at TRB 2016. Come find out what is happening with the next
NHTS, how is the NHTS being used in various domains and other items, come
to the NHTS task force meetings.
Thanks and safe travels,
The CTPP December newsletter is now posted at http://trbcensus.com/ and
This issue may be of special interest as there is an article in it
updating us on the table reductions facing the next CTPP data
product--ACS data spanning 2012 to 2016. There are also articles on
Measuring Change in Transit Ridership for a New Mode Using ACS: The Case
of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail and Light Rail Overall as well as an
article on a Chattanooga CTPP/Airsage Reasonableness Comparison.
the direct link to the newsletter is
The Census for Transportation Planning Subcommittee, ABJ30(1) will be
meeting on Monday, January 11 at 12:15 PM-1:15 PM in Liberty O in the
Marriott Marquis. We will have program updates and a number of exciting
speakers. The agenda can be found at
Shortly after, the poster session titled "Uses of Multiple Data Sets for
Transportation Planning" will take place on Monday, January 11, from
2:00-3:45 PM in Hall E of the Convention Center.
TRB program listings:
I look forward to seeing you there!
*Mara Kaminowitz, GISP*GIS Coordinator
*Baltimore Metropolitan Council*
Offices @ McHenry Row
1500 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-0500 ext. 1030