Vol. 2 - No. 40
Aug. 25, 1998
On Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24, Secretary of Commerce William
M. Daley issued a statement in response to the U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia's order enjoining the
Census Bureau from using "any form of statistical sampling"
in Census 2000. The Secretary's statement follows:
"We are obviously disappointed with today's ruling on the
Census. What is at stake here is the ability of the Census
Bureau to use the most modern scientific methods to ensure
an accurate and fair census. We will ask the Solicitor
General to appeal the ruling and we expect the Supreme Court
to reverse it. Meantime, the Census Bureau will proceed with
its two-track planning process, preparing for both a census
using an element of statistical sampling, and a census that
would not use those methods.
"In the cases arising out of the 1980 and 1990 census,
courts have held that the use of statistical sampling
methods in the decennial is both constitutional and lawful.
In 1991, Congress passed and President Bush signed
legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences to
determine a more accurate method for counting the
population, including the possible use of statistical
sampling. We concur with the findings of the Academy and
other experts that a census using statistical sampling will
produce much more accurate results, and at far less cost,
than a census not using these methods."
For further information concerning this bulletin, contact
Mary Hanley (202-482-4883) or Karen Cowles (202-482-1523) at
the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Commerce Department.
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