We are behind schedule on the release of the Part 1 data (by place of
residence) for CTPP 2000. Data release did not begin in December as we
said it would, and it is clear now that it will not begin in January
either. Release may begin by the end of February but I can't guarantee
that date yet as there are still too many unknowns. Here's where we stand.
The programs are all written to tabulate the data, and we are on our fifth
iteration of the complete Part 1 datasets in the tabulate/review/correct
process for our test states. We recently added one table to Part 1 but
have been held up from going into full final production by a policy issue
that has cropped up here in the Census Bureau. This is unfortunate timing,
since if we had released the data in December as planned we might have
gotten it out before the policy issue arose. The issue affects other census
products in addition to the CTPP, but we do not have a time table for when
it will be resolved. This is a high priority topic here, though, so I am
hoping it will be resolved in the next two weeks.
We just completed our first review of the browsing, mapping, and exporting
software that will be used to access CTPP 2000 data (CTPP Access Tool
--CAT). We sent our comments to the two vendors late today so they can
begin incorporating the fixes. There are several bugs that need to be
addressed, but the basic functionality seems to be working properly. I do
not anticipate getting a second version to review any sooner than the first
week of February, and it will take us a few days to check out that version.
If we are up and running in data file production by then we will submit the
files to the vendors, they will import the data and create the CD images,
send the images back to us for volume CD production, and then shipping out
to the States and MPOs will occur. Given these delays and CD production
scheduling, I expect that the first CDs will be available beginning in late
February at the earliest. Part 1 release for the entire country will
probably take six to eight weeks.
I know that many States and MPOs are planning to use the CTPP 2000 for
their model update work and need the data as quickly as possible. I
apologize for this delay and am working to get the data out as soon as
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