From: The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
SUPPORT FUNDING FOR CENSUS BUREAU’S DECENNIAL PLANNING
Sign letter to Appropriations Subcommittee by COB Friday, December 2nd
Please join us in supporting the Administration’s FY17 request for increased funding anomaly for the Census Bureau’s Periodic Censuses and Programs account to help improve accuracy and reduce costs as it undergoes planning for the 2020 decennial. Beyond
saving money in the long term, fully funding Census planning ensures the Census Bureau has the tools it needs to create a Census that counts everyone. Failing to adequately fund the Census means that many U.S. counties and nearly all rural and small communities
are at risk of being underrepresented, leaving these areas without sufficient data to guide planning decisions, resource allocation, and initiatives to attract new business investment. Our most vulnerable communities cannot afford further cuts to the Census
This is a critical year of preparation to successfully execute the 2020 Census. The Bureau is conducting research and operational development on new data collection technology that could save more than $5 billion over the lifecycle of the Census. Failure
to invest in planning and preparation now could leave the Census Bureau with no choice but to use traditional counting methods that are expensive and less accurate.
We urge you to join us in supporting the President’s $1.192 billion funding anomaly for the Census Bureau. If you have any questions or to be added to the letter, please have your staff contact Max Whitcomb (x5-7944) with Rep. Maloney, Andres Bascumbe (x51492)
with Rep. Connolly, or Abby Schanfield (x54755) with Rep. Ellison.
GERALD E. CONNOLLY CAROLYN B. MALONEY KEITH ELLISON
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
December xx, 2016
The Honorable Hal Rogers The Honorable Nita Lowey
Chairman Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations
The Capitol The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey
As you consider Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, we respectfully urge you to provide an increased spending anomaly of $1.192 billion for the Periodic Censuses and Programs account within the U.S. Census Bureau, as requested by President Obama.
This increased funding level is essential for 2020 Census planning and testing as well as development for the American Community Survey (ACS).
The 2020 Census is expected to be the largest and most digitally advanced Census ever conducted, embracing new opportunities in technology and data collection that could save more than $5 billion over the lifecycle of the Census. Failure to provide a funding
level increase could cost taxpayers billions of dollars, as the Census Bureau would be forced to revert back to traditional counting methods that threaten both cost effectiveness and accuracy.
This is a critical year of preparation for a successful 2020 Census. In FY 2017, the Census Bureau must make final design decisions and preparations in advance of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test during which all systems and operations will be tested and
evaluated as a “dress rehearsal” for operations in 2020. This requires starting the Local Update of Census Addresses program in partnership with state and local governments, updating spatial mapping information using new cost-effective methods, acquiring six
new Regional Census Centers and finalizing questionnaire content to be submitted to Congress.
Furthermore, the Census Bureau will continue development of the Integrated Communications Campaign and Partnership Program, submit 2020 Census and ACS topics to Congress, and conduct the 2017 Census Test, which will assess reengineered Update/Enumerate methods
for rural and remote areas for the first time.
Beyond preparing for the Census, the Bureau is charged with the important task of managing the American Community Survey (ACS) each year. The importance of the ACS cannot be overstated; it provides Congress, state and local governments, businesses, and social
service providers with the objective, reliable data they need to invest wisely, stimulate economic growth, and meet the needs of vulnerable populations like veterans, people with disabilities, older Americans, and low income households.
The ACS is the only source of annually updated demographic, social, and economic data for every community in the nation and helps direct $400 billion in annual federal funding. The modest funding increase requested for the ACS will support continued efforts
to improve the ease of responding and the overall experience for our constituents and businesses and ensure data quality. Cuts to the ACS budget could mean many U.S. counties and all rural and small communities go uncounted, leaving these areas without sufficient
data to guide planning decisions, resource allocation, and initiatives to attract new business investment. Our most vulnerable communities cannot afford cuts to the ACS.
In closing, the Census Bureau will not be able to implement these activities in a thorough and timely way without sufficient funding in FY 2017. Additionally, as we move closer to 2020, the Census Bureau cannot make up for lost time due to lack of proper
funding without compromising the integrity and accuracy of the Census funding for preparation.
Thank you for considering our views on this important matter. While we recognize and appreciate the challenges your Committee faces in drafting a continuing resolution, we strongly urge you to provide an increased spending anomaly at the level of $1.192
billion for the Periodic Censuses and Programs account within the U.S. Census Bureau so that it may fulfill its Constitutional mandate effectively and accurately.
Members of Congress.