The Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2020 count. Bureau officials say they're hitting milestones thanks to recent software decisions and the hiring of certain IT personnel. But federal auditors say they've found flaws in the bureau’s preparation.
The 2020 population count is five years away, a blink of an eye for the Census Bureau. It has to make big decisions now on technology for conducting the count and it needs time to test everything out. Those challenges have caught the attention of the Government Accountability Office. Carol Cha, director of IT Acquisition Management Issues at GAO, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about the Census' plan.
Budget constraints, IT management issues and a tight timeline could thwart the Census Bureau's ambitious redesign plan for the 2020 count. The bureau said it could save more than $5 billion during the 2020 Census cycle. Census' last count was the most expensive ever in U.S. history.
Agency leaders hope employees will help the Census Bureau fill critical workforce skills gaps. The self-assessments are aimed at upgrading the way workers collect, process and analyze data about the U.S. ahead of the 2020 census.
The Census Bureau is ready to apply lessons learned from the 2010 population count to the next one in 2020. It\'s laying the groundwork to move away from large, troublesome, monolithic technology systems.
Census 2010 goes from \"most likely to fail\" to $1.6 billion in the black. Federal News Radio talks with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Gary Locke, about the turnaround and what\'s on the horizon for the department.