Only 8 out of 44 systems for the 2020 Census’ practice run in Rhode Island have been tested to date, the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Wednesday.
As the 2020 census approaches, lawmakers and the Government Accountability Office are concerned about the Census Bureau’s cost estimation practices, lack of transparency and cybersecurity. No one currently has a clear picture of what the 2020 census will cost, although best estimates put it around $12.5 billion.
While most of Congress seems mired in the partisan minutiae of a new administration, at least two members are looking towards the stars. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) have introduced a bill that would require NASA to develop a specific plan to put an astronaut on Mars. Culberson discusses the Manifest for Human Spaceflight Act on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) chairs the subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. For nearly a year, he’s been pushing a bill to re-do NASA’s management structure. He spoke with Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about it.
The Pentagon’s 2015 budget request includes sharp cuts in funding for construction and maintenance on military bases, which congressional appropriators immediately denounced. But Defense officials say they could do a better job of maintaining military bases if they were allowed to close they ones they no longer need.