Three house lawmakers are asking GAO to evaluate the CEDCaP program after the Census Bureau’s last IT Census project ran billions over budget.
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.
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.
Census Bureau Chief Data Officer Zach Whitman says among the hopes for the site is to serve as a bridge between users who are more familiar with “data-data” and those more versed in geospatial data.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is asking for a $187 million adjustment to fiscal 2018 levels to help with immediate challenges.