Government Accountability Office: 2020 Census at Risk

February 23, 2017 - 1 minute read

As part of its 2017 High Risk Report that identifies at-risk federal programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) describes the 2020 Census as being vulnerable to falling short of achieving its goals.

Without adequate funding in place, the Census Bureau has already cancelled several planned field tests designed to refine the 2020 Census, representing lost opportunities. Additionally, the Census Bureau has sought a number of new innovations to improve the 2020 Census program – like allowing households to respond online rather than by mail – that may require additional upfront costs but offer significant future cost savings once implemented. It is imperative that the Census Bureau receive funding for these crucial program improvements.

Watch the video below for a preview of the GAO’s analysis, or click here to read the GAO’s full report