December’s Federal Omnibus Funding Agreement Offers Good News for Census 2020

January 8, 2016 - Less than a minute read

The omnibus spending agreement erases deep cuts made earlier this year to the U.S. Census Bureau that would have hugely undermined planning for the 2020 census. The new funding level ($1.1 billion) puts the Census Bureau closer to adequate funding for an efficient 2020 Census and robust American Community Survey.

“It’s the best-case scenario in a tight fiscal environment,” says Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to the Census Project, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for researchers and others who use Census data. “Census stakeholders are pleased that the Bureau will have the flexibility to [use] its best judgment” in allocating its budget.

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