CONGRESS: It’s Up to You! Setting the record straight on extending the 2020 Census deadlines

Publication date: 
September 2020

Unless Congress steps in now to save the census, the loss to the nation for the next decade will be incalculable. A rushed census could lead to misallocation of political representation, government funding, and private sector investment in every state and community. If the remaining counting and data processing operations are not thorough, communities most in need of resources to improve quality of life and standards of living will not receive their fair share for the next decade. Accurate data from the 2020 Census are critical to informed decision-making and resource/investment allocation by the public and private sectors, including preparation for and recovery from natural disasters and public health crises.

Failure to push back the statutory reporting deadlines is forcing the Census Bureau to cut short 2020 Census counting, data processing, and quality check operations.