The internal supervision agency of the Ministry of Commerce has determined that the order to shorten the 2020 census did not come from the Census Bureau, and even the director of the Bureau does not know who ultimately called.
The department’s office of the inspector general did not disclose the source of the order, but hinted that it is investigating whether there is any political interference.
“The change of the timetable is neither the decision of the Bureau, nor the first change to the 2020 census timetable. Senior officials of the Bureau, including the director, do not know who ultimately decided to speed up the census timetable.” states.
This preliminary report is intended to provide an early warning that the decision to expedite the data collection deadline increases the risk of incomplete or inaccurate censuses.
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But in some states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Montana, the proportion is less than 90%.
The ten-year count is closely watched because it will determine the main political and economic impacts in the next 10 years.
The census determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. This is called a redistribution process, and states such as New York and California risk losing seats if there are not enough people. It is also used to redraw a regional map, which occurs once every 10 years and has a huge impact on the elected, how the representation of each region is equal, and what power each region generates.
For example, if the number of people is underestimated, there will be more people crowded together in the neighboring area with fewer representatives and the next door, which dashes everyone’s hope that everyone has the same voting rights.
In addition, the census is used to allocate trillions of dollars in federal funds to keep schools, health, and public safety programs running in communities across the country.
Some experts say that ending the count earlier than expected makes those who need the best effort (such as immigrants or people living in rural areas) are more likely to be ignored in the next few years, insufficient funds and insufficient numbers may be for Political interests.
“It is obvious that there is a political motivation to change the timetable, especially to end the census and counting as soon as possible, because doing so will bias the final counting. This will lead to a significant reduction in the number of low-income people and low-income people. The color, and has obvious The political implication of: by excluding them from the count, you will also bias the redistribution process and the redistribution process.” said Paul Unger, director of the UCLA Neighborhood Knowledge Center and former Census Bureau consultant.
Weng said: “There is a real political motive that essentially biases the final count because certain parties will benefit from it at the expense of people they think are not worthy of being included.” “So if this is Really, I would not be surprised, because politicians will participate in political activities, and of course some people will participate in political activities during the census, so that the results are biased towards them.”
The watchdog alert says that the Office of the Inspector General is monitoring “urgent and emerging issues” related to the census.
In early August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would stop collecting responses to the census on September 30 (one month earlier than originally planned), so that the collection and analysis must be reported to Congress before December 9 as required by law. The data. 31.
The announcement drew alarms from lawmakers and advocates, who said that the Radiocommunication Bureau needs more time to count, especially in the areas hit hardest by COVID-19 cases.
When asked how and why the announcement was made, the inspector general said that US Census Bureau officials said that they had not made a decision to increase the timetable and worried that this would make accurate counting more difficult.
The report said: “The Bureau did not make a decision to speed up the 2020 Census Timetable. Senior professional officials of the Bureau believed that the decision was the result of the government’s no longer supporting the extension of the timetable, but ultimately they lacked understanding of the decision-making process.” Long Peggy Gustafson (Peggy Gustafson) signed.
IG’s alert was originally reported by NPR.
The alert was issued on Friday, stating that before announcing the accelerated timetable, Census Bureau officials believed that the Trump administration would support Congress’s efforts to extend the deadline to allow more time to collect and analyze data.
Officials interviewed by the inspector general said they were concerned about other challenges in collecting response measures in areas affected by hurricanes and wildfires this summer.
According to the inspector general, officials from the Census Bureau have left the Trump administration with the impression that the Trump administration will support Congress’s efforts to extend the census deadline to give them more time to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.
But in late July, they were asked to brief the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Wilbur Ross) on how they could complete their tasks before the December 31 deadline. After Ross reacted well to the presentation, he issued an announcement announcing an acceleration of the timetable.
A senior Census Bureau official told the IG office that the presidential memorandum instructed the department to take measures to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census calculation. The census calculation determined that the Congressional representation affected the government’s decision not to support the extension.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney (Carolyn Maloney) called the Democratic government sheriff “the latest red flag” that changing the timetable will worsen the census results.
“This should not be a partisan issue. If the Senate fails to extend the deadline, the 2020 Census will underestimate the number of people in the red and blue states, and these communities will lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to health care, job training, education, and other programs. Federal funds in US dollars for the next ten years.” She said in a statement.
The Supervisory Committee’s report found that a 1% undercount in the census may mean that states lost tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds.
Governor Steven Roy Lewis of the Gila River community in Arizona said that for communities that are already underfunded, they are eager to retain the very little federal funding they receive, which may even be a “life and death matter.” . Lewis testified before Congress last week.
“It is no exaggeration to say that an accurate census may be a matter of life and death for tribal communities, because the programs affected by the census affect health care, public safety, our youth and elderly programs, housing, and violence against women. Delivery and other plans to maintain our tribal community.” Lewis told Congress. “And we have reason to worry that if the Census Bureau ends its field operations at the end of this month, accurate counts will not occur.”