On September 14, Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of PAA Government and Public Affairs spoke at a press conference sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) regarding her bill, HR 8326, Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act. The US House of Representatives passed the bill on Friday, September 15. The Census Project published a blog summarizing action on the bill. See the full press conference on Facebook Live.
The legislation was informed in part by the results of an investigation that the Committee conducted regarding the conduct of the 2020 Census.
The Census Project covered the committee markup stage in July.
Specifically, the legislation would:
- Ensure that any question added to a decennial census is researched and tested according established statistical procedures, reviewed by the Government Accountability Office, and shared with Congress in advance.
- Empower the Census Director to make key decisions about the census, ensure a career expert serves as deputy director, and limit the number of political appointees at the Bureau to no more than 4 positions.
- Reauthorize existing census advisory committees (Census Scientific Advisory Committee and National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations) and create new advisory entities (2030 Census Advisory Committee and Committee on Statistical Quality Standards).
- Enhance the transparency of the agency’s annual budget process and allow the Director to communicate directly with policymakers regarding the agency’s budgetary needs and the operational status of each decennial census.