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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The bureau says it has developed two secure data-collection systems, so that if one goes down during the census count, the other can substitute. Other mechanisms are in place to prevent failure and backup plans in case the worst happens. “All systems are go,

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Feb. 15, 2020 9:07 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results. Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the technological woes that...

By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65

Feb. 13, 2020 7:04 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — By 2060, almost a quarter of all U.S. residents will be over age 65, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 years, according to new reports the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. The growth in life expectancy in the U.S. over the next four decades is expected to be...

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 24, 2019 file photo, U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham testifies before the House Oversight subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. With the start of the 2020 census just a month away for most U.S. residents, Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham is going to Capitol Hill Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 to update lawmakers about the agency's readiness for the federal government’s largest peacetime operation.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Report: Census Bureau at risk of not being ready for count

Feb. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EST

With the start of the 2020 census just a month away for most U.S. residents, the U.S. Census Bureau is behind in recruiting workers and establishing partnerships with civic groups, and it is at risk of missing some informational technology testing goals, according to a report released Wednesday. While the...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders in Anchorage, Alaska. With six weeks to go until most U.S. residents start filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire, an Inspector General’s report says the Census Bureau hasn’t tested a new process designed to help catch people who lie on their forms. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, FIle)

New Twitter tool links users to accurate census information

Feb. 11, 2020 6:45 PM EST

Twitter has rolled out a new tool to help users find accurate information about this year's U.S. Census. People who search for census-related terms will automatically see a link to the federal government's census website, which contains information about participating in the census, what information is collected...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. A prominent Latino organization said Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau needs to explicitly communicate there will be no citizenship question ahead of the 2020 count, or risk undercounting minority groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Latino group say Census must dispel doubts on citizenship

Feb. 10, 2020 4:41 PM EST

A prominent Latino organization said Monday the U.S. Census Bureau needs to explicitly communicate there will be no citizenship question ahead of the 2020 count __ or risk undercounting minority groups. Arturo Vargas, CEO of the NALEO Education Fund, said the effort by the Trump administration to include the...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell arrives to testify before the Congress Joint Economic Committee, on the economic outlook, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  About a year ago, Federal Reserve policymakers were nervous. The financial markets were cratering and worries about a trade war abounded, yet the Fed couldn't gauge the economic impact.  Fed policymakers turned to a backup: Consumer spending figures that the Fed had purchased from First Data, a card payment company. That data showed only a small decline in spending in December, followed by a solid gain in January. The Fed's experience provides a tantalizing glimpse of how technology could improve the way government officials track the economy. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

How's the economy? Fed increasingly turns to private data

Feb. 5, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a year ago, Federal Reserve officials were nervous. Markets were cratering. Fear about a trade war was rising. The officials needed to know if the turmoil was chilling consumer spending. Problem was, a partial shutdown of the government had halted the release of most economic data....

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders in Anchorage, Alaska. With six weeks to go until most U.S. residents start filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire, an Inspector General’s report says the Census Bureau hasn’t tested a new process designed to help catch people who lie on their forms. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, FIle)

Report: Census hasn't tested tasks to catch false answers

Feb. 3, 2020 2:42 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With six weeks to go until most U.S. residents start filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire, an Inspector General’s report says the Census Bureau hasn’t tested a new process designed to help catch false answers. The Inspector General's report released last week...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 photo, Leon Hayner, an associate dean of students at Rollins College looks over requests from the U.S. Census Bureau in Winter Park, Fla. Because of the federal privacy law, university administrators, if called upon, won't be able to disclose students' sex, race or Hispanic origin on the 2020 Census form. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Confusion over what data schools can provide for 2020 Census

Feb. 2, 2020 4:58 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau this week starts its process of counting students living in college-run housing, but there's confusion over what demographic information university officials can share with the agency. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education said in a memo to schools that...

Census relying on social media, advocates to stop bad info

Jan. 30, 2020 4:18 PM EST

The U.S. Census Bureau is relying on outside help from social media companies, advocacy groups and other government agencies to halt campaigns that try to discourage people from participating in the once-a-decade head count through the spread of false information, officials said Thursday. Because the decennial...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2000 file photo, U.S. Census Bureau director Kenneth Prewitt, seated, gets a dog sled ride into town by Harold Johnson after arriving for the first count in the Eskimo village of Unalakleet, Alaska. The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in a remote town of Alaska. To mark the occasion, The Associated Press is republishing an article from 20 years ago, when the census began in the village of Unalakleet. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

AP Was There: Census 2000 gets warm welcome in snowy Alaska

Jan. 21, 2020 4:47 PM EST

America’s decennial census begins Tuesday in rural Alaska, as it has out of tradition and necessity since the U.S. bought the territory from Russia in 1867. The Census Bureau starts the tally in Alaska more than two months before the rest of the nation so it can reach residents in remote villages before...