NBC News: Supreme Court allows Trump administration to end census count early

NBC News: Supreme Court allows Trump administration to end census count early. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively allowed the government to stop the census count immediately, blocking a lower court order that would have required the Trump administration to continue gathering census information in the field until the end of October.”

Phys .org: American Statistical Association releases 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urges prompt action

Phys .org: American Statistical Association releases 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urges prompt action. “The American Statistical Association Board of Directors has endorsed the recommendations of the 2020 Census Quality Indicators report, written by a task force of census experts to shed light on the quality, accuracy, and coverage of the 2020 Census counts. The task force, co-chaired by former US Chief Statistician Nancy Potok and ASA President-elect Robert Santos, was formed in early September in response to concerns about 2020 Census data quality, including the lack of transparency and measures of quality traditionally provided by the US Census Bureau.”

The Hill: Judge begins contempt proceedings for Wilbur Ross over allegedly defying census order

The Hill: Judge begins contempt proceedings for Wilbur Ross over allegedly defying census order. “U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, appointed by former President Obama, initiated contempt of court proceedings during a Tuesday hearing, accusing the Department of Commerce of disobeying her previous order, Bloomberg News reported. She set a hearing for the proceedings for Friday.”

NBC News: Commerce Secretary Ross says 2020 census will end Oct. 5 despite court order

NBC News: Commerce Secretary Ross says 2020 census will end Oct. 5 despite court order. “U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau’s website Monday. The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase when census takers go to homes that haven’t yet responded is targeted to end Oct. 5.”

CNN: Constitution doesn’t require census to be accurate, Trump administration says

CNN: Constitution doesn’t require census to be accurate, Trump administration says. “The Trump administration argued on Friday against a challenge to its 2020 census plans by saying the Constitution requires a count but does not say it must be accurate. ‘It cannot be the case that accuracy in and of itself establishes some sort of — is established in the enumeration clause’ of the Constitution, Justice Department attorney Alexander Sverdlov told a federal judge in California.”

Route Fifty: ‘Perfect Storm’ Threatens ‘Major Institutional Defeat’ for the Census, Top Watchdog Says

Route Fifty: ‘Perfect Storm’ Threatens ‘Major Institutional Defeat’ for the Census, Top Watchdog Says. “A confluence of factors are threatening a ‘major institutional defeat’ as the Census Bureau begins to wrap up its decennial count, according to a government watchdog, with the risks being exacerbated by the Trump administration’s compressed schedule to deliver results.”

CNN: Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

CNN: Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected. “It’s a sign that the Trump administration has abandoned its plan to extend the window for counting the nation’s population, which it earlier said needed to be longer because of the coronavirus pandemic. To be counted, households must complete the survey by September 30, rather than October 31, as the Census Bureau had announced when it adjusted plans due to the virus. The bureau will also end its labor-intensive efforts to knock on the doors of households that have not filled out the survey online, by paper form, or by phone.”

Census Bureau: Interactive Dashboards, Maps, Indicators Provide Demographic and Economic Data During COVID-19

Census Bureau: Interactive Dashboards, Maps, Indicators Provide Demographic and Economic Data During COVID-19. “The U.S. Census Bureau has launched a new tool — dubbed the Census COVID-19 Hub — designed to help guide the nation as it begins recovery efforts from the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic by providing economic and demographic data.”

American FactFinder Officially Retired: Data.census.gov Now Primary Data Tool (Census .gov)

Census .gov: American FactFinder Officially Retired: Data.census.gov Now Primary Data Tool. “Today the U.S. Census Bureau retired American FactFinder (AFF), the primary dissemination tool on census.gov for the past 20 years. Beginning in June of 2019, the Census Bureau stopped releasing new data in AFF, and transitioned to data.census.gov for data releases formerly on AFF. Data.census.gov represents a new chapter in the Census Bureau’s dissemination approach by centralizing data access and allowing for a more rapid response to customers.”

StarTribune: Census relying on social media, advocates to stop bad info

StarTribune: Census relying on social media, advocates to stop bad info. “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.”

Government Technology: U.S. Census Bureau Rolls Out Innovation Tools for 2020 Count

Government Technology: U.S. Census Bureau Rolls Out Innovation Tools for 2020 Count. “With next year’s first-ever heavily digital U.S. Census fast approaching, the Census Bureau has now rolled out a series of new projects, tools and collaborative programs aimed at helping to ensure an accurate count of residents. The Census Bureau held a Demo Day for these new initiatives Dec. 10 at its headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. The assets unveiled there were wide-ranging, and, perhaps most importantly for communities, many of them were designed to bolster work already being done to support the Census by stakeholders at the local level.”

‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation (AP)

AP: ‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation. “Worried about internet trolls and foreign powers spreading false news, census officials are preparing to battle misinformation campaigns for the first time in the count’s 230-year history. The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.”

Federal News Network: Census Bureau stands up ‘fusion center’ to combat misinformation during 2020 count

Federal News Network: Census Bureau stands up ‘fusion center’ to combat misinformation during 2020 count. “The Census Bureau has stood up a ‘fusion center’ to monitor social media for misinformation during the 2020 count and has doubled down on its resilience planning in the final months of preparation.”

Route Fifty: Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

Route Fifty: Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count. “The first sizable field operation of the 2020 census is getting underway, with the U.S. Census Bureau planning to dispatch about 40,000 workers to help verify and update a master list of addresses the agency will use when it begins to actually conduct the population count.”

CNET: Census Bureau turns to Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news, says report

CNET: Census Bureau turns to Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news, says report. “To try to fend off disinformation that could taint the 2020 US census, the Census Bureau reportedly is enlisting help from companies that have lots of experience with fake news: Facebook, Google and Twitter.”