tv U.S. Census Bureau News Conference CSPAN April 8, 2019 1:51am-3:24am EDT
watch the senate on c-span 2 and you can see both on c-span.org and listen on c-span's free radio app. now census bureau director and other officials on the current status of the agency's operations and preparations for the 2020 census. the supreme court will hear oral arbgt in the case questioning the census form. his runs 90 minutes. > hello, everyone. hello, everyone. great. thank you for joining us this morning. we have an exciting day ahead of us and we're looking forward to sharing with you all of the work that we have done getting prepared for the 2020 census. to do you'll hear from our
director steven dillingham. our associate director for field operations and we're very excited that we have three of our national partners join us to talk about their efforts to complete the 2020 count across the country and to complete an accurate count across the country for the 2020 census. but first, we would lick to kick off the program with a video about the importance of the 2020 ensus. >> to one girl in a small town, an architect in a major city and a suburb an high school coach face the future of the united states? yes, they can because every ten years this and this gives us the ower you can shape your future by responding to the 2020 census.
where do we need to go to make your life easier? the 2020's in this will inform and shape of billions of dollars will be shaping communities like yours each year and in 2020, you can respond to the census online, by phone or by mail. it's easy, safe and important. make sure you and everyone you know is counted. now is time for you to get involved. your community needs you. together we can educate, inspire and make sure every voice is heard. together, we can shape our uture. [applause] >> i hope that got you excited. it gets me excited. i would like now to introduce
our director, dr. stephen dillingham. doctor dillingham is the 25th census bureau director. he has 25 years of statistical research and senior management and experience with the federal government. please join me in welcoming doctor dillingham. [applause] >> well, good morning, everyone. i want to welcome you all. this is a very special and exciting day. we are so pleased to have you here and others viewing and listening by television and radio and other means. today we are celebrating the 2020 census one one-year kickoff events with the media and with our dedicated partners. there are three important days we experiencing every decade one is the announcement of the census kickoff reminding people across the nation that the census is coming. second, we celebrate official
census date which next year will be april 1, 2020 and we announce that it's here and it's underway. third, upon successfully completing the count, we follow the constitutional mandate and a tradition that began in 1790 announcing the results of the population count. in fact about a decade ago, such an event was held in this very room announcing the count for the 2010 census. we verified more than 308 million people were then living in the united states. today a year out from the official census day, we couldn't be more excited. the reason being that we are on mission, on schedule, on budget, on message and on course to complete the biggest and best census ever. our mission is to count everyone living in the united states.
once, only once and in the right way. with your help and the support of our many partners and stakeholders we are confident that we will accomplish this mission with flying colors. we are so pleased to have our media partners with us today. you play such an essential role in sharing information and updating people across the nation and the many communities that have an interest in the census and an interest in the well-being of their communities and quality of life in which they live. you inform them how to be counted and why it's so important and help to communicate the importance to individuals, families and friends, communities, businesses, government at all levels local, state and federal. we have a discussion today on the 2020 preparations in progress. we also have representatives from the national and local partners whose numbers increase daily. national partners include
well-known and diverse public service associations, nonprofit associations and businesses. today you will hear from the american library association, you will hear from the anti-foundation and for the chickasaw nation they will address the importance of the census to them and their ommunities and the chickasaw nation, the governor will discuss the importance of the american indian and tribal community outreach efforts. we now have many partnerships in place across the nation. they dedicated and they are energized. for example in the neighboring state of virginia today, the statewide complete count commission is holding several public and press events. the deputy director is not with us because he's in california attending similar events in that state. excitement is in the air and
growing daily. professional and civic organizations and others is as large and small are spreading the message. it's important everyone responds to the census, and it's so easy to do. partnerships are making a difference. e have many partners actively engaged in spreading the word and helping us reach the hard to count populations. we are proud of the range of diverse and dedicated count groups. we have educational initiatives such as statistics in schools with special outreach into the schools and education ommunities around the country. state and local complete count committees are increasing. complete count commissions have been formed in almost every state. we also have many more state local tribal and community complete count committees than ever before. now it's 1600. these and other efforts began long before today's partnership campaign kickoff. today you will learn more from the census officials and our partners working together to ensure a complete and accurate count of people residing in the nation.
hat is the current status of the 2020 census operations? we are on budget and on schedule as i mentioned and will be discussing these topics with congress tomorrow. we thank the congress and administration for their support when it comes to the census there is strong bipartisan support at all levels of government, federal state and local. as the leaders of the census operations on stage today can attest we are increasingly confident of success for many reasons including the dramatic improvements and innovations that we have in place and that are being implemented as we speak. examples of improvements and innovations include better echnologies and improved processing for canvassing neighborhoods to help us develop complete address listings for new options for responding, by internet, phone or paper. more language assistance than ever before.
expanded and efficient customer assistance phone centers, more partners and specialists to reach the populations, sophisticated and greatly expanded media campaigns with new ways to reach people in communities including the hard the new and better i.t. safeguards and privacy protections to ensure confidentiality is not compromised. this is very good news and we appreciate all of you and others for what you are doing to support the 2020 census. very importantly we appreciate your efforts in sharing a message across america that you just witnessed in our video clip, the 2020 census is easy, secure, and important. it's easy because for the first time you can answer online, by phone, or on paper at the traditional way. this creates new efficiencies, relieve burdens, and reassure people that assistance is but a
phone call away and we all carry these phones. i can answer the census with one and get information with the other on how to complete the census, so i don't think we have a shortage of phones. complete the census, so i don't think we have a shortage of phones. that's one of the options and certainly the internet can be accessed in that's one of the options, and certainly the internet can be accessed in many different ways and places. but if you don't have internet access and you decide not to use your phone, you can certainly do it the old-fashioned way, the way that still works and that is on paper. on paper. it's secure as i described are using the latesweare using the t technologies and practices to protect data confidentiality and strong federal laws apply. but it's probably the message we really want to emphasize is how important it is. we need to remind everyone to recognize the importance of collecting a complete account which was realized soon after we became a nation the importance
of the census data has increased ever since. we now live in an information age where accurate data improves quality of our lives and supports our thriving economy. the census contributes to what we know about the nation and its people. since this data is used directly and indirectly on a daily basis by the communities and the governments of all levels, by the businesses and by the people across the country in making critical decisions and making investments. recently with bipartisan support, the congress passed and the president signed legislation that recognizes the importance of accurate data and decision ad decision-making. the census does just that. it is a foundation of analysis, decisions, policies, practices and innovations across the nation. for example, the federal government uses the data allocating more than
$675 billion annually. census data is also used by state and local governments, communities and businesses in deciding needs and resources for schools, health systems, social services, infrastructure, safety and business and economic competitiveness. these decisions impact our lives, the well-being of our people and the future of the nation. i am so pleased that we have the support of our many valued partners committed to this mission, the partnership list grows daily and partner outreach is expanding. if you represent the trusted voices yoa trustedvoices you ary positioned to share and reinforce a concise vital message that the 2020 census is easy, secure and important. you can reinforce a the understanding of how the responses are a means for shaping the future including the future of all who respond and their families and friends,
communities, organizations, businesses of all levels and the nation at large. for me there is no greater urgency or higher calling than contributing to this vital public service. let's join together and reinforce the message to all people and communities when assistance begins you can help shape your future and you can do it quickly, easily and secure by answering and submitting your 2020 census questionnaire. thank you for your help and support, special thanks for all who could be here today, those who followed the events from afar and those responsible for making it happen including the department of commerce leadership and colleagues, congressional and agency staff and the speakers and perhaps most importantly our valued partners and supporters. i would now like to introduce the talented and dedicated leader of the 2020 census effort
associate director alfonso now delete -- al fontanelle. [applause] >> thank you doctor dillingham. good morning. i'm excited to be here with you this morning to kick off our one-year event prayer to census day april 1, 2020. the 2020 census is a massive undertaking with hard work, dedication and mission focus of the census bureau staff, contractors and external partners we will be introducing new technologies, new methods and new processes all designed to make the census easy, safe and secure and enable us to fulfill our important constitutional mandate to get a complete and accurate count of the population of the united states. we've been measuring and monitoring our progress and
refining our system design through a series of tests down through the decade culminating our 2018 tests in providence rhode island we completed the infield portion in august, 2018 and this past friday we delivered the redistricting datafile prototype to all 50 states, dc and puerto rico as a part of a final 2018 census test requirement. this milestone marks the successful completion of the 2018 census test. the big take away is that all of our systems deployed and integrated effectively. in our test real people were able to effectively use the technology in a real world conditions. respondents rate but to effectiy navigate and use internet response applications and the
census questionnaire assistance staff was able to respond to telephone requests for help filling out the census online or in paper with languages other than english and report to census data from those who wanted to provide the census information over the telephone. we have been able to do in prior census managing the paper, mail out, mail back and we were able to do that during the test we were able to mail out forms, receive and process paper questionnaires. more than half of all the households on the test 52.3% responded on their own. without the motivation of an advertising campaign. this number surpassed the goal by three percentage points. in 2020 we will have the strongest paid advertising campaign in the census history in which we will employ traditional media and use real-time optimization café
optimization the 12th help us focus and target using social into digital media to help direct our efforts and also to help increase our partnership to focus on areas in which they are most needed help increase response rates. this will help to maximize the south response. the test results showed we were able to successfully implement a number of innovations including route optimization, automation of assignments, transmission of casework and other system processes that increase efficiencies and helped us achieve an average productivity increase of over 50% compared to 2010. we are taking the lessons learned during the test and incorporating and refining them as we transition from our planning and preparation phase and move into execution. currently we are working to
ensure all of the systems can scale up and perform effectively to handle the load of work that we expect for the 2020 census and we are working with government private sector cyber security experts to ensure they are building the most state-of-the-art protections against cyber hacking, cyber intrusion and other cyber crimes to ensure all the data that we collect remains secure. in august of thi this here justr months from now, we will begin our infield address canvassing operation. this is the first infield operation for the 2020 census. as tim olson will address in a few moments we are well underway with the recruiting and hiring efforts for these hiring operations. additionally, 37 of the 39 areas of support early operations are ready for business and the remaining will be ready within days. the full complement of the local census offices which will support the peak operations next
year will begin opening in june of this year. with a talk for a few minutes about how responding to this filththeeasier than it's ever bn before. in 2020 we are providing three modes of response so everyone will be able to respond the way they prefer, through the internet, over the phone or by returning a paper questionnaire. while we are emphasizing internet response because it is quicker and easier for the respondents, for us we recognize not everyone has access to the internet, not everyone has access to a computer and some who do have access may not want to use the internet to respond. everyone wants to do their 2020 census on paper will have the opportunity to send in a paper questionnaire just like they did in 2010. during the week of march 12, 2020 we will send invitations to
participate in the first failing some people will get an invitation to go out to the internet and enter their census information into the online map. others living in areas with little internet connectivity and those that are less likely to use the internet while receiving paper questionnaire in the first failing in addition to their invitation to participate online or by phone. on the fourth mailing which will begin a few days after substance they everyone that hasn't responded to the census and one of these modes will receive a reminder letter which will contain a paper questionnaire. to put it simply, everyone will have a chance to respond to the census the way they choose to respond, online, on the phone or on paper. this gives another advantage for the first time people will be able to respond without giving an authentication number that we have provided to them. we call this long it processing but it might be better to think
of it as real-time it processing. this is huge for us. it means people can respond anywhere, anytime using their smart phones, tablets, computers with or without the information that was sent to them and mail package. it also means our partners will be able to encourage people to respond right when they are talking to them. in the past people find the paper form, the questionnaire we mailed them someplace.com, not sure where they put it, but now they can respond the minute they are encouraged to do so. imagine holding a response to the census event at a conference, sports stadium, church, synagogue or mosque. people can respond right then and right there. we haven't been able to respond to go do this before and we encourage people to act while it is on their mind. another weightier making it easy to respond to summer use of language services.
through the internet and over the telephone, it will make it possible for people to respond and 12 non- english languages. these 12 non-english languages cover 87% of households in america that do not speak english well. additionally, we will be providing support materials and 59 other languages which takes the percentage to over 99%. we will also provide templates for rails to help leaders, part or is it those who support the communities and speak other languages or dialects to develop and ensure that those people also can answer the census. finally, to be sure that we count every one wants, only once and in the right place, we have several operations tailored to people living in special situations. it's designed for people who live or stay in a group living arrangement such as university student housing, residential treatment facilities, group homes in the prisons and other
correctional facilities. we will conduct a special operation that enables us to reach out and count people without conventional housing or people experiencing homelessness by enumerating them at the places where they receive services or at pre- identified outdoor locations. people worked closely with our community partners and advocacy organizations to build a location list of missions, shelters, soup kitchens, emergency transitional shelters and outdoor locations for people experiencing homeles homelessnes congregate. in a related operation we will focus on people that are highly mobile but do not have a home elsewhere these include campgrounds, rv parks, motels, marinas. special operations for the military including those stationed are deployed overseas as well as federal employees
stationed overseas. one of the most undercounted groups has been young children and to counter that we are mounting a major initiative to remind parents and guardians young children are the future and they count and to remind them to be sure to list their children on the census form. as you can see we are making extensive preparations for the 2020 census, but we can't do it by ourselves. we need you to step up and be part of the effort to be sure everyone is counted. with our commitment i'm confident we are on track to reach our goal of counting every one wants come only once an, one right place. but it's not just up to us, it is up to every one. you have the power to shape your future starting with the 2020 census. now i would like to introduce the man that has the responsibility of managing
500,000 plus temporary employees and all of the field offices and remote operations, my good friend or associate director for the field operations tim olson. [applause] thank you so much. that's quite the introduction. all 500,000 report directly to me. [laughter] i'm getting within the field structure of the bureau we literally have thousands of managers and supervisors. these are not part of my prepared remarks but they are fantastic, amazing people, and a shout out to them that are listening to this presentation this morning. so, welcome. and a warm hello to everyone in this room and those listening from a distance. and thank you for your commitment to an accurate census in 2020.
both census 2020 is one year away, it feels like it is tomorrow. we are already active on the ground with thousands of employees, many thousands of active partnerships, and a physical it infrastructure functioning right now that will permit us to conduct an accurate and successful count in 2020. today i will brief you on three very important areas of the census, recruiting, partnerships and at the important role of our census field infrastructure. .. 50000 field jobs to conduct a first major field operation later this summer in field average canvassing.
i'm happy to report today that we are more than two months ahead of schedule with recruiting applicants and we have recruited more than 230,000 applicants that will be considered for the 50000 jobs later this summer. and it's not too late to apply and be considered for the important job and for the first time and said this history we are recruiting for field positions of an online and secured website at field. for every single applicant to spend three hours and upon third sentences with a paper job application in a census job. all that bundled up and
hand-delivered to a census office and keyed into census personnel systems by other temporary sack. this time it is so much easier. the online application process takes less than 30 minutes. it is extremely simple to complete. though the economy is that historic period with low unemployment we are consciously optimistic that the early recruiting results will go well when we begin the recruiting phase later this fall and we seek an additional 250 million job applicants to fill more than 500,000 temporary census jobs to conduct avi activities in the sg of 2020. again, applying for a temporary census job is really simple. it is also safe. go to 2020 census.gov/jobs for more information and begin the process of the cat part of the
nation's history 2020. pay rates range from 1350 to $30. hour depending on where you live. they are reimbursed for official mileage and receive all of the equipment and training needed for the job. second, let me talk about partnership. our connection with thousands of organizations that support the 2020 sentences in their local communities. for the 2020 census we are hiring 1500 partnership specialists to enlist more than 300,000 organizations to serve as census partners and this is nearly double the number of professional partnership hired during the last census in 2010. right now, more than 700 partnership staff have been hired and we expect to reach the full staffing level of 1500 by this july. many partnership staff are bilingual and all our experienced and professional
community engagement expert and to apply for these positions simply go to usa jobs.gov and search for census partnership specialist to be considered for these important positions. as i said a moment ago, our goal is to generate active partnerships with more than 300,000 organizations during the 2020 census. right now as this program is ripping up more than 9000 organizations have already signed on as census partners in the list grows every single day. partners include organizations representing all levels of our nation society including national organizations, state, local and tribal governments. community and neighborhood associations, business groups, school educators, faith-based organizations, healthcare providers, and groups that exist
to serve local residents and advocate on their behalf. partners urge participation in the sentenc sentences and trusts in their communities further motivated populations to be included in the census. too many partners in this room, and those listening to this event from afar i want to thank you for your commitment and passion to your communities and i especially thank you for all you are doing for the 2020 census represents everyone who lives in our communities. one very tangible activity the partners do is form local complete count committees and these committees are formed by census partners and they seek to make sure everyone in the community is counted to the 2020 census. at this moment, one year before census day 202046 states have formed complete count committees
including puerto rico and the district of columbia. in addition, more than 1600 local and tribal committees have been poured throughout the nation. display behind me is a national map and this shows were complete count committees have already been formed as of today. and very much like early recruiting success more people apply for census jobs every single day this list of complete committees and it literally grows every single week. if you are interested in forming or joining a complete committee in your area please contact the census bureau census center for your area and they will connect you with existing committees or guide you to resources so you can form your own committee. our census staff also provides training and technical assistance throughout the formation stage.
finally let me discuss our field infrastructure in the thousands of people involved that make this happen. six regional census centers open more than one year ago in the spring of 2018. new york city, philadelphia, atlanta, chicago, dallas and los angeles. these offices neared our office structure of ongoing surveys deducted by the census bureau got the decade after decade such as dozens of other surveys that occur every single day of every year at the decade. but for the decennial census because it is so big and so important it is enshrined as the united states constitution, we establish separate and focused regional census centers that are stood up as senior management house to ensure all activities are conducted on time and
accurately within their assigned states. each rcc includes approximately 600 professional support staff working either in the office or from their homes and locations away from the rcc city. at the more local level, we have started opening 248 area census officer at the nation to conduct recruiting and field operations. i am pleased to announce today that leases for each of these temporary offices plan for 2020 are now in place in each office is in the process of being designed and built out to conduct census throughout the nation. as he mentioned a minute ago, 39 of these areas to open earlier than the rest. they are now actively functioning with the management
team and support staff to conduct our first field operation that takes place this august and september. the rest of the area sense of offices will be in the business as of late summer of 2019. to conduct peak census operations during the spring and summer of 2020. there are three other really important field and the structure elements i want to highlight today. first, past spring we opened the in jeffersonville indiana. we are in the final stages of building out to paper data capture centers that will process paper census questionnaires returned by an estimated 40 million households during the census. the paper data center east is
colocated with the logistics center in jefferson indiana. in the paper data west is located in phoenix, arizona. these three facilities comprised of 400,000 square feet of leased space during the census will hire more than 3000 temporary staff to conduct the important functions of the 2020 census starting this fall. in closing, let me state unequivocally that we are well on our way to conducting the 2020 census. it has already begun. nearly a quarter million people have already applied for to free census jobs. more than 9000 organizations have already signed on as census partners in our field infrastructure includes thousands of census managers and support staff are well on their way to being ready to conduct the 2020 census. this is an exciting time. and i thank you for being part of counting the nation's population in 2020. a national event that serves as a foundation of our nation's
democracy. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. and now i would like to introduce some very special guests that we have been mentioning today. we have with us partners in addition to the people in the room and those that are watching on the webcast. we have bill, he served as the governor of our nation as well since 1987 he has worked goals of economic and development and self-sufficiency. also we have lisa hamilton she is the president and ceo of an ee casey foundation she's a leader with a deep understanding of the needs of kids and families. and then we have laura she is
the president of the american library association. ms. garcia has previous experience as a school library in puerto rico and queens, new york. please join me in welcoming. [applause] >> thank you very much. that is music to my hears. he actually pronounce my name the way that it's pronounced. so is very good. thank you very much. good morning, everybody. isn't it a wonderful day today. every day is a wonderful day. and i appreciate the opportunity and invitation to speak today. and it's important to know that the press is interested in this
and because you play a very important role and i think we heard this morning that the census is essential to governmental operations and the allocation of funding. funding that determines available money for things like transportation infrastructure, mass transit, housing, emergency services, for these reasons, and others is vital that we conduct an accurate census. so it is very important that we all be involved in the gathering of this important information. some cases there has been an undercounting of certain populations. and as native americans we have
had a long-term issue that affects us in the 2010 census native americans were undercounted at about fou 4.9% . more than double the next closest population group. a lot of reasons for this undercounting and it includes a number of logistical obstacles. recording to the 2010 census roughly 26% of native americans live in hard to count census tracts. for instance, some reservations are in remote locations. it's pretty difficult to access. so i heard this this morning about the access and the ability to utilize more than the paper count used telephone and internet. i see that could obviously
improve the count. and some of the reservations you don't have street names. you don't have convenient ways to identify the households. and almost one quarter of native american population across united states live in poverty. and lack of permanent housing as well as a prevalence of shared housing makes it really difficult to ensure that all these families are counted in accurate counting of native americans is particularly important because of the government that tribes have with the federal government. we rely and you hear about these things so sometimes they're not really aware but the federal government has a treaty to
provide certain services, education is one. healthcare, housing and other services to native americans. and being able to outline the details of these responsibilities that we just mentioned. there is a great deal on native american nations that we can reach our citizens and encourage them to participate so it's important that we as tribes step up and become partners. so the chickasaw nation has conformed account committee for this purpose. we have launched an awareness campaign that includes an
advertising campaign in both tribal and local outlets and direct mail pieces to reach its citizens and employees at their homes encouraging them to participate. we have a heavy online of social media presence and informational booths at kiosks and facilities and events throughout the year. we encourage ho all nations to institute their own initiatives to encourage their citizens to participate in form their own complete count committee for the 2020 census. every tribe can form a complete count committee. travel leaders can reach out to citizens and constituents explaining the importance of the census and encouraging participation. by participating we speak for the generations of people that precede us for those yet to
come. the funding that results from our participation will help us continue to build a bright future for our people. who do our part to ensure every native american is counted in 2020. this is your census and this is our senses, we all need to work to ensure its accuracy and i believe the keyword here is engaged. thank you very much. [applause] >> good morning. it is great to be with all of you to celebrate census day and
to be with her colleagues to talk about how we can ensure an accurate count in 2020. you've heard a lot about the importance of supporting the 2020 u.s. census and i like to share what my organization does to advocate for an accurate counting and why we believe the 2020 census matters to all of us as a nation. it is to ensure a bright future for all of america's children, families and communities. we are committed to using data to guide our decisions and we do a lot to encourage our partners and decision-makers at every level to use data to inform their decisions as well. for the wealth of data that the census provides is vital to both of those commitments. our signature location relies heavily on census data. it provides data of her children
and families are buried across the country. we use the data and countless other ways to inform our work, that are at the heart of our religion. it helps was gain insight into what is working and for him. we are far from the only organization that relies on this data. our mission is not the only one that depends on having consistent and trustworthy statistics. an annual accurate system is essential for anyone to get a reliable picture of child, family and community well-being across the country. it is also essential to the millions of young people and families whose well-being and opportunities and life are often bolstered by public program. fifty-five federal programs and hundreds of billions of dollars each year are based on census driven statistics.
that includes for education, school lunches, test start, and children's health insurance programs just to name a few. we cannot afford a decade of underfunding for programs and services that we know millions of americans and particularly american children need to have stabilized. in neither programs to survive. so an accurate 2020 census will undermine the ability to develop effective policy programs so we know no use of kids and families and communities will need for years to come. an accurate census also threatens to meet the voices of under challenge groups and jeopardize the most fundamental in our democracy. by holding political power in people who are underrepresented.
this includes communities of color, children and families in rural communities and reservation. as well as immigrant and low income individuals and families. the 2010 census missed more than 2 million kids under the age of five. that is 10% of all your children. if we don't act the 2020 census commits even more them. many of the kids of cuddler or low income families. about four and half million young people live in neighborhoods that are at high risk of being unaccounted. this matters even more as we headed to the next year. children are expected to represent the majority of america's children. we want to make sure that we count children of all races and from all backgrounds and all types of communities. they are essential to help us build america's future. all people including children have the right to be counted and represented in our democracy. it is not just the right thing to do, it's what the constitution asked of us.
with the foundation with many of our peers have reported various efforts to help ensure the right for everyone. we advocate for children and families who are often relegated to the shadows. but the sense is one year underway it is time to focus. we have offered to play in engaging people on every community whether rural, urban, suburban, mormon, so we all understand the importance of participation. schools, churches and professional and volunteer organizations can get involved in row count committees. they can help start one if the community does not have one already. we need child focused organizations on every committee to make sure the young kids are not missed in this count. by working with the committees and hearing the outreach for communities that we know are left out we can make sure that
every child, family member and neighborhood is counted. the census is about america. it tells us who we are as a country and our changing. it brings together millions of voices to help us tell our rich and complicated story. it shines a light on every corner of our nation. it shows us where the needs are and how best to meet them. since this is about people without people is actively supporting will happen. if we all do our part, we can help ensure the next chapter of america's story includes everyone's voice and is told in its richness and diversity in fairness and with accuracy. thank you. [applause]
good morning. whemy name is loida and i am the president of the american association. i am excited to be here today to talk about the work that libraries are doing to achieve a complete talent in the 2020 census. many people say that a librarian is like a humongous church engine. people from all walks of life come to libraries with questions. and we help them find answers. next year, when people begin to receive mail asking them to complete this we know that many of them will have questions about it. they may wonder, why should i fill this out if this letter is
a different or fake? do i have to respond online, libraries will be a trust resource with the information to answer these questions. we will be a free source of internet access for people who want to respond online. even if they don't have an internet connection at home. while the online option is new libraries commitment is not. in the 2010 census more than 6000 librarians hosted census bureau sites. we are committed to helping our communities achieve a complete town. library served everyone. and librarians believe that
everyone counts. [speaking in foreign language] we know that the census will have a tremendous impact of funding and representation for communities. we know that we have a tremendous opportunity to promote equity. because 99% of particular areas are located within 5 miles of the public library. libraries are in inner cities schools, hispanic survey colleges in remote tribal land. we serve young children and senior citizens alike.
so here are five ways that libraries will ponde partner wih their communities and the census bureau to promote a complete count. one, librarians are serving on state and local complete count committees. from montana to new york and georgia to california. libraries are hosting job fairs to help people in their communities get hired as census takers. and if they need a computer to complete the job application and training they can do that at the library. the libraries will provide location for census outreach activity. from distributing brochures to hosting programs with local officials. for people who want to complete this form online you can use computers at the library.
even after this thing is complete libraries will train data users to help them use census in their business and organization. i believe that strong libraries equal strong communities. we want our communities to know that they can count on libraries. to help achieve a complete count in 2020. we are proud to be working with the census bureau and other partners and thank you so much for the invitation to this important event. [applause]
>> thank you thank you to all of our speakers today. to stay connected and up-to-date to the work that we're doing on the 2020 census i invite everyone to follow census bureau on social media. you can find us on facebook, linkedin and youtube under the u.s. census bureau we are also on twitter, instagram at u.s. census bureau. i encourage you to sign up for e-mails and to stay tuned and updated rather with us at the public information at the census.gov. one other thing, our media vendor day for the 2020 census advertising campaign is this week in new york april 3. you can find more information at 2020 census.gov. i want to thank you all for being here and if you're the media we invite you to stay behind for cret quick media
availability but again i like to think the partners assured of today, on the stage, and the audience via the webcast. we think everybody and we hope you shake your future and start here with 2020 census. [applause] >> we will ask in regards to time if you speak into the mic, name affiliation, one question and one follow-up every time. >> thank you, i am going to open up with the most question which is if you had any reaction to president trump's tweet about the census this morning?
>> today we are very focused and were focused on making sure we have the complete and accurate count and i take were all very much engaged in so we really want to restrict your comments to talking about the great job were doing and where we are and how it will help the nation. >> thank you. >> hi, and with univision network. emma question if you could answer in english than spanish. we know, how quickly can you put in the question and take it out? [speaking in foreign language]
>> we have to complete the questionnaire by june 14 by paper or online and were compared for complete census and that what is our focus right now. >> just so that i didn't mention earlier, there's two additional people on the roster, maria, she's the program manager of the 2020 census program. and then we have kevin smith he is the chief information officer, associate director for information technology. >> go for it.
>> the 2020 budget request is a billion dollars short of what the secretary said in the fall of 2017. it is actually 2 billion short if you leave out $1 billion carryover. i wanted to know could you talk about what you and need to eliminate or reduce at that level or if you are expecting congress to be able to fill the gap and have the full amount sent the secretary said was needed. >> sure as you know will be discussing that any hearing tomorrow. but i assure you that we are on schedule and on budget. we have an independent cost estimate that was provided by career professionals that we are consistent with and we have identified no problem with
staying on budget and on time with conducting the senate. >> i just wanted to follow-up,. [inaudible] >> the president's request has ample funding that will provide a complete and accurate census. [inaudible] >> go ahead. >> frank, with the arkansas democrat. which chair is most likely to have over count in which the most likely to have undercount? >> when we look at areas of the undercount, there is a traditionally that their hard to count. areas with the ponder is of
renters, single people, language isolated, and people in the area are not fluent in english, a lot of your minority areas in immigrant areas where people have for your government does tend to be undercount. we focus heavily on them with a partnership program and the media to ensure we offset some of the fears that may exist in the communities. in terms of over count, it's one of the challenges sometimes overcomes. people who have vacation codes or spouse in public, or response that they put a response but we are processing that are post data collection processing to eliminate a lot of the double county. >> i am wondering, we talked over camp under camp, are they the same areas that are most likely to get forms in on time but not get them in on time?
>> i cannot really say, i'm not sure. >> are there any -- which areas tend to be areas that they don't get it on tight. >> a lot of the areas don't get the forms in on time and we ended up going out to knock on the door. those are your hardest account areas and we won't get a form until we come and visit. we are looking at a 60.5% self response rate for self response. in all the respond untrue work that we've done up to 2020. the remaining 39.5% is dependent upon her spending, out the door to the business and to collect the data. that is often many of our hearts count communities.
>> i went mtr news. have a question for doctor billingham with the question of administrative records and can i get any other officials to answer the question. requesting the mystery of records was part of the decision and memo that the option that was approved to including a citizenship question on the 2020 census. so about the administrative records of citizenship, what is the census to do with the records and what will they do with the request of records on citizenship if there is no citizens of question that is allowed. >> the use of administrative record and alternate over if you like to, later, but by law we are obligated, congress tells us we are to use administrative data that's available for purposes of supporting surveys in synthesis within the census bureau particularly within the census. so we collect administrative data, for example to verify addresses and also to verify accuracy the information we
receive. so we very much count on and rely upon administrative data from other agencies for purposes of verification ensure that we have a complete and accurate census. >> will you be using the everts to verify responses to a citizenship question if there is a question? >> the professionals at the census bureau will use information to verify in accordance with best practices. in all information, the administrative data that we get, we will carefully use it, protected and it will only be used for our purposes including an accurate and complete count. >> with my first question, what will the bureau do with the citizenship records if the supreme court decided it cannot be added to the 2020 census ?
>> will have to see what the court's position is. >> over here. >> so, my understanding is that not filling out the census form is a criminal offense. so if that is true, i would like to know how many people were charged and find doing the last census in 2010 and is one in compliance by filling out the number of people in the household as opposed to a transfer. can a resident meet the figure requirement in the constitutional requirement
minutes. , here's your form back? name. >> abdul on. >> the constitution requires intellect information as a decennial census. we do that in accordance with law. it is a civic and real legal responsibility for people to complete their census information. that being said, not all the information we get is necessarily accurate and as i mentioned sometimes we had to verify information. and we will process the information we receive when we have and can certify that it is in fact valid in the key areas for to be counted. and in the past we have had very excellent track record on that
for prosecution i say to my knowledge i'm unaware of prosecution in recent years but we will encourage in every way and we have elaborate procedures to ensure we get the best information possible. >> if i can, too, under the provision of the sub stack or title 13, congress as a secretary of commerce to dictate what questions can be asked is just a straight constitutional requirement and that's there and that's a basis for some of the additional questions you find in the census form. we are not a law enforcement agency, or a statistical agency and our role is to collect the best statistics and we find were most effective when we do that by soliciting cooperation of the citizen. so our focus is going to be the
benefits that accrue to the communities based on their participation in the census. so that's the way we will be approaching the requirements that participate in the censuses and you need to participate because it benefits your community and your neighborhoods. >> i'm asking is about question, if you're not the enforcement agency and somewhat does not fill out the census form for whatever reason, citizenship question, other people would say none of your business, what i'm asking is, what percentage, your checking all the data, why can't you tell us how many people percentage in the united states of america get find for criminally prosecuted for not filling out a census form? no one. >> all internet directly. as mentioned earlier, we are
bipartisan statistical agency and the enforcement of not responding to the census is nonanonymous. so i clearly state unless you know about 2002 now who is been fine no one. >> chase, for the 2020 census is relying on our technology than ever, and before begins what areas are trickiest and one of the biggest risk areas ? >> kevin smith, the trickiest in the aspect of today, all mentioned earlier, a lot of the technology has been proven and tested in the field with real people, real answers to.
which is great. the things we're working on now is testing out the final stages. we are using the best of what the cloud has to offer. technology and going to the final stages to make sure it will sustain in the capabilities and needs to for internet response as well as the other technology features we need. >> what sorts of things seem to be done to make sure the system is delivered on time and the billion dollar plus and the budget does that jeopardize. >> weaver detested the systems with the inside the clock to make sure they were possibly the worst parts of the system protected group. in the ability to make the system on skill. but right now testing it and scaling it what it would look like from the outside of the internet into the system. so we have a lot about taking care of from the standpoint of resiliency in the club.
and as mentioned before from the billion dollars in the budget, the thing we need for it are within the budget and we can work in the budget wherever we need to meet when it's been allocated. >> all had one thing. with all operations of the 2020 census as planned today and executed today is what's in the sculpt of the current budget submission. so the additions that you're talking about does not eliminate any activities, plans or things were currently planning for the census. for 2020. >> gentlemen in the back? >> thank you very much. can you give us an idea about the data that you have about how the census will treat people
coming from middle east and north africa? >> specifically how in most 20 other countries that people are muslim or christian living in those countries they are in the united states since late 18th century some of them. how the census going to deal with that category in 2020? do the people from colleges have the right not to be considered either white or non-hispanic or black or whatever although some of those are from north africa are black? so it doesn't make any sense and that would prevent many people from accepting to enter the census or avoiding the census.
what is the current data and how we treat in 2020 this issue? >> if i start, the census is basically self-declared by the individuals who respond. i declare in the sentence that i'm black i accept that. if i declare white, we accept that. we accept how the individual responded and reports himself. it's a self reporting but the second part we don't determine the racial or ethnic categories, the office of management and budget determines and for all government agents and were required by law to comply with their definitions of righ race d ethnicity. so people from the middle east may declare themselves white, they may declare themselves black, and they may declare themselves other,.
>> yes. >> thank you again. with all due respect, this will not clarify the real issue here. i hope whether there is data outside about muslim, maybe it's not sufficient, about christian, about jewish, american but there is no option for others, you need to go to the as the city or find a category, add category to the census that give the people, or arabs you need to add more categories to the census when you question people.
>> one small correction, we do not collect any information in the census on religion and muslim, jewish christian, we collect no data on people's religion. >> usa today. >> hi i have a question just to confirm, the question on the survey with that said, if there's decision by the supreme court are you prepared her wishes that and will it anyway impact the timing and preparation and separately, kitty, about the possibility of oversight tomorrow and offering a subpoena about giving one's information? >> i didn't hear the last part of the question. >> how are they doing a possible
vote tomorrow on the subpoena to get more documentation and information from the bureau? if you want to comment on that. >> i'm unaware and i can, on the first part, depending on the decision the supreme court makes on the citizenship question. we have film that will be prepared for the printer port either decision that they make and sell when the july 1 deadline comes for us we say run film a or run shall be. for either one it does not delay plans at all. from an electroni electronic sie a plan. it pulls it right out of the electronic version. we are totally ready and already budgeted and completed the work necessary to answer either way the decision comes down.
>> hi, from the wall street journal, just to clarify we heard different dates, are you saying on the form that is scheduled to happen on july 1 ? >> that is correct. the. day is july 1 and i visited with them that was the president of corporation to ensure the ready and is based on the time they need to go through all the printing cycles and labeling cycles necessary to print the number of forms that we need in july 1 is are targeted. it happens at the supreme court session ends the end of june and they are aware of the need for the response for an answer by the time. so we anticipate having an answer one way or another from the court which will enable us to move forward with our production process. >> thank you. >> hi this is simone from hbo, i
wanted to confirm if you guys are moving forward with the test that i believe is supposed be rolled out july 1 that would include citizenship question and if you have any confirms of that will could cause confusion with the people of the supreme court? >> right now we have a test which were calling 2019 test and it's a test that has a panel of 480,000 respondents intuited 40000 of the respondents received a question that does not have a synthesis of question intuited 40000 received a questionnaire that does. it's a non- field test so that means it's a self respond test only. and it will have an electronic mode, internet mode in a telephone mode in the paper responsible. we are using the data from the test to better plan and adjust
our options if we see strong variation in response and a version of the test that has a question and it first the one that does not that we use that to help planar staffing for our field staffing for later next year. that's the purpose of the test. too really plan out our staffing requirements. in that test is currently scheduled to go on. >> would it cause confusion if the supreme court says you can't. >> we already began mailing the questionnaire for the test and were getting people ready for the test. so that test started to move forward at this time. i have to have good information as early as possible in the cycle to enable us to react and respond to in terms of her staffing. >> going to the back, thank you. denise, washington, d.c.
simple question could really, just clarification. particularly inmates, who are incarcerated for places that are considered away from home. where are they counter? >> based on the census bureau's residence criteria inmates are counted for where they are on census day. that's for consistent in how we count all populations. you counter where your are said to stay. so if there in a prison that's further counted at the time. >> five minutes out. >> alex, national journal, pete question for the panel, what are you is the bureau is conducting outreach to native americans and tribal communities in the 2020
census and to help increase the response rate? >> thank you for the question, this decade we began tribal consultations two years earlier that lead up to 2010 and we conducted numerous consultations across the country with tribal leaders and what that has done in preparing them for 2020, they started earlier, forming a tribal of committees and beginning analyzing what are they going to do to get the word out that census is safe, simple and very important to the community and the other thing that we have done is we have a meeting with each individual travel government that has a land-based reservation we have met with them and asked them what type of numeration they
prefer for 2020. either the old-fashioned what we call update enumerate, numerator literally goes door-to-door and conducts the enumeration in person or if they prefer an update leave method which is where we will deliver questionnaire packages and with the questionnaire, and the household can self response or if they don't we can go back during that with this follow-up. for the third option, they want what the majority of the rest of the countries using which is the total self response option where we simply delivered through the mail the six millions that occur with all of the households and they have the self responding over the phone, online or if they don't, we will do that
during response follow-up. so we have heard from all of them and that has influenced the type of numeration area throughout the country. the other thing that is very different not only in the country but throughout the country in all communities, is the advent of social media. particularly in the communities where traditional communications by a newsletter, by paper, communications is very prissy, very expensive and what we found in the tribal consultations and other meetings with partners is because the media is something that they currently do with their constituents they are planing to magnify that to their
residence and their constituents. we heard that loud and clear during the tribal consultations. it's a big mechanism for them to reach out to the galatians. that's a very big difference than in the past census. >> if i may add something, the communications campaign also uses the tribal to focus on what the tribes wanted for the communications program and for the community we are preparing a strong campaign for tribal country and we are going to include everything you can imagine. and strong social media program et cetera. in our quality because to mention of what kind of
operation will be conducted over there in our media is going to be a little bit different in which we have to start early and it's really going to align within the operations. >> first questionnaire here,. >> jordan, how many leaders did you meet with because there are 533 and many more who are not recognized. so there's a huge gap there and also 326 reservations all over the country and there be a huge gap and wondering how many leaders you met with 600 plus governments? . . .
tribal organizations that the regional level to further invite tribal leaders to participate. we can give you the number of leaders that attended. i don't have it at the top of my head right now. just to ensure you that many of these consultations were conducted. we also did online webinar consultations for those who could not in person attend. occurredsultations only in the -- occurred not only
in the lower 48 but also in alaska. those consultations with conferences and so forth. very strong participation. >> our last question in the back. if you didn't get a second question or you have additional questions before this last question is asked, i would like for the staff to raise their hand. ahead and set something up. an international news agency. president trump said in a tweet that without the citizenship question, the census will be "meaningless." basically, i looked at the .uestions from the 2010 survey
in this increasingly digital age, it seems to me that the government knows answers to these questions through surveillance, social security numbers, things like that. i want to know, what new information does the census revealed that the government in this digital age doesn't already know about us? just, as the discussions here today and the presentations and the film, et cetera, the census data is so valuable, subjective core data that is used across the nation at all levels by all people in all communities. it is attached to economic data sometimes to help us understand and formulate decisions and policies with regards to impacts, services, et cetera, that deal with people across the nation and their communities and
businesses. if we really think about what we do, we collect numbers. we produce numbers. data is totally secure, the best technology is available for protected data, and we have policies going into place that are state-of-the-art, that have never been used before, that are additional layers of protection so that people cannot get individual level data. the confidentiality is in fact protected. what i can say is that we are in the data business and the numbers business, and america uses this data and these numbers for very important purposes. we will do everything possible. and we are totally confident
that this data confidentiality will be protected. >> on that note, we will go ahead and wrap. i want to show everyone -- i want to thank everyone for showing up today. if you have any questions, requests, raise your hand. thanks, everybody. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> at a sunday afternoon meeting with president trump at the white house, homeland security secretary kiersten nielsen submitted her regular -- her resignation. following the meeting, the president tweeted this message.
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