Lobbying by MR industry body the Insights Association has helped secure an increase in Census Bureau 2018 funding to $2.8bn - which is $1.3bn above the 2017 level.
The Insights Association advocated throughout the appropriations process to improve the Census funding situation, working in co-operation with the Census Project coalition. Omnibus appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2018 passed the House earlier this week and should pass the Senate shortly.
The new funding figure is $1.1bn above the White House's adjusted request ($1.6bn) and nearly $1bn more than the $1.8bn originally requested. Of the 2018 figure, $2.5bn is for the Periodic Censuses and Programs account (including the 2020 Census, American Community Survey (ACS), and Economic Census), and $270m is for the Current Surveys and Programs account. The budget also includes contingency funding to tackle any IT and technical problems in decennial preparation as they arise over the year.
Insights Association VP, Advocacy Howard Fienberg comments: 'Congress is finally taking the decennial Census seriously. This final FY18 funding amount is a huge win and we deeply appreciate the support shown by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. We only get one shot per decade to accurately count every American. The trickle-down impact of an inaccurate 2020 Census would be severe - and last the whole decade. With time running short, we must ensure a fair and accurate decennial headcount'.
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