As the former Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney knows the importance of the census and other federal data programs. She fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate, and is working to ensure the 2020 census will be as well. The importance of accurate data cannot be minimized. Decennial census data is used to ensure fair representation and the fair distribution of federal funds.  In addition, Congresswoman Maloney is working to defend the American Community Survey and Economic Census and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which are among the most detailed and important surveys used by the public and private sectors.

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  • Preserved the SIPP during the Bush administration to ensure fair and thorough census data gathering: Congresswoman Maloney and her fellow colleagues, along with more than 440 social scientists, successfully urged the Bush administration to abandon its plans to eradicate the SIPP in 2007.

  • Former ranking member on Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census: As the former ranking member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate.

  • Cofounder and Chair of the Census Caucus: Congresswoman Maloney believes Congress needs to play an active role in maintaining accurate data collection for the national censuses. That is why she was a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Census Caucus.


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More on Census

Dec 6, 2005 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Government Reform Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census held a hearing on a constitutional amendment to remove non-citizen residents from the Census count. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) acted as the ranking Democrat and made the following statement in opposition to the amendment:

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. I appreciate your fairness in handling this hearing, and I always enjoy working with you. I wish Census Director Kincannon could have been here to discuss this proposed change to the way his agency does business.

Dec 28, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Census Bureau still is not fully capable of assessing the quality of its data, despite some progress since the 2000 Census, according to the Government Accountability Office (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0586.pdf). Four years ago questions arose about the ability of the Bureau to determine the data’s quality. The new GAO report says that standards were never in place to assess the quality in 2000. Furthermore, the report states that while limited improvements and standards have been implemented since then, the Bureau must accelerate its efforts to review data quality and implement new standards in time for the 2010 Census.

Sep 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Commerce, responding to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, entered into an agreement to provide the Mexican government access to U.S. Census Bureau data on the value of exports. Leading Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee are urging Commerce Secretary Don Evans, who authorized the data sharing, to halt the practice (PDF).

Aug 30, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Despite reports today suggesting that the Census Bureau has ended its policy of supplying law enforcement with information on Arab-Americans, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), former Ranking Member of the House Census Subcommittee, says that while a level of bureaucracy was added, not much has changed. During the Bush Administration, Census Bureau employees have freely supplied the Department of Homeland Security with information on where Arab-Americans live. Under the new policy announced today, an Associate Director of the Bureau must now approve such an action.

Jul 30, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY), former ranking member of the House Census Subcommittee, released the following statement today in response to a press report that the Census Bureau assisted the Department of Homeland Security in preparing tabulations of the location by zip code of concentrations of Arab Americans:

Jul 27, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO) have introduced legislation (HR 4969) to protect the objectivity of scientific data. The bill would require the annual poverty estimate and the National Assessment of Educational Progress to be subject to certain guidelines on the release of the information to the public. Maloney and Clay drafted the legislation because of concerns with the politicization of data by the Bush Administration on important issues ranging from worker safety to emergency contraceptives.
Mar 25, 2004 Press Release
QUEENS, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), a national leader on the federal Census, released the following statement about the test 2004 Census and 2010 Census. Maloney’s statement was released at an event in Western Queens with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) and other members of the Latino Advisory Committee on the Census, together with Assemblyman Jose Peralta and New York City Councilmember Hiram Monserrate and other New York City elected officials. Maloney’s statement follows:
Jan 28, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today GAO released its report 2010 Census: Cost and Design Issues Need to Be Addressed Soon (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/census/GAO_Census_2010.pdf ). This report, coupled with the recent report from the National Academy of Sciences, The 2000 Census: Counting Under Adversity, suggest the 2010 census may already be in jeopardy. The National Academy cited two major problems with the 2000 census: "the error-plagued development of the Master Address File (MAF) and the poorly managed enumeration of residents of group quarters." GAO states bluntly that the modernization of the MAF/Tiger system "will not reengineer the MAF process." Planning for improved coverage of group quarters was not even mentioned in the GAO report.

Sep 26, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty and income statistics, which is breaking from tradition, since the numbers are released year-in and year-out at the National Press Club on a Tuesday or Thursday. 1.7 million more Americans fell into poverty in 2002. The poverty rate rose from 11.7% to 12.1%. Median household income declined 1.1%. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who criticized the Administration for moving the announcement of the statistics to Suitland, Maryland on a Friday - a low-profile time and place - said that the declining economic indicators are proof that the Administration purposely made the move.

Sep 23, 2003 Press Release
SUITLAND, MD - Are you used to the annual poverty and income statistics being delivered every year like clockwork in downtown Washington at the National Press Club on a Tuesday or Thursday in late September? Are you having trouble finding them this year? That's because the Bush administration has set up a challenging game of hide and seek for the press - and the public - to find the data.