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

Mar 25, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON (Mar. 25, 2010) – Today,  Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Charlie Dent (R-PA), Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Census, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced the “Census Oversight Efficiency and Management Reform Act," H.R. 4945.  This bipartisan legislation would improve Census management challenges which arise from the fact that the Census operates on a constitutionally mandated ten-year cycle while Presidential administrations which oversee management of the Census operate on a four-year cycle. The bill strengthens Congressional oversight of the Census to help prevent operational problems that have emerged on the eve of the censuses in 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010, in part from a lack of steady leadership and management due to changes in Presidential administrations.
Mar 10, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney which aims to ban non-government mailings which mimic the look and feel of official census forms passed the House today unanimously, 416-0. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll097.xml
Mar 4, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – A bill to prevent direct mailings that are deliberately designed to look similar to official U.S. Census mailings-- sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)-- was unanimously reported out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today and sent to the House floor.
Feb 10, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As the constitutionally-mandated 2010 Census begins, mailings with bold lettering saying "Do Not Destroy", "Official Document" and "Census Document Registered To:" on the outer envelope have been received in areas ranging from Georgia to Colorado to Montana that are NOT from the Census bureau but from the Republican National Committee among other groups. What’s more, these envelopes often do not carry any return address, further camouflaging the fact that the mailing is not associated with the U.S. Census Bureau in any way.
Dec 16, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) today released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study they requested that identifies how many federal dollars are distributed in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 to localities using U.S. Census data for the ten largest federal programs.
Sep 10, 2009 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released the following statement on the release of the Census Bureau’s annual Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance study:

Jul 13, 2009 Press Release

FWASHINGTON, DC –Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chair, Joint Economic Committee, today applauded Senate confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for Director of the Bureau of the Census, Dr. Robert Groves:

“It has been 102 days since President Obama nominated Professor Robert Groves to be the director of the Census Bureau. Today, the Senate finally lived up to its obligations and confirmed him as the new Director of the Bureau of the Census.

Apr 2, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), former ranking member of the Census Subcommittee today applauded the Obama Administration’s choice of Robert M. Groves as Director of the Bureau of the Census.
Mar 3, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), Charlie Dent (R-PA), and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) have introduced HR 1254, “The Restoring the Integrity of American Statistics Act.” The bill would remove the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department and make it a separate, independent agency similar to NASA or the National Archives.

“The Census Bureau’s work is scientific: it requires careful, thoughtful planning by those who know how best to perform this huge undertaking. The work is too important to be a stepchild of a larger organization—buffeted by year-to-year budget whims and political storms that every Cabinet agency is subject to,” Maloney said. “Elevating the Census Bureau to the status of an independent body will allow it to conduct its ten-year planning, testing and execution process without interference.”

Feb 12, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) issued this statement in response to Sen. Judd Gregg’s withdrawal as President Obama’s nominee as Commerce Secretary:

"President Obama must be commended for continuing to try to reach across party lines. Regretfully, his choice as Commerce Secretary didn't work out. I'm certain that President Obama will name another Commerce nominee and a Census Director shortly, and that planning and preparation will proceed on a full and fair count that must begin in just 11 months.”