Census

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.

Select Highlights

  • 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

Jun 8, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bush administration is being asked to answer questions about the elimination of a widely-used Census survey and its potentially broad impact on lawmakers’ ability to evaluate government programs and spending.  Joint Economic Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and senior House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with 10 colleagues in the House and Senate, have directed their questions about the Census Bureau’s endangered Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman (letter on SIPP).

Jun 2, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Government Accountability Office has released a report examining the manner in which the Census Bureau releases data, which found that the Bureau departed from the traditional date and location when releasing recent poverty data and that the Bureau lacks standardized dissemination policies (GAO report).

 

May 30, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – A Census Bureau news release last week touted a survey that the Bush administration has targeted for elimination as “invaluable” (click here for release – text below). The Survey for Income and Program Participation has tracked income, employment and government programs for more than 20 years, but the Bush FY07 budget would terminate the survey.
May 25, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The elimination of a key Census Bureau survey, as proposed by the Bush administration, would prevent the production of important studies on income and health insurance. One such eye-opening study was released Wednesday by The Commonwealth Fund, revealing that young adults are the fastest growing uninsured population in the United States. Utilizing existing data, the researchers were able to analyze the age of the uninsured, as well as the length of time they go without health insurance.
Mar 10, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-nine U.S. Senators and forty-two Members of Congress have sent a letter to President Bush asking him to reverse the administration’s decision to eliminate a Census Bureau survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, and welfare. The President’s budget would eliminate the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the only large-scale government survey that collects high-quality, policy-relevant data on the economic well-being of American families over time.
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:

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