Oct 17, 2001
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After today's announcement from the Bush administration that it was not correcting the Census, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:

"Today's announcement gave us more questions than answers. The Census Bureau Acting Director and the Commerce Secretary need to come before Congress in order to answer these and other questions:

"1) Why the Census Bureau has failed to execute the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (ACE) in a timely and efficient manner?

"2) Why, if the ACE was an operational success, as the Bureau announced in March, did it not catch that three million people were counted twice?

"3) Why did the Census Bureau see it fit to conduct a search for duplicates but not conduct a search for omissions?

"The National Academy of Sciences' interim report declares that Demographic Analysis (DA) should not be used as a standard for evaluating the ACE. Therefore, why does the Census Bureau continue to use DA for such an evaluation?

"The taxpayers paid 200 million dollars for ACE in order to measure the accuracy of the census. Why is the Bush administration continuing to refuse to release all of the ACE data so that the public can review that data and judge for itself.

"In February 2001, the Secretary voided the regulation which delegated the redistricting adjustment decision to the Census Bureau Director. Why did he re-delegate the federal funds adjustment decision to the Census Bureau Director?

"The Acting Director said that under current law, adjustment cannot occur. Does he propose changing the law or abandoning the use of statistical methods to correct the census?

"The National Academy of Sciences' interim report questioned the dramatic increase in the use of imputation in Census 2000. Why has the Census Bureau failed to explain whether it agrees with the report's finding that imputation was a major factor in a "better" census?"