Census Bureau may get a headstart on 2020
By Ed O'Keefe
The Federal Eye reports in Thursday's Post about plans to get a jumpstart on the next national headcount:
Starting in 2012, lawmakers want future census directors to serve five-year terms that overlap presidential and congressional election years. The legislation would also have the director report only to the commerce secretary, instead of to deputies. And future agency bosses would be able to submit congressional testimony independent of department or administration review.
"Some would say that having press conferences about the 2020 Census before the 2010 Census is done is jumping the gun," said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), the bill's main House sponsor. "We need to act now that they can do what needs to be done to get ready for 2020, so we can save money and maintain accuracy."
Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) is pushing the bill through the Senate with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Every living former census director also backs the measure.
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