NextGov:Census’ Tech Use Could Slash Cost of 2020 Count by Nearly Half – Nextgov.com

The 2010 United States Census cost more than $13 billion, or approximately $96 per household. If the Census Bureau uses the 2010 model for the next decennial headcount in 2020, government watchdogs fear the total price tag could approach $30 billion.

In February, members of Congress made it clear to officials at the Commerce Department, which houses Census and 11 other agencies, that the government can’t afford to spend even another $13 billion on the 2020 Census.

Commerce officials actually promised to reduce spending on the Constitutionally-mandated decennial census by $5 billion, according to Steve Cooper, Commerce’s chief information officer.

via Census’ Tech Use Could Slash Cost of 2020 Count by Nearly Half – Nextgov.com.

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