This paper by the US Census Bureau describes the efforts to completely modernize and reengineer the 2010 Decennial Census Program. This reengineering effort is presented as having four major goals:
(a) improve the relevance and timeliness of census long-form data;
(b) reduce operational risk;
(c) improve the accuracy of census coverage; and
(d) contain costs.
The paper details three highly integrated activities on which the accomplishment of these goals are based: 1) the American Community Survey; 2) the Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) Enhancements Program; and 3) a multi-year program of comprehensive planning, development, and testing for a short form only 2010 Census.
Paper presented at the 2006 plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) in Paris (13-15 June 2006).
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