Challenge #2: Change in Leadership
Serving as Director of the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013, John Thompson announced his resignation as Director in 2017. Experts point out that the mid-decade change in leadership creates a number of challenges. Counting more than 325 million Americans is difficult enough, but the bureau is also championing a number of new initiatives for the 2020 census. These changes, largely efforts to control costs and improve efficiency, include: 1) internet response, 2) better use of local and administrative data and, 3) new approaches for information technology.
For more information:
- 2017. U.S. Census Director Resigns Amid Turmoil Over Funding of 2020 Count. Washington Post. Authored by Tara Bahrampour.
- 2017. The Head of the Census Resigned. It Could Be as Serious as James Comey. Time. Authored by Haley Sweetland Edwards.
- 2017. Bad News for Everyone! The 2020 Census is Already in Trouble. Wired Magazine. Authored by Aarian Marshall.
- 2017. New Acting Director to Oversee 'High Risk' Census. NPR. Authored by Hansi Lo Wang.