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. 

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