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As part of the President's Fiscal Year 2003 budget submission to Congress, the Census Bureau released Monday the details of its innovative plans to provide more timely and accurate data about the economy and population of the United States.
"This budget request represents some of the most ambitious and innovative statistical activities that I've seen in more than 30 years of government service. If approved, it will improve the way we measure the U.S. population, economy and state and local governments," said Census Bureau Acting Director William G. Barron Jr.
Key initiatives in the Census Bureau's $737.6 million appropriations request for FY 2003 include conducting the 2002 Economic Census, improving measures of the economy's service sector, increasing the quality and timeliness of foreign trade statistics, enhancing the measurement of electronic business and re-engineering the 2010 census to make it more efficient and cost-effective.
"The President and Secretary Evans realize the importance of these indicators to our economy," said Commerce Under Secretary Kathleen B. Cooper. "The data collected and the numbers produced by the Census Bureau are important to our economic security. Accurate and timely data can help business leaders, policy-makers, indeed all Americans chart our economic course."
"Implementation of these core programs and others detailed in the Census Bureau's budget submission will yield significantly better and more current data, which policy-makers at all levels of government, business and the American public can use to improve their way of life well into the 21st century," Barron said.