Issues of Counting Americans Overseas in Future Censuses

September 28, 2001

The Honorable Frank R. Wolf
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
    State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-6017

Dear Mr. Chairman:

House Report 106-1005 directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to submit to the Congress a written report on the issues associated with the inclusion of American citizens and their dependents living abroad in the decennial censuses for apportionment, redistricting, and other purposes for which census results are used. The enclosed document fulfills this request.

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently planning a conference in November 2001 with census stakeholders to obtain input into the policy and technical issues raised in this report. We will notify the Congress when the exact dates for this conference have been established.

If the Census Bureau determines that it is possible to proceed with the development of operations to enumerate American citizens and their dependents living abroad in the decennial census, methodologies will be tested in conjunction with the scheduled census tests in FY 2004, FY 2006, and the census dress rehearsal in FY 2008.

We look forward to your review of this document.



William G. Barron, Jr.
Acting Director




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