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Director's Blog

The “Director’s Blog” webpage launched in October 2009 as former U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves wrote about the 2010 Census and provided a director’s point of view on everything from news to topics about statistics.

In August 2012, Acting Director Tom Mesenbourg began contributing to the blog. Starting in August 2013, former Director John H. Thompson contributed to the blog, providing updates on vast intercensal surveys and programs as preparations began for the 2020 Census. In 2018, Dr. Ron Jarmin contributed to the blog while performing the non exclusive functions and duties of the director. From January 2019 to January 2020, former Director Steven Dillingham made contributions to the blog about the 2020 Census.

Beginning January 2022, Director Robert L. Santos will be contributing to the blog, providing updates on the many ways we measure America’s people and economy.


2010 Census (2)

2016 Census Test (2)

2017 Census Test (1)

2018 Census Test (4)

2020 Census (51)

2030 Census (4)

Administrative Records (1)

Age (1)

Agency (History) (2)

All States (2)

American Community Survey (ACS) (10)

American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) (7)

Ancestry (3)

Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE) (1)

Big Data (2)

Black or African American (1)

Business and Economy (8)

COVID-19 (7)

Census Business Builder (CBB) (1)

Census Operations (39)

Census of Governments (COG) (1)

Center for Economic Studies (CES) (1)

Children (4)

Community Resilience Estimates (1)

Commuting (1)

Congressional Apportionment (1)

Data Collection & Processing (1)

Data Equity (3)

Data Quality (Missing Data, Edit, and Imputation) (3)

Data Tool Information (3)

Director (27)

Disability (1)

Disclosure Avoidance (3)

Economic Census (EC) (4)

Economic Indicators (5)

Education (1)

Emergency Preparedness (6)

Employment (1)

Families and Living Arrangements (1)

Federal Government (2)

Government (1)

Grandparents (1)

Group Quarters (3)

Health Insurance (1)

Hispanic Origin (10)

History (5)

Household Pulse Survey (1)

Income (1)

Industry (1)

Information and Communication Technology (4)

International (2)

International Programs (1)

International Trade (2)

Island Area (3)

Language Use (2)

Manufacturing (1)

Migration (1)

Miscellaneous (6)

National (2)

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) (1)

Occupant Characteristics (2)

Operations (History) (1)

Population (6)

Population Estimates (1)

Population Estimates (1)

Poverty (2)

Puerto Rico - PR (3)

Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) (1)

Race (3)

Redistricting (3)

Retail Trade (2)

Services (1)

Sex (1)

Small Business (1)

Small Business Pulse Survey (1)

Spanish (7)

State (2)

Teaching about Statistics (1)

Transportation (1)

United States - US (2)

Voting & Registration (2)

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Directors Blog
The Balancing Act of Producing Accurate and Confidential Statistics
December 14, 2018  
Several months ago, Dr. John Abowd, our chief scientist at the Census Bureau, blogged about the need for disclosure avoidance measures and the considerations that went into our decision to implement differential privacy.

Directors Blog
"Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place"
November 05, 2018  
U.S. Census Bureau staff presented to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and gave an update on how we plan to efficiently and effectively reach hard-to-count communities.

Directors Blog
The 2020 Census and American Indian and Alaska Native Areas
November 01, 2018  
As we gear up for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes the unique challenges associated with conducting the census as accurately as possible in American Indian and Alaska Native areas.

Directors Blog
Research Sets the Stage for 2020 Census Communications
November 01, 2018  
For the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau has placed a premium on outreach and communications to reach every person throughout the United States no matter where they live or what language they speak.

Directors Blog
"Thank You, Providence"
September 27, 2018  
Last week I had the opportunity to visit Providence, Rhode Island, where the 2018 Census Test is wrapping up.

Directors Blog
Final Census Test Proves Successful
September 05, 2018  
With less than two years away from Census Day 2020, the 2018 Census Test is proving that we are on track and well on our way for the full count — the 2020 Census.

Directors Blog
Innovation in Economic Measurement and the Vital Role of Collaboration
August 27, 2018  
Last week I was fortunate to attend the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which brought together policy makers, economists, members of the media and other experts.

Directors Blog
Improving Our Count of Young Children
July 02, 2018  
By conducting the decennial census, the Census Bureau aims to count everyone living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.

Directors Blog
The U.S. Census Bureau's Commitment to Confidentiality
May 07, 2018  
The decision by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census has generated a lot of discussion in the media and on Capitol Hill.

Directors Blog
2017 Economic Census Has Launched
May 04, 2018  
On May 1, the 2017 Economic Census launched as the U.S. Census Bureau began notifying 3.7 million businesses nationwide by mail with instructions on how to complete the survey online.

Directors Blog
Creating Partnerships to Better Serve Our Communities
April 26, 2018  
To conduct a complete and accurate 2020 Census, we have to work closely with national and local leaders.

Directors Blog
Director's Blog: Making our Statistics Accessible, Anywhere, Anytime
April 10, 2018  
The U.S. Census Bureau is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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