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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.

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Looking Ahead to 2024 on Our Collective Journey to Excellence
As we navigate the first quarter of the new year, I have been reflecting upon our collective journey to excellence.


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Next Steps on the American Community Survey Disability Questions
The American Community Survey (ACS) is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation.


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Recapping a Phenomenal 2023 at the U.S. Census Bureau
As my second year as director of the U.S. Census Bureau draws to a close, I have been reflecting on all that we’ve accomplished in 2023 – and it’s a lot.


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Research Will Help Enumerate Undercounted People in the 2030 Census
The Census Bureau conducts research to develop better methods to reach and collect data from the historically hard to count.


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Submit Your Nominations for Our New 2030 Census Advisory Committee
A new Federal Advisory Committee is being established to focus on the 2030 Census.


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How we’re continuing to engage with everyone in 2023
And that is why it’s critical that I – and more importantly, we, at the U.S. Census Bureau – reach out to you in your roles as partners, stakeholders, data users, policymakers and the public.


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Sus comentarios para el Censo del 2030 ayudan a nuestra nación.
El pasado otoño anunciamos con mucho entusiasmo que la Oficina del Censo de los EE. UU. estaba intentando captar activamente sus ideas para lograr un mejor Censo del 2030.


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Your 2030 Census Feedback Helps Our Nation. Thank you, and Here’s What’s Next.
Last fall, we eagerly announced that the U.S. Census Bureau actively sought your ideas for a better 2030 Census.


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A Look Ahead: 2023
The U.S. Census Bureau has endured the throes of 2020, when multiple challenges including a global pandemic threatened the completion of our constitutionally mandated decennial census.


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In the Year 2022…
I was sworn in by Secretary Raimondo as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 26th director at the Department of Commerce Hoover Building on the afternoon of January 5, 2022. It was an honor of a lifetime and incredibly humbling.


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We welcome your ideas for a better 2030 Census!
We can overcome challenges when we help each other, when we work together toward a common good.


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Farewell
To the Outstanding Women and Men of the U.S. Census Bureau: A little over two years ago, I took an oath to serve you as the 25th Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Final Director's Blog from Dr. Steven Dillingham
Today, I write my last update on the 2020 Census. I have just informed the outstanding staff at the U.S. Census Bureau that that I will retire from federal service on January 20, 2021 at noon.


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2020: A Year in Review
I want to thank each member of the Census Bureau community for the work done to help support our mission.


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The End of 2020 Census Data Collection, Next Steps, and a Heartfelt Thanks
We completed data collection for the 2020 Census on October 15, 2020. Every decennial census makes history, but this was like no other in living memory.


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Update From Director Dillingham: More Than 80% of Households Counted
We are extremely proud to report that more than 80 percent of households have been enumerated nationwide.


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Visiting Hard-to-Count Communities
Since our census takers began hitting the streets earlier this month, I wanted to put myself in their shoes and see what it takes to do their job.


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Census in the Time of COVID
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly adapted our plans and adjusted the 2020 Census schedule.


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Statement: Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count
Today, we announced updates to accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020.


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Half of U.S. Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census
The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census.


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All 2020 Census Systems Go: How Smart Planning, Thorough Testing, and Backup Systems Will Deliver a Secure and Successful Count
The 2020 Census is important because responses help determine congressional representation for each state, and guide how billions of dollars are distributed across the country.


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Address Canvassing Operation Begins
When dealing with a diverse nation of over 330 million people living in more than 140 million housing units, the challenges of conducting a census can be quite complex.


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Census Bureau Adopts Cutting Edge Privacy Protections for 2020 Census
The Census Bureau takes seriously its legal and professional obligation to safeguard the information it gathers from the public.


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New Director Moving Ahead: Achieving a Successful 2020 Census
The mission here at the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.


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The Balancing Act of Producing Accurate and Confidential Statistics
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.


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Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place
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.


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Research Sets the Stage for 2020 Census Communications
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.


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The 2020 Census and American Indian and Alaska Native Areas
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.


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


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Final Census Test Proves Successful
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.


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Improving Our Count of Young Children
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.


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The U.S. Census Bureau's Commitment to Confidentiality
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.


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


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Updating Congress on Testing for the 2020 Census
Director's testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Operations on preparations for the 2020 Census.


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U.S. Census Bureau Announces Changes to 2017 Field Tests
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will stop plans to test field operations at some sites.


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On the Road in North Carolina
Last week, I attended the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission Quarterly Meeting, where I met with tribal leaders to discuss our 2020 Census planning goals in Indian Country.

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