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February 2017 Monthly Status Report

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Key Program Updates

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2017 Census Test

  • Began training for Census Questionnaire Assistance (CQA):
    • Call agent supervisor training (“train the trainer operations”) completed in support of staff and training the call agents.
    • Quality Assurance training completed.
    • Lead agent/Managerial staff training completed.
    • Training for non-Spanish-speaking foreign language agents began.
  • Received Authority to Operate for all physical facilities from the Department of Commerce (DOC) and Census Bureau security organizations for CQA.
  • Completed the CQA and Internet Self-Response single-sign on authentication solution, a key component to an efficient CQA operation.
  • Delivered the Address File for contacts #1 and #2 to the print vendor on February 18, 2017.
  • Received final translations for Internet Self-Response (ISR) and CQA instrument screens and delivered to Internet Self-Response operation on February 24, 2017.

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2018 End-to-End Census Test

  • Delivered recruiting kits for early operations to Regional Census Centers on February 14, 2017.
  • The Field Office Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure received 100 percent of total Regional Census Center equipment.
  • Completed interactive delineation of the Type of Enumeration Area (TEA) assignments for the 2018 End-to-End Census Test and uploaded data to the MAF/TIGER Database (MTDB) on February 23, 2017.
  • The Technical Integrator (TI) began delivering 2018 End-to-End Census Test and 2020 Census Internal Demand Models.

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Address Canvassing Test

  • Completed the first draft of the 2016 Address Canvassing Test Assessment Report on February 10, 2017.

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2015 National Content Test

  • Completed Relationship Question Experiment Analysis Report on February 10, 2017.
  • Issued Race and Ethnicity Analysis Report in the 2020 Census Memorandum Series on February 28, 2017. Provided an extended Tip Sheet to the media publicizing this release.

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2020 Census Operations

  • In support of the Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I), the TI delivered an updated version 3 of the Integration and Implementation Plan document.
  • The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Integrated Project Team (IPT) started LUCA Promotional Outreach with five events completed in February 2017. These events included a webinar for Data Dissemination Staff, a meeting with WelcomingAmerica.org, a webinar for State Data Centers, the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, and the National States Geographic Information Council Midyear meeting. LUCA staff at the National Processing Center are receiving Contact Information Forms from partners and updating the Geographic Program Participant (GPP) database and LUCA Production Control System (PCS) with updated information.
  • The Master Address File (MAF) Update for the Fiscal Year 2017 MAF Coverage Study began on October 3, 2016. As of February 28, 2017, 8,587 of the 20,000 blocks in the FY17 sample were completed. The goal was to complete 7,971 blocks by the end of February 2017 and the field met 107.7 percent of the goal.
  • Team Young & Rubicam (Y&R) conducted its first monthly status review to the Integrated Partnership and Communications IPT meeting on February 21, 2017.
  • The Redistricting Data Program (RDP) completed a 2020 Census RDP kickoff meeting in New York, NY, bringing the total number of states visited to 26. These visits provide the states an opportunity to ensure the Census Bureau captures their needs in regards to useful census redistricting data as required by Public Law (P.L.) 94-171. The visits also provide the states an opportunity to learn about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program, 2020 Census planning, and upcoming Census Bureau geographic partnership programs.
  • Finalized the 2020 Research Report Template for 2020 Census operational assessments, evaluations, experiments, and research and testing studies results.

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Oversight and Stakeholder Engagement

  • The Office of Inspector General (OIG) held an entrance meeting on the Bureau’s Preparedness for 2020 Census Background Checks on February 2, 2017.
  • The GAO held an entrance meeting on the Quality of Administrative Records audit on February 6, 2017.
  • The OIG held an entrance meeting on the 2020 Area Census Offices Leasing on February 9, 2017.
  • Director Thompson testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concerning the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High-Risk List: 2020 Census on February 15, 2017.
  • Conducted a one-way virtual meeting about the 2015 National Content Test analysis report on race and ethnicity (released on February 28, 2017) with the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC) on February 27, 2017.
  • Provided official agency comments on the OIG draft report on 2016 Census Test audit on February 27, 2017.

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