Tag Results for census (5)

  1. Census: Going Back to Paper Due to "Lack of Communication"

    The U.S. Census Bureau announced yesterday that it was reverting back to paper from its plan of using handheld computers for the 2010 Decennial Census. The reason? According to Director of the Census Steve H. Murdock's testimony before the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, "the problem with the FDCA (Field Data Collection Automation) program was due to a lack of communication between the Census Bureau and the prime contractor for FDCA, and to difficulties the contractor had in developing the full scope of the …

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  2. Congress Poses a "Challenge" to the Census Bureau

    A few days ago, I wrote about the Government Executive story about the problems that the Census Bureau appears to be having with its plans to use hand-held computers instead of paper to conduct the 2010 census. Well, the story sparked more than a bit of Congressional interest. Representatives Tom Davis (R -Virginia) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) sent a letter (posted at Federal Computer Week who have a story on the letter) yesterday to their Democratic counter-parts Representatives Henry Waxman (D-California) and William …

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  3. Census Program in Serious Trouble?

    In a story released this morning, Government Executive magazine reports that a MITRE Corporation talking paper implies that the Census Bureau's hand-held computer project (Field Data Collection Automation) on which the 2010 Census depends is in serious trouble. The talking paper states that the project is quickly running out of time, and that end-to-end system testing might be seriously affected. In response the the issues raised by the MITRE paper, the Census seems to be taking a "failure is not an option" approach, although given what …

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