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Opportunities to Provide Input Regarding the Proposed Elimination of ACS 3-Year Data Products

By Warren A. Brown, President, APDU In the Census Bureau publication Budget Estimates, Fiscal Year 2016, As Presented to Congress, February 2015 the Bureau proposed “to terminate permanently the ‘3-Year Data’ Product” of the American Community Survey (page CEN – 106). Many data users have come to rely on the 3-Year ACS data products for […]

February 23, 2015
The ACS 3-year Demographic Estimates Are History

by Ken Poole: Census Director John Thompson and Acting Director for the 2020 Census Lisa Blumerman spoke with a group of Census stakeholders today about Census plans regarding the American Community Survey.   My take from the conversation: the ACS 3-year demographic estimates are history.  When Census first developed the ACS in the 1990s, the […]

February 3, 2015
The BLS Funding Situation

The real value of appropriations to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fell between 2004 and 2008, and has been falling again since 2009 (Figure 1). Its current purchasing power is less than it was in 2001. The agency has increasingly become unable to fulfill its basic responsibilities, despite its having made a series of […]

January 7, 2015