Challenge #1: Update - Analyzing the TRUMP Administration's 2020 Budget Request

The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), which focuses on providing government policy decision makers with information that demonstrates the value of federal statistics, recently released their analysis of the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget. The administration’s FY 2020 request calls for roughly $5.3 billion to support Census 2020. According to COPAFS, this number, even when paired with the additional $1 billion from FY19 appropriations, still falls short of the funding that the Census Bureau calls for in their 2020 Census Life-Cycle Cost Estimate document.

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Another notable impact affecting the U.S. Census Bureau is the Trump administration’s continued call for consolidating the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The President’s budget request is a starting point for creating the FY2020 federal budget. Congress may consult the administration’s proposal as they work toward fleshing out more budget details in the coming months.

To read the entire analysis by COPAFS, follow this link.