Challenge #2: Change in Leadership
Serving as Director of the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013, John Thompson announced his resignation as Director in 2017. Experts point out that the mid-decade change in leadership creates a number of challenges. Counting more than 325 million Americans is difficult enough, but the bureau is also championing a number of new initiatives for the 2020 census. These changes, largely efforts to control costs and improve efficiency, include: 1) internet response, 2) better use of local and administrative data and, 3) new approaches for information technology.
For more information:
2017. U.S. Census Director Resigns Amid Turmoil Over Funding of 2020 Count. Washington Post. Authored by Tara Bahrampour.
2017. The Head of the Census Resigned. It Could Be as Serious as James Comey. Time. Authored by Haley Sweetland Edwards.
2017. Bad News for Everyone! The 2020 Census is Already in Trouble. Wired Magazine. Authored by Aarian Marshall.
2017. New Acting Director to Oversee 'High Risk' Census. NPR. Authored by Hansi Lo Wang.