Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:
Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count
The U.S. Census Bureau continues to evaluate its operational plans to
collect and process 2020 Census data. We are announcing updates to ourplan that will include enumerator awards and the hiring of more
employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and
apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Census Bureau’s new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce.    Learn More Complete Count: A robust field data collection operation will ensure we receive responses from households that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census.
We will improve the speed of our count without sacrificing completeness. As part of our revised plan, we will conduct additional training sessions
and provide awards to enumerators in recognition of those who
maximize hours worked. We will also keep phone and tablet computer
devices for enumeration in use for the maximum time possible.
We will end field data collection by September 30, 2020. Self-response
options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities.
Accurate Data and Efficient Processing:
Once we have the data from self-response and field data collection in our secure systems, we plan to review it for completeness and accuracy, streamline its processing, and prioritize apportionment counts to meet the statutory deadline. In addition, we plan to increase our staff to
ensure operations are running at full capacity.
Flexible Design
Our operation remains adaptable and additional resources will help
speed our work. The Census Bureau will continue to analyze data and
key metrics from its field work to ensure that our operations are agile
and on target for meeting our statutory delivery dates. Of course, we
recognize that events can still occur that no one can control, such as
additional complications from severe weather or other natural disasters.
Health and Safety
We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our workforce and the public. Our staff will continue to follow Federal, state, and local
guidance, including providing appropriate safety trainings and personal
protective equipment to field staff.

The Census Bureau continues its work on meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13880 issued July 11, 2019 and the Presidential
Memorandum issued July 21, 2020. A team of experts are examining
methodologies and options to be employed for this purpose. The
collection and use of pertinent administrative data continues.

We are committed to a complete and accurate 2020 Census. To date, 93 million households, nearly 63 percent of all households in the Nation,
have responded to the 2020 Census. Building on our successful and
innovative internet response option, the dedicated women and men of
the Census Bureau, including our temporary workforce deploying in
communities across the country in upcoming weeks, will work diligently to achieve an accurate count.

We appreciate the support of our hundreds of thousands of community-based, business, state, local and tribal partners contributing to these
efforts across our Nation.
The 2020 Census belongs to us all. If you know someone who has not yet
responded, please encourage them to do so today online at, over the phone, or by mail.
Help us spread the word. Connect with us!   About the 2020 Census: The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the
population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of
seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how
billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.