U.S. Census Bureau Strategic Plan FY 2007-2012


Start: 2006-10-01, End: 2012-09-30, Publication: 2012-10-28



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:U.S. Census Bureau



  • Charles Louis KincannonDirector

  • U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Carlos M. GutierrezSecretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • David A. SampsonDeputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Economics and Statistics AdministrationU.S. Department of Commerce

  • Cynthia A. GlassmanUnder Secretary For Economic Affairs, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Office of the Inspector General (OIG)Both the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) perform a number of audits on Census Bureau programs each year.

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Program Assessment and Rating Tool (PART) evaluations also provide a thorough review of individual programs. Seven Census Bureau programs have been evaluated using the PART. All of these programs received high ratings, with scores in the top third of federal programs. Three Census Bureau programs have earned an "effective" rating, the highest possible for a PART.

  • National Academy of SciencesOther external sources such as the National Academy of Sciences, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and other federal agencies who use our data provide independent evaluations.

  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

  • Census Bureau Advisory CommitteesAdditionally, seven advisory committees review programs and advise the Census Bureau through public meetings at least once a year.

  • U.S. CompaniesEvaluation of programs by the economic statistics staff has led to better measures of capital expenditures by U.S. companies, improved the Census Bureau’s ability to capture data on e-commerce activities, clarified what information companies can provide on their pollution abatement activities, and periodically documented, as required by OMB, the statistical rigor of the methodologies used to produce the principal economic indicators.

  • Planning, Research, and Evaluation Division (PRED)For its geographic programs, the Census Bureau implemented, for the first time in Census 2000, a Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program in which tribal and local governments reviewed and corrected the census address list and maps. Since Census 2000, the Planning, Research, and Evaluation Division (PRED), the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Commerce, OIG, OMB, and the Anteon Corporation have conducted evaluations of and surveys about the LUCA program. These evaluations resulted in recommendations aimed at improving the LUCA program, and are being implemented and will be demonstrated in the 2010 Census dress rehearsal.

  • Anteon Corporation

  • Department of LaborWork performed under reimbursable agreements with other federal agencies (including the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, and Justice; the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Federal Reserve Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) comprise a large part of our activities. For example, data from the Consumer Expenditures Survey are an important element of the Consumer Price Index, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculates and publishes. The Current Population Survey gathers data that BLS uses to calculate employment and unemployment statistics. Other major subject areas include health care, education, and criminal justice.

  • Department of Labor

  • Department of Health and Human Services

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Department of Energy

  • Department of Justice

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics

  • National Center for Education Statistics

  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics

  • Federal Reserve Board

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an important partner in the production of high-quality information that describes labor force status and other key measures of the economy. For example, the Census Bureau provides BLS with monthly unemployment data.

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)The Census Bureau works closely with other statistical agencies, in particular the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The BEA is a primary customer for the Census Bureau’s economic and demographic data. For example, BEA uses data from the more than 100 annual, quarterly, and monthly economic surveys to develop the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Census Bureau and BEA cooperatively examine and assess joint and individual statistical problems.

  • International Trade Administration (ITA)The Census Bureau is working with the International Trade Administration (ITA) to produce customized statistics on exported services. The ITA will fund the production of these statistics.

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)The Census Bureau also works with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on issues related to global position systems (GPS) and geodetic control.

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeThe Census Bureau also received information from BEA, ITA, NOAA, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for many uses including compiling the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and the County and City Data Book.

  • Economic Development Administration (EDA)The Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires the use of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data for grant applications that previously used census long form data.

  • Internal Revenue ServiceThe Census Bureau relies on the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration as data sources for sample frame development.

  • Social Security Administration

  • Economic and Training Administration (ETA)The Census Bureau works with EDA, the Department of Labor’s Economic and Training Administration (ETA), the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and state and local governments in creating useful analytical tools to assist communities in preparing for, and recovering from numerous types of economic dislocations such as Base Realignment and Closure, plant closings, and disasters.

  • Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)

  • Interagency Council on Statistical PolicyInteragency Council on Statistical Policy. Under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget, the Census Bureau is a major participant in this council, which works to improve the collaborative activities of federal statistical agencies. Activities of the council have led to standardized data and concepts, technology transfers, methodology exchange, collaborative research, process improvement, better customer service, reduced respondent burden, and infrastructure sharing.

  • State GovernmentsThe Census Bureau works closely with state and local governments to make data available to the public through a variety of channels. State governments help produce sub-national population estimates through the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates. States also provide updates to the Boundary and Annexation Survey, test data products, and disseminate data and program information through the State Data Center program.

  • Local Governments

  • Tribal GovernmentsThrough the Tribal Governments program, the Census 2000 Tribal Liaison program, and other operations such as the Boundary and Annexation Survey, the Census Bureau works closely with American Indians and Alaska Natives. Tribal governments assist with boundary identification, count review, outreach and promotion, and data dissemination.

  • American Indians

  • Alaska Natives

  • Private SectorThe Census Bureau consults extensively with businesses and business associations in the development of economic surveys. Census Information Centers (CIC) were established as a cooperative program with national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations that represent the interests of underserved communities. CICs make data available for program planning, needs assessment, defining service areas, public policy development, developing new business enterprises, and conducting race/ethnic-related research.

  • Businesses

  • Business Associations

  • International SectorThe International Programs Center (IPC) conducts demographic and socioeconomic studies and strengthens statistical development around the world through technical assistance, training, and software products. Its work is commissioned and funded by federal agencies, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, and other governments. For more than 50 years, the IPC has assisted other governments throughout the world in the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and use of statistics.