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The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress


An ongoing concern for some Members of Congress and their constituents is that responses to the ACS are required. The Bureau's 2003 test of a voluntary versus mandatory ACS showed a 20.7- percentage-point drop in the overall ACS response rate when answers were optional. The Bureau estimated in 2003 and 2004 that if the survey became voluntary, maintaining data reliability would necessitate increasing the planned annual sample size from about 3 million to 3.7 million housing units, at an additional cost of $59.2 million per year in FY2005 dollars (re-estimated at $66.5 million per year, as of FY2011). In the 112th Congress, H.R. 931 and S. 3079 propose making almost all ACS responses optional. The Poe amendment to H.R. 5326, the House-passed Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (CJS), would prohibit the use of funds to enforce a penalty for not answering the ACS. The Webster amendment to H.R. 5326 would prohibit the use of funds to conduct the survey. The Senate has not taken up H.R. 5326 or S. 2323, its FY2013 CJS appropriations bill, which has no provisions similar to the Poe and Webster amendments. P.L. 112-175, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, was enacted on September 28, 2012, without mention of the ACS. It funds the Census Bureau at 0.612% above the FY2012 appropriations level until March 27, 2013. Bills: H.R. 931, H.R. 5326, S. 3079, S. 2323


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The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Jun 17,2013  Pages: 24]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Feb 20,2013  Pages: 23]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Nov 07,2012  Pages: 22]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Aug 24,2012  Pages: 21]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Dec 21,2011  Pages: 21]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: May 12,2011  Pages: 21]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Feb 04,2011  Pages: 20]

The American Community Survey: Development, Implementation, and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R41532  Release Date: Dec 15,2010  Pages: 21]