Census to use Web in future counts

The Census Bureau continues its 2010 population count, but it’s not wasting any time with a plan to use the Internet 10 years from now in the next census.

Director Robert Groves told Federal News Radio the Bureau is already planning to test using the Internet using the American Community Survey (ACS).

“One of the things I’m committed to,” said Groves, “is to using the surveys, especially the American Community Survey as a platform to test various ideas for 2020.”

The ACS is an ongoing survey by the Census Bureau, sent out to about a quarter of a million addresses a month. Since Congress is working on a bill that would require Census to come up with a plan for how the Internet could be used in the next decennial count, Groves sees the ACS as the way to do that.

“That’s a great example of using our existing resources to try to control the cost of planning the next 2020 census and getting real time information.”

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