The nomination of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) to head up the Commerce Department comes as the department’s U.S. Census Bureau prepares to conduct its decennial national count of Americans. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests there’s still plenty to do before the bureau starts counting in 13 months.
Have no fear — you will be counted. The bureau spends years preparing for the census, with dress rehearsals and focus groups that test new forms and methods. But how much will the next national count cost?
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