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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Mario H. Lopez
(301) 457-5080

Congressional Members` Release First Report t...

"Census 2000: A National Process Requires Local Focus"
Report to be unveiled today on new website

WASHINGTON, DC—The Congressional Members of the U. S. Census Monitoring Board submit to Congress their first in a series of reports on February 1, 1999. The full text will be available on the Congressional Board Members’ new website during the day on Friday, January 29, but will be embargoed until 6:00 PM (EST).

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court (January 25th) decision requiring the Census Bureau to be able to find everyone, more creative solutions are needed for the 2000 Census to accomplish its goal. This report highlights " finding real people where they really live," for the 2000 Census. The report discusses concerns about the approach that has been taken by the Clinton Administration on relying too heavily on statistical adjustment.

To facilitate this goal, the Board Members emphasize:

Post Census Local Review (the last chance for local governments to review and appeal the census counts before finalized)
Administrative Records (government files that identify traditionally undercounted populations, such as minority children of low-income families in dense urban areas)
the concern for the development of a census plan that ensures local accuracy in the 2000 Census
Earlier this week, Co-Chairman J. Kenneth Blackwell spoke to the U. S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. about how local communities have been blindsided by the Census Bureau, with the elimination of Post Census Local Review. Many of the members of the U. S. Conference of Mayors have also expressed this concern. The National League of Cities and the National Association of Towns and Townships are among the organizations who have called for the reinstatement of Post Census Local Review.

To the greatest extent possible, we the Congressional Members of the U. S. Census Monitoring Board favor finding real people, where they really live.