Tag Archives: Census Bureau

Census Bureau Helps Other Agencies Run Their Own Data Programs; Drew Zachary Quoted

Drew Zachary

The U.S. Census Bureau is assigning technology teams to help other agencies establish their own data sprint programs. Drew Zachary, director of the Census Bureau's Opportunity Project, said she is leading the development of a new work model that would allow partner agencies to adopt a do-it-yourself approach as the bureau supports larger efforts.

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OMB Announces Graduation of First Group of Federal Employees From Data Science Upskilling Initiative

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that 61 federal employees graduated from its data science upskilling program after undergoing training between Sept. 2020 and Jan. 2021. OMB used the lessons learned from its Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy and the Census Bureau’s training initiative to help come with the data science upskilling program in August 2020.

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Benjamin Overholt Joins Census Bureau as Deputy Director for Data

Benjamin Overholt

Benjamin Overholt, formerly lead statistician at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's office of enterprise data and analytics, has taken the role of deputy director of data at the U.S. Census Bureau. Overholt brings his seven-year federal civil service experience and expertise in decision support, data analysis and management to his new role. 

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GAO: Census Bureau Faces Multiple Challenges Amid COVID-19

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the U.S. Census Bureau faces challenges in self-response, operational communication, workforce maintenance, partnerships and other matters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. GAO advises the bureau to address these and other issues such as homeless individual tracking, information technology risk monitoring, disinformation management and cyber vulnerabilities, the government watchdog said this month in a report to Congress.

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Census Bureau Offers COVID-19 Data Resources


The U.S. Census Bureau has published a data resource page designed to support organizational decision making amid the COVID-19 pandemic. CB said Thursday its new resource page features demographic, business and economic information that federal agencies, commercial firms and local communities may use to address the effects of the crisis.

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Census Bureau Wants ‘Economic Indicator’ Designation for Business Formation Statistics

The Census Bureau is seeking “economic indicator” status from the Office of Management and Budget for one of its experimental data products created using new data methods and sources to address gaps in the agency’s understanding of the U.S. economy, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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