U.S. Census Bureau Commemorates Constitution Day (event webcast)
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U.S. Census Bureau Commemorates Constitution Day (event webcast)

October 11, 2019


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silence your cellphones. The program is about to begin. >>>>>>>>hello, Inc. And thank you
for joining us today. Glad you’re here. We’re having an
exciting day ahead of us. We’re looking forward to sharing with
you the work we’re doing ahead of the 2020 Census. Today we’ll hear from our
director, Dr. Steven Dillingham, as well as
Fernando Armstong. We’re happy to have Stephanie
Reid, Executive Director of Philly counts. We’re here to
celebrate Constitution Day. We’re excited to educate you all
a little bit about the history the Census and why an accurate
count is critical for all of our communities. But first, we’d like to kick it
off with a video about the importance of the 2020 Census.
>>[Video playing]>>givenning in March, the U.S.
Census Bureau will invite households across the country to
participate in the 2020 Census. But what is the Census? Simply put, the Census is a head
count of every person living in the United States. To be sure
the government represents the people, the U.S. Constitution
requires a population count every ten years. Ever since 1790, the Census has
determined the number of seats each state receives in the U.S.
House of Representatives. It is and also has been the
cornerstone of our democracy. We determine it to determine
representation and make decisions. Your response helps
guide planning for the future of our communities. The 2020 Census will help inform decision how billions of dollars
are allocated annually for schools,
roads, schools, hospitals and house care clinics. Emergency
response can have services and hundreds of other programs. In 2020, for the first time
you’ll be able to complete the Census online by phone or by
mail. It asks a few simple questions
like how many people live in our home on April 1, age and sex, and if
there are any children living there. You should know by law
all Census responses are completely confidential. And
your personal information cannot be shared with any law
enforcement agencies. Every person counts no matter
who you are and where you live. So whether your familiar live
has participated for decades or the
2020 Census will be your first, we all have a role in shaping the fewer future
of our country. >>and now I’d like to introduce
all of you to our director, Dr. Steven Dillingham. Dr. Steven Dillingham is the 25th
Census Bureau director, with more than
25 years experience in statistical and research and
management in the Federal Government. Please join me in
welcoming Dr. Dillingham. [APPLAUSE]>>Michael, thank you very much. Hello it is happy Constitution
Day. And today we’re gathered in
Philadelphia and as a learned last night not only it the city of
brotherly love but I’m told the city of
sisterly affection as well. [APPLAUSE] so we’ll be signing,
we’ll be celebrating the signing of the U.S. Constitution. And I
do have one with me, if you’d like to sign it. But we’re signing in
comemorandum raping of September 17, 1787, and a
special connection to the Census. * the Constitution is rue Nick
because it places government power in the hands of the
people. The Census is one of the few
national activities the American public does together. It’s the
largest peacetime mobilization in our country and the
cornerstone of democracy. Article 1, section 2 of the
Constitution calls for enumeration to apportion
representatives among the states. Our founding fathers
recognized that in order to provide equal representation in
the house of representatives, they had to know how many people
live here and where they lived. The Constitution originally set
the number of representatives at 65
in 1787, although I can’t remember, I wasn’t quite there
then. In 65 is where they began and
mandated the country mandate the first
Census three years later. In 1790, U.S. Marshals listed household to
conduct the first enumeration. If you can imagine the effort,
riding on horseback to count everyone. Even though it’s 13 states it’s
a geographical spread. It took true years to count everyone.
And Congress expected about 2 million people. But to their surprise the
results came in double that, more than 3.9
million. Overnight the number of congressional representatives grew to 105
members and increased the size of independence hall across the
way there. Through times of war, industrial
revolution, and technological and demographic changes the
Census has been taken every ten years as required by our
Constitution. Since the first Census, making
sure everyone is counted has been a challenge. The 2020
Census is no different. We live in a diverse nation of more than 330 million people and more
than 140 million housing units. This alone makes conducting a
national Census very complex. It’s hard to imagine that the
Founding Fathers could envision the scope
of the 2020 Census today. It’s important to remember that
the data collected through the
Census impacts key decisions made at
all levels of government and by businesses and by nonprofit
organizations. Besides congressional
apportionment, ang accurate population count determines how
billions of federal dollars are spent each year and how funds
are distributed to and by state and cities and rural
communities. Our goal during the 2020 Census
is to count everyone once, only once
and in the right place. And many of you have heard that and
will continue to hear that. Once, only once, and in the
right place. In six months, households will
begin receiving an invitation to responsibility to the 2020
Census. Responding is easy, safe, and important. For the first time the public
will have * three ways of responding,
online, over the phone, and it can be a
smartphone or a not so smartphone. Or through a paper
questionnaire which every household will receive if
they haven’t answered on the internet or by phone. This
means everyone living in the United States can complete the
2020 Census questionnaire almost
anywhere at anymore time. any time. It can be completed by
passengers on a bus with WiFi or church or
sports event or almost any event. If today is the event,
we can do it right here. If a person lacks internet
connectivity, they can connect from other locations including
public libraries across our nation that will have their
doortz open for this purpose. Or they can call, as I
mentioned, or they can simply mail it in. Answers are protected and
confidential, personal data cannot and will not be shared
with anyone inclusiving law enforcement. It’s a massive undertaking, and
we are increasingly ready. We are on mission, on budget, on schedule to complete the biggest
most efficient Census ever. We are inviting thousands of
partners with a new focus on our nation’s schools like the holy
redeemer school here in Philadelphia. We think that by
working with partners and complete count committees, we
can reach the hard to count and
improve self-response rates in every state.
The Philly counts committee established by may I don’t
remember Jim Kinney has innovative, inclusive and well
planned strategy. It’s led by Stephanie Reid and
her professional team and thousands of volunteers. And
these will be trained volunteers. She’s doing a
multitude of trainings that she will tell you about. I have no doubt that they and
the partners you have here in Philadelphia will make a
difference and experience success.
For more on these efforts I’m also proud to announce, to introduce
Fernando Armstong the director of the Philadelphia regional
office and I had the pleasure yesterday of
presenting to him his 40th year service award. [APPLAUSE]. Now, he’s not particularly
conscious of 40 years of service, but when we were at the
elementary school yesterday and the students were asking us
questions, they looked at him and me, and said,
how old are you guys? [Laughter]. He confessed and I said,
subtract one. But he is the leader of the
regent’s experience teem of professionals conducting the
2020 Census in the regional office. And the regional office
is a vital part of our national decennial
team and partners across the nation. The effort is led by Tim Olsen
and Deputy Director Ron, who are peared today and may assist us in
certifying question. I’m pleased to introduce to you,
director Fernando Armstrong. [APPLAUSE]
>>thank you, Mr. Dillingham and thanks for everyone to be here. Just a quick thing on the
interaction yesterday at the school, he was
very quick at saying, I’m younger
than him. He couldn’t wait. Anyway, we’re happy to be here,
Philadelphia, as you know is our home here in our regional office
which is just very close to here.
And we’re celebrating the special connection between the
Constitution and Census. As I the director said, our goal
in the 2020 Census is to count everyone, count them once, and
in the right place. And I want to report that our
operations to do that very well going very
well. We are on track. We are on time. And we are budgetwise
we are doing very well. Having said that, we need
everyone’s help to make 2020 a successful
Census. We want to make sure that every community, every state, every
area knows the benefits that come to them as a result of the
Census. Hundreds of millions of dollars
every year come back to the community
in ways of schools, roads, hospitals, things that we need
in the communities. Public and private sector,
nonprofit organizations use our data all the time to make some
critical decisions, responding to the Census is a
civic duty that helps our communities and
helps the share of funding throughout the country. Sense data are used to guide how
more than $675 billion are distributed back to the
community. Leaders across all communities
use Census data daily, daily to make critical decisions that
affect all of those. For example, federal funds
districted using Census Bureau data include
the medical assistance program, the
national school lunch program, state
children, health insurance program and many more. Once again, I want to emphasize
that the Census is safe. The director said that. And riewl
continue to hear that all the time even though we are
using technical Cal options that we
didn’t have before. The commitment to confidentiality,
the commitment to * protect people’s information hasn’t
changed. It’s also been there and will continue to be there. All Census employees take a
lifetime oath to protect the
confidentiality and would be subject to serious
financial penalties and imprisonment if
they were to fail maintaining their oath. We did not and cannot and will
not share responses with anyone, and
that includes law enforcement if he
in the federal and local level. There will be no sharing of
information under title 13. Let me mention where we are in terms of the address canvassing
operation that is the director mentioned. And these are large, first
operation in any Census taking. Last month, August 18, we
officially began the address canvassing operation here in
Philadelphia and throughout the nation. We are making sure that the
master address file is accurate, that
it contains all the addresses that
need to contain that we are able to mail
out to them, the invitation so that
people, come March of 2020 can start responding to the Census. We depend heavily on the most
recent file from the U.S. Postal Service. And we are also using satellite
imaginary to improve that file. We’re doing that in a way that
we have not done in the Censuses before. In prior Censuses, we are like
in prior accept census, we are
reviewing 100% of the nation’s addresses. The difference in
2020 is that a large number of the addresses were
verified, were checked in office, using the tools I just
described. So in the field we are going to canvassing about 35% of the
addresses of the country. Right now we have approximately
40,000 temporary employees that are canvassing those areas using a
laptop, making sure the all the addresses are there. The fieldwork focuses on yairlz
where areas where addresses were added or removed over the last
decade or where changes might have occurred. Staff are examining millions of
accept cuss census blocks and comparing
satellite imagery that is available to us. In
Philadelphia, in our region, in our nine statements, I’m proud to
say that we are 78– as of this morning,
we have 78 complete in that preparation. We are proud of
that. And I’m sure that the other five regions are in the
country are also doing well, but not as well as we are.
[Laughter]. This is for the first of our
major operations as I mentioned, and we are also in
the process of hiring approximately or recruiting for
500,000 field staff that might be needed
for the nonresponse follow-up next year. Hopefully between now and then
we can engage with the community. We can engage with the country
and motivate them to do the census
online or on the phone or on a questionnaire so we don’t have
to go and knock on their doors. In terms of the people that have
already applied for those jobs, we have, as of recently, we have 170,000
applicants that have already gone through the process to
apply for the job. So that’s very, very encouraging. We have
people that want to do this job. We have people that are trying
to get to the– through the application
process that are going to be critical for us to be able to do
the job. This year we are recruiting for
the field operations but also recruiting for the offices
opening throughout the country in our nine state region we will
have 36 offices and they are open. They are being staffed. And we are– we feel we are
ready to go for the next operation in
2020. Partnership is another big part
of what we need to build. I’m glad that Stephanie is here.
I’m glad that the mayor in Philadelphia like so many other
mayors and so many other local officials throughout the country have come
to our call to partner with us so that
jointly we can work on doing a good
Census. Right now we are aiming to have
a minimum of 1500 partnership
specialists throughout the country to build
those relationships to engage with the partners to educate the
community about 9 importance of the census, that it is safe,
important, and easy. We need to build the trust in preparation for 2020 and the
partnership staff and the partnership program, along with
the many organizations that are working with us will make that
possible. This is my fifth sense Census.
And I am feeling as excited as I was on my first census. Excited
because I see the use of technology, and I see how we
have evolved through the decades. And if you go to the
Constitution center where we have an exhibit, you can actually see how we have
progressed through the decades. That’s exciting to me to be able
to be part of that. But I am also very excited by
the fact that we are gathering a team of
partners and community organizations and
local officials like Philly counts, like Philadelphia and so many other
complete committees committees throughout
the country. I anticipate this will be an
excellent Census. I want to welcome all the communities and
all the local governments to partner with us and work with us
so that we can make this the best Census ever. Thank you
very much. [APPLAUSE].>>thank you. Thank you,
Fernando. Thank you for that. And now I’d like to introduce a
very special guest that we have with us here today to talk about their
partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. Stephanie Reid is the
Executive Director of Philly counts 2020. In this role, Ms.
Reid is responsible for overseeing the city of
Philadelphia’s efforts to ensure complete and accurate count
including but not limited to convening the city of
Philadelphia’s complete count committee executing and coordinating
engage tragedy and raising awareness
through paid, social efforts. Prior to this it role, she
served as the chief service officer over
the Mayor’s Office where she changed
the national service task force and sat at the steering met in
the volunteer counsel. Please join me in welcoming Ms.
Stephanie Reid. [APPLAUSE]>>* good morning. And welcome
to Philadelphia. Good morning. I am so happy to be here with
you today to celebrate Constitution Day. And I am
thrilled to join the U.S. Census Bureau in welcoming you
to this event. Today is a historic day and we’re excited
to kick it off with you. Could you hear me? [Laughter]. Um, this year, Constitution Day
falls at the beginning of welcoming week, a celebration of
our nation’s most important democratic values. Freedom, and
opportunity. This is has been a priority of
mayor Kinney’s administration, making people feel welcome in
our city. And that’s why the 2020 Census is a priority for
us. I want to thank mayor Kinney for
his vision and creating the Philly counts office. We are committed to supporting
and elevating the work of the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure
every person is counted once, only once, and in the correct
place. I also want to thank the many
elected officials who have shown their support, all of the
members of mayor Kinney’s complete count committee are
volunteers and the community based organizations who have
been working closely with us to prepare for today and the future
work that we will ensure a complete and accurate count.
Philadelphia has a large number of people who have historically
been undercounted for a variety of reasons. We know that people
are more receptive to information about the Census
when it comes from trusted sources like a friend, a
neighbor or a community leader. Philadelphia has a long history
of civic infrastructure that support public works and we aim
to build on that infrastructure. Today as part of this commitment
we’re proud to launch our Census
champion training program. Our goal today is to train more
than 1,000 people to talk about the Census and why every person
needs to be counted. A Census champion is a trusted
mention messenger, to educate are
friends and family why the Census is important and why they
should participate. The Census champion training program is a
90 Ming session in which participants will learn
everything they need to learn about the Census and how to
support the work of the U.S. Census Bureau and Philly
counts. Since this champion training sessions will be
delivered today all across our city in seven languages,
English, Spanish, mandarin, can tow
niece, a ra quick, Vietnamese, and Korean. To prepare for today, our *
small but mighty team of ten has worked
since April to built an frac based on trust. Community
organizations are a crucial part of our engagement strategy. And
today they will be hosting more than 70 free trainings in the
greater Philadelphia area. That is how we honor our
Constitution. By preparing an advance for a
complete and accurate Census, the cornerstone of our
democracy. For anyone who is unable to join
the training today in person, the Philly counts Census
champion training will be available through an online
learning learning platform that could be accessed through their
app. And I’m happy to say the
September 17 is only the beginning. We already have more
than a dozen additional trainings scheduled today, after
today, and will continue to work with community based
organizations to offer the Census champion training all
around the city. We know that we’re asking a lot
of our community based organizations who already do so
much to support the most marge enal eyesed in our communities.
That’s why we’re partnering with the greater work Philadelphia offer
many grant opportunities. This fund will provide crucial
small dollar grants to offset the cost of printing, supplies, and other
census related work. We know they’re crucial to a complete
and accurate count and we want to support that in anyway
possible. I’d like to thank you all for
being with us today and shedding light on this important civic
duty. I look forward to seeing many of
you throughout our training later today. Thank you so
much. [APPLAUSE]. >>thank you. Thank you, Stefy. Before we Stephanie. Before we rap up wrap up. Data from the Census Bureau
economic Census will be released later this week, September 19 on
our first look report. The 2017 economic Census
collects data on 4.1 million business locations. The first
report provides U.S. level data by industry on
general business statistics such as the number of establishments,
revenue, payroll and even employment.
All data released are planned to be completed by December December
2021. Later this month, the 2018
community survey, one year data will be available for the
nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every
congressional district, every metropolitan area and all
counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. This year ACS data products will
be released on the Census Bureau
new data dissemination bureau, data.Ken.
gov. I invite you all to follow the Census Bureau on social
media. You can find us on Facebook,
LinkedIn and also on Youtube under the U.S. Census Bureau.
We also are on Twitter and Instagram and we are at U.S.
Census bureau. I encourage you to sign up for
email notifications to stay up to date and you can always
contact the public information at PIO at Census.

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