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Census saves $1.6 billion in operational savings.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that it has returned $1.6 billion in 2010 Census operational savings.

According to a letter from the Census Bureau to partner organizations, the savings were realized from contingency funding set aside in case a major natural disaster or operational breakdown took place, which has not happened. There were also savings as a result of lower costs during the door-to-door, nonresponse-follow-up operation, mostly because 72 percent of households returned the questionnaire by mail, more than projected or predicted by independent oversight agencies. This meant fewer homes had to be visited to obtain census answers.

"This is a significant accomplishment and we would like to thank the American people for standing up and being counted and the hundreds of thousands of dedicated census workers all across the country who helped the Census Bureau fulfill this Constitutional mandate," the letter stated. "Our sincerest appreciation also goes out to the more than 255,000 partners who joined us in the important effort."

NLC helped kick off the Census Bureau's Take 10 Challenge, holding a press conference at the NLC offices last March.

The Census Bureau is conducting rigorous quality assurance operations this summer to ensure a complete and accurate count.

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Author:Turner, Laura
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 16, 2010
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