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National Academies of Sciences Oppose Citizenship Question Addition to 2020 Census

August 15, 2018 (1 min read)

Committee on National Statistics’ Task Force on the 2020 Census, National Academies of Sciences, Aug. 7, 2018 - "The addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire, as described in the Federal Register notice and the Secretary’s decision memo, does not demonstrate practical utility as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, and the use of the census data to seed a “statistical reference list” raises concerns about whether the intended uses comport with the mission of a federal statistical agency. The late-stage insertion of a new and untested question in the 2020 census would almost certainly have damaging effects on the 2020 decennial census."