[Hpn] Report Presses for Adjusted Data;Follow-up Re: Census & Homelessness

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Tue, 03 Jul 2001 12:27:03 -0400


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Monday July 2 7:15 PM ET
Report Presses for Adjusted Data
By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2000 head count missed more people in counties with 
larger minority populations, said a Democratic-backed report released Monday 
that pressed for the release of adjusted census data.

Bronx County in New York topped the list with 2.7 percent of the county's 
population missed, according to estimates from members appointed by former 
President Clinton (news - web sites) to the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, an 
oversight panel.

Hidalgo County, Texas, located on the U.S-Mexico border, had the second 
highest undercount rate at an estimated 2.4 percent.

Associate Census Bureau (news - web sites) director John Thompson 
immediately questioned the accuracy of the report, which was based on 2000 
census figures but not backed by the bureau or members appointed by 
congressional Republicans.

The report said the census raw count missed 6.4 million people, primarily 
minorities, the poor and children.

Thompson countered that an adjustment of census data using statistical 
sampling could have made up for an estimated undercount of 4.3 million 
people, but about half of those missed would have been non-Hispanic white.

It was the latest move by Democrats demanding that the Bush administration 
release adjusted data.

``Taxpayers paid more than $6.5 billion for the census and they deserve to 
see all the census results,'' said Gilbert Casellas, co-chair for the 
Democratic board members.

In March, Commerce Secretary Don Evans agreed with a bureau recommendation 
against an adjustment of census figures for purposes of redrawing 
congressional, state and local legislative districts.

There were too many discrepancies - between adjusted data, the actual 2000 
head count and a third survey used to measure accuracy - to allow the 
release of sampled numbers, the bureau said.

Left undecided is whether adjusted data can be used for purposes other than 
redistricting, including the distribution of more than $185 billion in 
federal dollars to states and localities. The bureau said it would decide by 
autumn.

``Why they risk confusing the public with population guesses that obscure 
the real Census is a mystery best explained by politics, not science,'' said 
David Murray, a GOP board member.

The report estimated undercounts for counties with over 500,000 people. The 
county with the largest estimated numerical undercount was Los Angeles 
County, Calif., with 176,047 people missed.

After the report's release, Casellas sent a letter to Senate Democrats 
renewing complaints that the board's final report to Congress this fall 
could be based on incomplete figures because of bureau proposals that would 
restrict oversight.

The board is scheduled to disband in September.

Thompson also said Monday that the bureau report on homeless shelters to be 
released this fall would include figures down to the ``census tract,'' one 
of the smallest levels of census geography.

But it will not include data on people counted in soup kitchens or those 
sleeping on the streets. Several Democrats and local city officials have 
said they thought those figures would also be released.

The bureau would consider making the additional data public ``if there was 
some kind of need or necessity for it, but right now it's not in the 
plans,'' Thompson said.

The agency's plans for releasing homeless data were backed by the National 
Coalition for the Homeless and other advocacy groups, he said.

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On the Net:

Census Monitoring Board: http://www.cmbp.gov/

Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov

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Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA


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