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2020 Census Detailed Operational Plan for: 6. Geographic Programs Operation - Geographic Delineations Component

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The 2020 Census Detailed Operational Plan for the Geographic Programs operation (GEOP) Geographic Delineations Component (GEOP/GD) is intended for use by U.S. Census Bureau managers, staff, contractors, and other internal and external stakeholders working on the 2020 Census. The document presents the detailed operational design for the Geographic Delineations work of the 2020 Census GEOP operation and includes a summary of the operational processes involved; their inputs, outputs, and controls; and the basic mechanisms employed to conduct the operational work. GEOP/GD is one of three components that comprise the overall 2020 Census Geographic Programs operation (GEOP). The design of the other two components, the Geographic Partnership Component (GEOP/GP) and the Geographic Data Processing Component (GEOP/GDP) are described in separate documents.

Anticipated uses of this document include the following:

  • Communication – Documents operational design details for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Planning – Documents planning assumptions and key milestones.
  • Staffing – Documents staffing needs and strategies.
  • Design – Describes operations and flows, which inform design of IT systems, manual processes, and training.
  • Development – Identifies business rules and required capabilities to be developed.
  • Testing – Provides a basis for developing integrated test plans for IT systems and processes.

This document complements the 2020 Census Operational Plan, which presents the initial baseline version of the 2020 Census operational design and covers all operations required to execute the 2020 Census, starting with precensus address and geographic feature updates and ending once census data products are disseminated and coverage and quality are measured.

This document will be updated over time to reflect changes in strategies that result from 2020 Census planning, research, and testing activities. The intended audience for this document includes both internal and external 2020 Census Bureau stakeholders. The content of this plan is appropriate for business, technical, governance, oversight, and project management stakeholders.

Business Process Model

The purpose of this BPM is to describe the Census Operations business processes – activities, resources and key milestones.

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The Geographic Programs Operation (GEOP) provides the geographic foundation in support of the 2020 Census data collection and tabulation activities within the Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) system. The MAF/TIGER system (software applications and databases) serves as the national repository for all of the spatial, geographic, and residential address data needed for census and survey data collection, data tabulation, data dissemination, geocoding services, and map production.

This Detailed Operation Plan is specific to Geographic Delineation. The Geographic Delineation component of the Geographic Programs determines, delineates, and updates the geographic area boundaries to serve two purposes during the 2020 Census: data collection and data tabulation. The Census Bureau divides the nation into these geographies to manage 2020 Census field operations and tabulation activities.

The 2020 Census Detailed Operational Plan for the Geographic Programs Operation (GEOP) Geographic Delineations Component (GEOP/GD) is intended for use by U.S. Census Bureau managers, staff, contractors, and other internal and external stakeholders working on the 2020 Census. The document presents the detailed operational design for the Geographic Delineations work of the 2020 Census GEOP Operation and includes a summary of the operational processes involved; their inputs, outputs, and controls; and the basic mechanisms employed to conduct the operational work. GEOP/GD is one of three components that comprise the overall 2020 Census Geographic Programs Operation (GEOP). The design of the other two components, the Geographic Partnership Component (GEOP/GP) and the Geographic Data Processing Component (GEOP/GDP) are described in separate documents.

This document complements the 2020 Census Operational Plan, which presents the initial baseline version of the 2020 Census operational design and covers all operations required to execute the 2020 Census, starting with precensus address and geographic feature updates and ending once census data products are disseminated and coverage and quality are measured.

This document will be updated over time to reflect changes in strategies that result from 2020 Census planning, research, and testing activities.

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