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2020 Census Operational Plan

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2020 Census Operational Plan v4.0

This document is version 4.0 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.

Operational Design Integration Models

Supplement to the 2020 Census Operational Plan v4.0.

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2020 Census Operational Plan v3.0

Version 3.0 of the 2020 Census Operational Plan describes the current 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. It describes what will be done during the 2020 Census and, at a high level, how the work will be conducted. Additional specifics of how each operation will be performed are documented in individual 2020 Census Detailed Operational Plans, which are being created on a rolling schedule. These detailed plans include the business process models that have been developed for each operation. They also identify the set of activities that comprise the operation and the interactions among related operations.

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2020 Census Operational Plan v2.0

Version 2.0 of the 2020 Census Operational Plan describes the current design of the 2020 Census. The purpose of this document is to provide the background information that supports evidence-based decision making in our 2020 Census design. It reflects the most current status of our operations and planning for conducting the census. This version of the 2020 Census Operational Plan provides updates on: our planned tests and milestone schedule, program and project risks, descriptions of the census operations, the quality analysis process, and design decisions, including those decisions that have been made and those that remain.

Please note that the 2020 Census Operational Plan v2.0 reflects the Operational Design for the 2020 Census as of August 31, 2016. The Operational Plan has not been updated to reflect the decision announced on October 18, 2016 to stop work on two field test operations in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to mitigate program risk amidst funding uncertainty. For more information on this announcement, please view the 2020 Census Decision Memorandum Series: “Adjustment of the FY 2017 Test Scope.”

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2020 Census Operational Plan v1.0

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Census Operational Plan documents the current design for conducting the 2020 Census. As the initial version of an emerging concept of operations, it reflects and supports evidence-based decision making by describing design concepts and their rationale, identifying decisions still to be made, and describing significant issues and risks related to the implementation of the Operational Plan.

The 2020 Census Operational Plan was re-posted on December 31, 2015 with a new look and feel. There were no content changes to the document previously released on October 1, 2015.

Related Information


.pdf   Written Testimony of Directory John H. Thompson on the 2020 Census Operational Plan   [<1.0 MB]
Written Testimony of John H. Thompson Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform November 3, 2015
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