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Inspector General Criticizes Census Bureau Test
The 2015 Census Test allowed the Census Bureau to begin developing a field operations management approach, which may make data collection operations more efficient and effective. The OMB Inspector General audited the 2015 Census Test (conducted in portions of Maricopa County, Arizona) to evaluate whether changes to the Bureau's 2020 Census research and testing strategy, along with R&T delays, increases the risk that the Bureau will not be able to achieve its estimated cost savings goal while maintaining the quality of the 2020 Census. The IG concluded that the Bureau has not reported test results and has executed an inadequately designed 2015 test. The IG further concluded, "These findings may hinder the bureau's ability to achieve 2020 Census cost and quality goals."

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