Deputy Secretary Graves Applauds U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis for Producing Quality, Accurate and Equitable Data During Pandemic
July 27, 2021
Tue, 07/27/2021 - 09:34
Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves greets staff at the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) headquarters in Suitland, MD.
Today, the nation demands data about our people, places and the economy that is more timely, accurate, and granular than ever before. Earlier this month, Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves visited the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) headquarters in Suitland, MD and thanked them for their ongoing commitment to data innovation, quality and accuracy and for providing the nation with quality data to inform and guide the American people.
Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves with U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis leadership.
During a roundtable discussion with leadership from both bureaus, Graves applauded staff for continuing their efforts to innovate despite operational challenges posed by the pandemic. Specifically, Graves praised U.S. Census Bureau leadership and staff for achieving a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
“The staff of the Census Bureau braved the uncertainties of the pandemic, knocking on hundreds of thousands of doors collecting tens of millions of survey responses to ensure that everyone was counted,” Graves stated to Census Bureau leadership. “On behalf of the Biden Administration, thank you for everything you did to maintain this cornerstone of our democracy.”
In addition to the 2020 Census, Graves praised the Census Bureau’s ongoing work to provide timely and accurate data on our country’s people and businesses through the Household and Small Business Pulse Surveys. These surveys provide data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households and businesses and are disseminated in near real-time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning.
“These surveys have been a critical component of this Administration’s work to respond to and recover form the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Graves. “This timely data is helping us meet our goals for a more equitable recovery, and highlighting disparities in access to housing, food and employment among people of color.”
Graves also stressed the invaluable importance of these surveys in helping the Administration to ensure they meet vaccination goals and understand when it is safe to ease restrictions.
Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves at the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) headquarters in Suitland, MD.
Throughout the roundtable discussion, Graves heard from leadership and experts at both agencies on how to ensure that equity is centered in data collection, what innovations should be invested in to improve future data, and how we can protect the privacy of survey respondents while still providing accurate data, especially to marginalized groups.
Graves also praised both bureaus for maintaining all data security protocols and delivering high-quality Principal Federal Economic Indicators on time and when they were most critically needed – during a pandemic and an historically deep and unusual recession. Both Census and BEA produce some of the world's most closely watched statistics, including U.S. gross domestic product, new orders for manufactured goods, foreign trade and investment stats, and data on housing and retail sales.
Graves also discussed the important role Census and BEA play in measuring global value chains. Researchers from both bureaus are building links between BEA and Census data to create a more robust picture of globally distributed supply chains.
The Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis are part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Census Bureau mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. BEA promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.
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In the News: Secretary Raimondo Announces Historic Investment in America’s Communities
July 26, 2021
Mon, 07/26/2021 - 12:27
Investing in communities and workers
Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Announces $3 billion in funding the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
Last week, Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced a series of programs to equitably invest the $3 billion in funding the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Secretary Raimondo laid out the Biden Administration’s vision for the investment during the White House press briefing on Thursday.
What people are hearing in their local news:
Associated Press: “This is about real help for communities across the country as they rebuild,” Raimondo said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s about longer-term investments to help communities build themselves back from the bottom up in the ways that work best for them.”
Sinclair: The Biden Administration is set to deliver a $3 billion boost…beginning this morning the government will begin accepting applications for economic development grants intended to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
WABE (NPR Atlanta, GA): The Commerce Department says the focus of the Investing in America's Communities program will be on areas that are economically distressed and underserved they've been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says they'll be looking to fund programs that promote equity.
ABC News: Whether it is investing in a coal mining community, or in regional tourism, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says new "investing in America" grants being announced Thursday are designed so every community in America feels empowered and included to get back on their feet in the wake of the pandemic.
Reuters: There is also $100 million "specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic," the department added.…Some $300 million in funding will also be set aside to aid hard-hit communities dependent on coal and other energy-sector work.
Nexstar: Secretary Raimondo says it will also help support moms who are forced to leave the workforce during the pandemic to take care of their kids
Scripps: The grants are targeted at job training programs, developing new industries, and supporting local infrastructure. Recipients will be picked based on their anticipated return on investment to taxpayers.
NPR: The Biden administration says 3 billion dollars in economic development grants is available to communities to support local infrastructure, job training programs, and to develop new industries.
WDTV (CBS Clarksburg, WV): The West Virginia coal community is eligible to receive millions of dollars in grants courtesy of the American Rescue Plan.
Good Morning San Diego: The grants will go towards supporting local infrastructure jobs, training programs, and developing new industries. Officials hope the grants will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help struggling cities make long term investments.
WSAW (CBS Wausau, WI): President Biden’s administration says it’s making 3-billion dollars in economic development grants available to communities - a tenfold increase in the program paid for by this year's covid-19 relief bill.
KCRA (NBC Sacramento, CA): The goal is to help struggling communities make long term investments to drive development.
What people are saying:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen @SenatorShaheen: $3 billion is heading to communities across NH and the nation to jumpstart our economic recovery from the pandemic. These grants from the #AmericanRescuePlan will invest in infrastructure, job training, education and more.
Senator Joe Manchin @Sen_JoeManchin: GOOD NEWS: West Virginia is eligible to apply for six programs totaling $3 billion from the #AmericanRescuePlan to support economic development across West Virginia and America, and $300M will be invested for coal community economic development. https://www.manchin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/manchin-announces-west-virginia-eligible-for-3-billion-economic-development-funds-300-million-for-coal-communities
Read the fact sheet on the Investment in America’s Communities announcement HERE.
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U.S. Census Bureau to Release First Look at Nation's Demographic Characteristics from 2020 Census
July 15, 2021
Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:27
U.S. Census Bureau Graphic of United States for 2020 Census
The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau by August 16 is set to release in-depth demographic statistics from the 2020 Census that will be used to redraw legislative voting districts.
These follow the April 26 release of the first results from the 2020 Census, which showed that the total population was 331.4 million. The first release determined each state’s share of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The August data release will provide the first look at the demographic characteristics of the nation by state, county and city (down to the census block level), including:
Race and ethnicity.
Occupied and vacant housing units.
People living in group quarters like nursing homes, prisons, military barracks and college dorms.
Aside from showing how the ethnic, racial, and voting age makeup of neighborhoods has changed since the 2010 Census, these detailed data will be used by most state legislatures to redistrict or redraw their political districts for elections.
“While the primary purpose of these data is for states to redraw their districts, these statistics will also tell us how many people live in each county, in each city and in each block,” said James Whitehorne, chief of the Census Bureau’s Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office. “This information will provide a detailed demographic portrait of our nation’s population for communities all across the United States.”
The August release will be in a “legacy” format that governments used in the 2010 and 2000 Censuses. States will use these files to begin their redistricting efforts. By September 30, the Census Bureau will make the same data available online in a more user-friendly format on data.census.gov.
In a new video, James Whitehorne and Nicholas Jones, the Census Bureau’s race/ethnicity Research and Outreach director, discuss what to expect in the upcoming data release.
For more information, view the 2020 Census Redistricting Files Press Kit.
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