Census Report Essay

841 Words Oct 24th, 2012 4 Pages
The U.S. Census Bureau Field Data Collection Project: Don’t Count On It
Dominique Reed
Jennifer Gilmore

• How important is the FDCA project for the U.S. Census Bureau? How does it impact decision making and operational activities?
The U.S. Census is an enumeration of the American population performed once every 10 years, also called a decennial census. It is the responsibility of the United States Census Bureau and is used to determine allocation of congressional seats, allocation of federal assistance, and realignment of the boundaries of legislative districts within states. Correctly managing the census leads to billions of dollars in savings, improved service to the public,
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As of this writing, the handhelds have been far too slow and report data too inconsistently to be used reliably for the 2010 census.( Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon Pp.413)

• Classify and describe the problems the Census Bureau faced in implementing its new wireless data collection system. What people, organization, and technology factors caused these problems?
Lack of executive oversight is more common in the federal sector as opposed to the private sector, because there are more incentives in the private sector for executives to perform. Federal projects such as the FDCA project can suffer from lack of accountability for the same reason. The federal government doesn’t use certified program managers and highly qualified executives for these kinds of projects, and they didn’t for the FDCA program. The FDCA suffered from poor communication and appropriate testing procedures. For example, the project team did not specify the testing process to measure performance of handheld devices. It also did not accurately describe the technical requirements of the census to Harris Corp. Due to the immaturity of the mobile technology selected and the inexperience of Harris regarding projects of this size and scale, it was important that the bureau give accurate system requirements and scheduling information, which it failed to do. Implementations of mobile technology tend to be very complicated, requiring sound management and

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