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DeLauro Asks Census Bureau Director for Additional Information on New Household Pulse Survey

May 19, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 19, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, sent a letter to the United States Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham seeking additional information on the experimental Household Pulse Survey being conducted over the next three months.

“According to the announcement, the results of this survey aim to provide useful information to the public, businesses, and policymakers for understanding how changes in business operations, employment, hours, and the availability of consumer goods and services are impacting American life. I have serious concerns regarding how this information will be used once it is collected,” wrote DeLauro. “I have additional concerns related to how the collection of this information will be protected, and am eager to understand how the information will be disseminated across government agencies.”

In particular, DeLauro is seeking information on:

  • Where this information will be posted;
  • Who will have access to this information;
  • How long the information will be available;
  • How and when the Census Bureau plans to present this information to Congress, including the Appropriations Committee;
  • What funding accounts were used for the Household Pulse and Small Business surveys; and,
  • If the Census Bureau has plans to transmit the information gathered from these surveys to State and Local governments.

A signed copy of DeLauro’s letter can be found here.