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Gustafson Award

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The Gustafson Award was established in 2012 to remember one of our dear colleagues, Randy Gustafson from the Tennessee SDC, who also served on the SDC Steering Committee. Randy was a wonderful person and a big part of the SDC family. The Gustafson Award was created in his memory to honor outstanding contributions to the SDC network.

The Gustafson Award nomination form is here: Gustafson Nomination Form

Anyone can submit a nomination and based on the by-laws, nominations are due in the Fall of each year.  Please see the timeline for steering committee action regarding the Gustafson Award in Section 6.

The winner will be announced during the following SDC Annual meeting.

Past awardees:

  • 2013 – Pam Schenker, FL
  • 2014 – Julie Hoang, CA
  • 2015 – John Blodgett, MO
  • 2016 – David Drozd, NE
  • 2017 – The Minnesota Population Center, specifically the project team that designed the National Historical Geographic Info System, including Wendy Thomas, Steven Ruggles, and Mark Lindberg, MN
  • 2018 – Bob Coats, NC
  • 2019 – Dan Veroff, WI
  • 2020 – Todd Graham, MN

Adjustments to 2020 Census Operations

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The State Data Center (SDC) Steering Committee, on behalf of the 1,800 affiliates of the State Data Center network, submitted this letter to the Census Bureau (Director Dillingham) expressing our concern over adjustments to 2020 Census operations and their impact on Census data quality.

 

The Census Bureau issued this press release on Monday, August 3, 2020 —
Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:  Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count – Release Number CB20-RTQ.23

 

New York Times article links to the SDC Steering Committee Letter

Follow up NY Times story that included an interview of Bob Coats, Chair, SDC Steering Committee

2020 Census Operational Timeline — Update

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The Census Bureau has released an updated timeline for the 2020 Census due to COVID-19.

A PDF of the latest updated operational timeline is also available.

White Screen or Access Denied Work-arounds on data.census.gov

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Posted on behalf of Census Bureau/ CLMSO and Census Bureau/ CEDSCI. This post discusses the website status as of March 17, 2020. More information will be coming.

We are so sorry you are having issues. In the majority of cases, the white screen or error message is an issue with the ASM security policy from the Census Bureau. We are working with TCO on this issue, but they are severely understaffed and we need their guidance to figure out next steps on how to implement changes in our code. We are working on getting this fixed, but we do not have a timetable other than it is an URGENT defect.

There are a few things people can do:
1. Use Chrome
2. Clear your cache
3. Enter the site through Advanced Search at data.census.gov/cedsci/advanced
4. Still not working or getting Error messages, send to cedsci.feedback@census.gov

White Screen WorkArounds: Slides are attached.

If anyone has questions, issues or problems with data.census.gov, they are encouraged to contact us at cedsci.feedback@census.gov

Please pass this email on to your Stakeholder and Partners.

Thank you,
The CEDSCI and DUB Staff

2020 Census Webinar — Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Operation

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A webinar was held by the Census Bureau on February 11, 2020 for the State Data Center Network.

The PowerPoint is also available.