2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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URGING SUPPORT FOR LOCAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2010 CENSUS

WHEREAS, the National Academies of Science recently cited the 2000 address list as one of the major operational problems of the 2000 census; and

WHEREAS, in 1994, Congress passed the Census Address List Improvement Act to facilitate cooperation between the Census Bureau and local governments to improve the census address list, and the Census Bureau operationalized the law in a program titled Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA); and

WHEREAS, the Congressional intent of the Census Address List Improvement Act was two-fold: first the legislators believed that by drawing on the knowledge of local officials the Census Bureau could improve the quality of the address list, and second, Congress believed that local government officials would have more confidence in the quality of the address list if they were active participants in the process, and had the opportunity to review the address list for their jurisdiction before the census count; and

WHEREAS, unfortunately, the LUCA program produced only mixed results according to a GAO report which stated that the level of participation by local governments was low, that those who did participate found the program burdensome, and that the Census Bureau underestimated the time needed to complete the program; and

WHEREAS, many of the problems with the 2000 Census can be resolved by bringing local governments officials into the process earlier, committing greater resources to the address list process, and increasing education so that local officials and Census Bureau employees understand their shared goal,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress and the Administration to commit additional financial and personnel resources to the address list process starting in 2005; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the United States Census Bureau to take the necessary steps to improve the process for working with local governments, including the following:

establishing a senior level position for a person who can respond to the specific issues and problems of local governments regarding the address list, and who can bring together resources from throughout the Census Bureau to change policies and procedures to achieve the desired outcomes.

soliciting input from local governments and the organizations that represent them in developing plans for improving the address list for 2010.

establishing priorities in dealing with address list problems faced by the wide spectrum of local governments across the nation.

testing procedures designed to better list and enumerate the most problematic address types in the 2006 test census.