Cybersecurity

Census servers hacked in 2020

A watchdog report indicates that aging remote-access servers at the Census Bureau were successfully targeted by hackers in early 2020 using a known vulnerability, and while no data was stolen, the incident revealed flaws in the bureau's cybersecurity response.

Digital Government

Cyber and IT challenges remain as Census resumes operations

The IT systems needed to carry out the 2020 Census still face numerous testing challenges and unaddressed critical cybersecurity flaws, according to a new oversight report.

Workforce

GAO, Congress warn on Census staffing, cyber

On the eve of the 2020 census, oversight bodies are warning on risks that could compromise the population count.

Cybersecurity

DHS maps out data sharing with Census Bureau

Data on travel, immigration and enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security will be used by the Census Bureau as part of a plan to determine the number of immigrants and non-citizens residing in the U.S. in the 2020 population count.

Cybersecurity

House passes new stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

House and Senate appropriators are hopeful they can work out their remaining differences on spending bills in the period after the Thanksgiving recess and before the new continuing resolution expires.

Digital Government

GAO again warns of risks in 2020 census

Untested innovations, implementation of IT systems and cybersecurity issues are adding risk to the decennial population count, GAO says.

Digital Government

Peak census web traffic pegged at 120,000 simultaneous users

The Census Bureau is expecting a maximum of 120,000 concurrent respondents to its internet self-response page during the 2020 population count, but it's preparing for much higher loads.

Lawmakers, GAO worry about Census prep

As the Supreme Court weighs the legality of the citizenship question on the 2020 census, Congress and the Government Accountability Office have more immediate concerns about the bureau's ability to conduct an accurate population count.

Senators question IT impact of Census funding

At a Senate hearing, lawmakers raised issues with plans for funding the tech-dependent 2020 Census.

Digital Government

One year out, Census plans a busy final stretch

Tech supporting the 2020 census has performed well in testing, officials said at a Census Day event, but will it scale?

Oversight Dems grill Ross over Census

As a legal battle over the addition of a question on citizenship heads to the Supreme Court, the Commerce Department chief faced questions on Capitol Hill about how and why the question came to be added to the basic 2020 population survey.

Cybersecurity

Census braces for cyberattacks

With less than a year before the 2020 census officially begins, the bureau knows it'll be a prime target for cybersecurity attackers.

IT Modernization

Census demo day showcases open data, AI tools

Open data is fueling federal, private and nongovernmental tech projects aimed at addressing challenges ranging from geospatial mapping and disaster recovery to health care to the workforce.

Digital Government

End-to-end census test took place without 2020 tech

A number of the Census Bureau's plans to save money on the 2020 population count need work, according to an agency watchdog.

Enzi wants answers on Census IT costs

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), head of the Senate Budget Committee, is worried about growing Census IT costs and staffing challenges.

Acquisition

Final census test to include citizenship question

The Census Bureau is including a controversial question about respondent citizenship on its final test, while courts decide its ultimate fate.

Workforce

House Dems put spotlight on Census prep

Following the court ruling invalidating the citizenship question on the 2020 census, House Democrats want to ensure the Census Bureau can handle the preparations required in advance of the national count.

Digital Government

How the shutdown affects open data

Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.

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