Monday, February 22, 2010

2010 Census Myth and Reality

The Census Bureau is sending out advance letters letting people know that their census forms will be coming in March. Most people will receive their forms in the mail, but those in areas where mail is not delivered uniformly will receive their forms in a plastic bag affixed to their doors. Those who live in remote areas will have face-to-face interviews with Census workers. Those who live on military bases will have forms delivered to housing units.

The 2010 Census form only has 10 questions. No matter what you might have heard to the contrary, all questions must be answered. If not, census workers will come to your door to complete the form via a face-to-face interview.

President Obama stresses the importance of participating in the census:
“Every 10 years, our Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census. This helps determine your representation in Congress, as well as how federal funds are spent on things like schools and roads, and where businesses decide to put new stores and factories. So when you get your census form in mid-March, take about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions — remembering to include everyone in your household. Because we can't move forward until you mail it back.”

For more information about how the Census operates, see the Census blog.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget of the United States Government & DOD Budget Proposal

The Budget of the United States Government Fiscal Year 2011 is now available. Budget documents are available as PDFs digitally signed to ensure authenticity.

The Department of Defense also released its 2011 budget proposal along with a summary containing charts. The summary ends with a chart showing the 2010 war funding supplemental request. Strategic defense reviews including the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR), and the Space Posture Review (SPR) are also posted.