The Census Bureau announced on Monday that it intends to wrap up its count on Oct. 5, despite a judge’s order to continue the census through the end of October.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge’s order Trump admin asks Supreme Court to fast-track excluding people in U.S. illegally from census Trump ‘very happy’ to allow TikTok to operate in US if security concerns resolved MORE declared that Oct. 5 was the “target date” to finish self-response and field data collection operations, the Census Bureau posted on Twitter on Monday.
The Oct. 5 deadline would fall more than three weeks earlier than the cutoff date set by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, an Obama appointee, in an order last week.
The Secretary of Commerce has announced a target date of October 5, 2020 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations.
— U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) September 28, 2020
August Flentje, the special counsel to the assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, said Ross’s Monday announcement “reflects the most current planning” and the government can answer questions about the Oct. 5 deadline in the coming days, according to CNN.
Koh has requested the government send in documentation on how the recent decision was made.
Koh’s order prevented the administration from shutting down the census by Sept. 30, a month earlier than the scheduled end date, after Ross abruptly moved the counting deadline forward last month.
Ross’s August announcement moved the deadline to report numbers to the president to Dec. 31 instead of the April 2021 planned date.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge’s order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE’s administration appealed Koh’s preliminary injunction from last Thursday to a higher court, CNN reported.
Earlier on Monday, government attorneys informed the court that the bureau was determining how to direct its supervisors to continue until the Oct. 31 deadline, according to the network.
The Government Accountability Office released a report last month saying the administration’s move to push forward the collection deadline puts the 2020 census at greater risk of being inaccurate.
The census, which is conducted every 10 years, helps determine how hundreds of billions in federal funding is distributed.