Any community or part of it that the 2020 Census fails to count will not be part of many policy and budgetary decisions that will be made in the subsequent decade. For example, 2015 estimates are that Washington may have lost close to $2,000 of federal funds for every individual not counted in 2010. Washington needs an accurate count to ensure that the allocation of taxpayers’ funds is efficient and fair, reflects the reality on the ground, and can create the greatest impact.
In a report released August 27, 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the Census Bureau is behind on finalizing planning for efforts to reach minorities and hard-to-count populations in the 2020 census.
The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from organizations interested in helping ensure a complete count of people in Washington during the 2020 census. Proposals are due by August 24.
The Nonresponse Followup operation (NRFU) will determine the status of the nonresponding addresses to the 2020 Census. NRFU will ascertain whether nonresponding addresses have housing units and whether they are occupied or vacant. If a housing unit is occupied then NRFU will enumerate that housing unit. It is anticipated that 60 percent of all U.S. addresses will self-respond in 2020. The remaining 40 percent of addresses will make up the NRFU universe.