As a vital geospatial data component, the quadrennial U.S. Census of 2010 is a critical data collection exercise for spatial analysts. There have been ongoing hints that the preparations aren’t going well, including the disappointing cancellation of handheld GPS receivers in the Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) Program, instead going with paper-based collection.
Recent discussions of the appointment of Commerce Secretary, have highlighted problems that are ongoing with the Census preparation. Just last wee Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican was slated for the position, bu there was a subsequent withdrawal centered on who is going to control the process.
The White House has stated a strong plan to be engaged in the Census collection process, probably given it’s current disrepair. The Obama administration seems to be intent on avoiding any Katrina-like charges of incompetence.
Regardless of the appointment of Commerce Secretary, it will be nice to get someone appointed soon to make a quick and good assessment, and to correct any issues. I’m looking forward to hearing some encouraging news soon.