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March 2017

2020 Federal Census & American Community Survey

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released information about its planned subjects for the upcoming Decennial Census of Population and Housing (commonly referred to as the 2020 Census). Federal agencies, businesses, researchers, and even our local libraries use the data collected to make important decisions that impact you.

2020 Census Program Memorandum Series: 2017.09 documents the submission of planned subjects for the 2020 Federal Census and American Community from the U.S. Census Bureau (Department of Commerce) to Congress.

Subjects Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey handbook explains the relationship between the proposed subjects and how the collected data benefits communities and federal agencies. Also explains how federal agencies use the data.

Census Bureau Blog: Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey. This blog post explains the legal requirement to submit the planned subjects and also their decision on the request from 75 members of Congress to include sexual orientation and gender identity as subjects for the American Community Survey.

Archive of entries in “Documents in the Spotlight”

Government Documents and Maps are part of the Reference Department of the Porter Henderson Library. The Collections are housed in a newly-remodeled corner of the Basement. The Library has been a selective depository for the Federal Depository Library Program since 1964 and a member of the Texas State Publications Depository Program since 1963. Budget cuts to the Texas State Library & Archives during the 2011 Legislative session, however, effectively ended the state publication program in July, 2011.

If you have questions regarding government publications or other government information, please contact Kim Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian, at 325-486-6527, or