2020 Census: Everyone Counts
OFM serves as the liaison between the state and the U.S. Census Bureau and acts as an advocate on census-related issues for Washington. In addition to being used to draw political boundaries, census data is used to distribute more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds to states, counties and cities. Private and public agencies, organizations, businesses and others also use census data to help decide where to build schools, roads, health care facilities and senior centers.
With 2020 Census data collection ended, OFM is closely tracking data quality and accuracy. In a series of analyses, OFM has registered its concern about the bureau’s plan to adopt a new disclosure avoidance system referred to as Differential Privacy. OFM will closely follow all reports addressing data quality concerns arising from the last-minute design changes in the census.