2000 Census:

Update on Data Capture Operations and System

AIMD-00-324R: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Bureau of the Census' progress in: (1) performing first-pass data capture operations, including the performance of the Data Capture System 2000; (DCS) and (2) modifying DCS 2000 to perform planned second-pass data capture operations.

GAO noted that: (1) the Bureau has made good progress on first-pass data capture operations; (2) in particular, the Bureau met its milestone for completing its processing of questionnaires that households mailed back, and it finished processing of questionnaires completed by enumerators ahead of schedule; (3) in addition, DCS 2000 has exceeded its key performance goals, such as optical character recognition accuracy, in support of first-pass operations; and (4) the Bureau's contractor responsible for modifying DCS 2000 to support second-pass operations is proceeding slightly ahead of schedule and that the contractor is employing effective management controls in testing the modified system.

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