2000 Census:

Local Address Review Program Has Had Mixed Results to Date

T-GGD-99-184: Published: Sep 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the implementation of the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program, focusing on: (1) the Bureau of the Census' operational experience to date in implementing LUCA; and (2) local governments' views of the adequacy of local resources to conduct LUCA and of the quality of materials and assistance the Bureau has provided.

GAO noted that: (1) the Bureau invited nearly 16,675 local governments to participate in the LUCA 1998; (2) of these, 6,673 (40 percent) returned material to the Bureau as of August 1999; (3) the remaining jurisdictions did not provide the Bureau with any input; (4) the Bureau does not know whether these jurisdictions: (a) did not review the census address list; or (b) did review the list and decided not to respond to the Bureau; (5) local governments suggested about 7.74 million changes to the Bureau's address list, of which about 5.4 million were suggested additions; (6) the results of GAO's survey suggest that many local governments appeared to be satisfied with the quality of the materials and assistance the Bureau provided; and (7) however, a number of jurisdictions rated these items, and the availability of local resources to review LUCA materials, less favorably.

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