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Officials warned that Wilbur Ross' order shortening census schedule could make it seem politically manipulated

September 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Census Bureau officials warned in mid-July that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' orders to end the 2020 census early risked producing a tally of "unacceptable quality" with "fatal flaws" that carries the stain of "politically-manipulated results."

(CNN)Census Bureau officials warned in mid-July that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' orders to end the 2020 census early risked producing a tally of "unacceptable quality" with "fatal flaws" that carries the stain of "politically-manipulated results. "

By that point, Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, had directed officials to show him within days how they would condense the counting effort.

On July 23, Kathleen Styles, a Census Bureau official who oversees relationships with outside groups, wrote to her colleagues that "the situation will change in the coming days," but that it was worth spreading the message about the risks to an abbreviated count.

About a week after the alarming memo from Styles and her colleagues, Ross instructed Census Bureau officials to present to him in just four days a way to conclude counting on September 30.

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