U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh tells DOJ attorney Aleks Sverdlov at court conference: "I was very disappointed and surprised to see the government just say, 'We're not complying with the court's order. You're not going to get a page more today. Goodbye.' "
2. Judge Koh: Is it the Census Bureau's position that it will never complete production of an administrative record before Sept. 30?

DOJ attorney Brad Rosenberg: "We're not in the position to make that type of statement."
3. "Does that not seem peculiar to you?" Judge Koh asks DOJ attorney Aleks Sverdlov, noting only docs Trump admin has released so far that are "really responsive" are iterations of this Aug. 3 slide deck that House oversight committee has already released:
documentcloud.org/documents/7196…
4. Here are the 3 different iterations of the Aug. 3 slide deck "Operational and Processing Options to Meet Statutory Date of December 31, 2020 for Apportionment":

- documentcloud.org/documents/7207…
- documentcloud.org/documents/7207…
- documentcloud.org/documents/7207…
5. Before calling a 15-minute break in conference, Judge Koh asked DOJ & plaintiffs' attorneys to discuss their views on extending temporary restraining order to give Trump admin to complete administrative record so the judge can fully rule on the case and give time for appeals.
6. DOJ refused to directly answer Judge Koh's questions about whether the Census Bureau is going to impose a Sept. 30 deadline for #2020Census data collection in areas affected by wildfires, major storms & COVID-19 resurgence.
7. Judge Koh pointed out there's been smoke from wildfires for days in the San Jose, Calif. courthouse she is in and noted there are courthouse workers who have had to evacuate their homes and had their neighborhoods destroyed.
8. Judge Koh coughed into her clenched left hand multiple times as DOJ attorney Brad Rosenberg tried to push back on the judge's request for the Census Bureau to provide door-knocking completion rates for all areas affected by wildfires, major storms or COVID-19 resurgence.
9. Judge Koh (after noting that the air in San Jose, Calif., has been declared unsafe for 28 days): "If you really care about an accurate count, how are we going to account for these things that is a reality for us? This is what we're living with."
10. Judge Koh noted that from April 13 to Aug. 3 the Census Bureau extended #2020Census data collection to Oct. 31 "even absent authorization from Congress."

"Why did the Census Bureau go out and tell all of its partners Oct. 31 was the deadline for months?" the judge asked.
11. "This is a problem for Congress to solve," DOJ attorney Aleks Sverdlov said in response to Judge Koh's question about whether Census Bureau is going to make any exceptions to the 9/30 end date for counting for areas affected by wildfires, major storms, COVID-19 resurgence.
12. To try to get a quick decision, Judge Koh suggests DOJ turn over all docs Census Bureau submitted for Commerce Dept Office of Inspector General's inquiry (see below) for judge to privately review. DOJ has until midnight PT to decide what to do.
13. Here are the internal documents and communications related to the decision to shorten the #2020Census schedule that the @uscensusbureau was supposed to turn over to @CommerceOIG by Aug. 17: To assist the OIG in its oversight responsibilities, please
@uscensusbureau @CommerceOIG 14. Judge Koh has ordered the Trump admin to send by today copies of these documents for the judge to privately review to determine if the admin properly asserted privilege to not release them for the lawsuit over the shortened #2020Census schedule: 8/3/2020 13:39, Christopher Denno, operational and processin8/4/2020 0:11Ali Mohammad Ahmad (CENSUS/ADCOM FED)Embargoed
@uscensusbureau @CommerceOIG 15. Questions that Judge Koh wants DOJ to answer for this lawsuit over shortened #2020Census schedule:

Has Trump admin provided the court with the latest version of this Aug. 3 slide deck, which was 1st released by House oversight committee on Sept. 2?
documentcloud.org/documents/7196…
@uscensusbureau @CommerceOIG 16. How many #2020Census workers, if any, have been laid off (and where) for reasons not related to work performance since Judge Koh issued the temporary restraining order on Sept. 5?
@uscensusbureau @CommerceOIG 17. In areas affected by wildfires, major storms and/or COVID-19 resurgence:
- how are #2020Census door knockers making 6 contact attempts?
- how will bureau complete counting if 9/30 is end date - through gov't records & imputation?
- what's completion rate for door knocking?

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21 Sep
NEW: Emails show career officials at the Census Bureau tried to warn the Trump admin that cutting the #2020Census schedule short would lead to "fatal data quality flaws that are unacceptable" and risked the perception of "politically-manipulated results."
npr.org/2020/09/20/914…
2. These internal emails, memos and other docs were released this weekend as part of the Nat'l Urban League-led lawsuit in California over the shortened #2020Census schedule. They show career officials trying to hold the integrity of the census together in the last weeks of July.
3. I started this thread earlier this weekend with some highlights from what I found in the documents. Stand by for more #2020Census receipts...
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19 Sep
THREAD: After digging through Trump admin's document dump for a lawsuit over shortened #2020Census schedule, I found this email showing Census Bureau CFO Ben Page unsure of what to tell leaders in Congress re: if the bureau still needed reporting deadlines extended as of July 20 Dropping KDK and Dan; I have already heard from 3 of the 4 c
2. By July 21, the Census Bureau apparently had "developed a plan in response to Secretarial direction to provide an apportionment count by the statutory deadline of December 31, 2020," according to this slide dated 7/21 (DOC_0007297) for a 8/10 census steering committee briefing
3. There's a heavily redacted 21-page memo with the file name "20200327-Memo on UndocumentedFINAL.pdf" (DOC 0007092) that Victoria Velkoff, the Census Bureau's associate director for demographic programs, and Chief Scientist John Abowd prepared for Deputy Director Ron Jarmin. March 27, 2020 MEMORANDUM FOR Dr. Ron S. Jarmin, Deputy Dire
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18 Sep
NEW: Census Bureau's Census Scientific Advisory Committee unanimously recommends #2020Census operational timeline be extended as bureau requested in April to "ensure a successful completion" in a way that's based on "scientific & methodological expertise"
documentcloud.org/documents/7213… To ensure a successful completion of the 2020 Census in a wa
2. "When the weather isn’t right, we postpone the launching of rockets into space," the committee says. "The same should be true of the decennial enumeration, the results of which will impact apportionment, redistricting, funding decisions, legal mandates...over the next decade."
3. Census Scientific Advisory Committee unanimously recommends bureau have full 6 months it requested in April for processing #2020Census results to "reduce the risk of failing to identify key errors" and produce data of "comparable quality" to past counts
documentcloud.org/documents/7213… the CSAC recommends that the Census Bureau have the time it
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18 Sep
Day 2 of the last scheduled Census Scientific Advisory Committee meeting before the end of the #2020Census has started.

You can listen by calling 1-888-946-7616 (Passcode: 8708263), and here's the webinar link: census.webex.com/census/onstage…
2. You can find slide decks for the presentations on citizenship data, differential privacy and construction data programs here:
census.gov/about/cac/sac/…
3. Here's the slide deck of @uscensusbureau updates on using government records to produce data on the U.S. citizenship status of every adult living in the U.S.
documentcloud.org/documents/7213…
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15 Sep
NEW: The temporary restraining order pausing the wind-down of #2020Census operations may be extended to Sept. 24, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh says during a court conference for the Nat'l Urban League-led lawsuit over shortened #2020Census schedule. Court order's expected tonight
2. The Trump admin missing a deadline for producing a complete record of internal Commerce Dept documents & its inability to produce other docs in time, as ordered by Judge Koh, have led to schedule changes for the case that require the temporary restraining order to be extended.
3. Judge Koh said she'll do her "utmost to get a ruling out as soon as possible" after a hearing tentatively set for Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. PT re: plaintiffs' preliminary-injunction request.

"I understand the urgency of the ruling and the gravity of the situation here," Koh said.
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6 Sep
I know the #2020Census doesn’t get as much attention as the election, but did you know the results of this “boring” and “unsexy” count are expected to determine how much power each voter has in choosing the next U.S. president in 2024 & 2028? #DontForgetAboutTheElectoralCollege
Maybe political power isn’t your thing.

What about money?

What about the $1,500,000,000,000 (that’s $1.5 trillion) a year in federal tax dollars that are distributed based in part on your community’s census count to fund Medicare, Medicaid, education, roads, public services?
Another thing about the #2020Census that’s often overlooked is how it informs policy makers, business owners & researchers.

Getting the count right means that by the time there’s a coronavirus vaccine, we’re more likely to know how many vaccination shots each part of U.S. needs.
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