|Committee||Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|
|Date||December 15, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||John Gray|
S.3167 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) on March 25, 2010.
S. 3167 would amend current law to provide for a five-year term of office for the Director of the Census beginning on January 1, 2012, and prohibits any particular individual from serving more than two full terms.
The bill would require the Director to be able to demonstrate the ability to manage large organizations, as well as show experience in the collection, analysis, and use of statistical data. In addition, the bill stipulates that the Director should report directly to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, without being required to report to any other official of the department.
Finally, the bill would require the Director to provide a plan to Congress on how the Bureau will test, develop, and implement an internet response option for the 2020 Census.
Member Concerns: According to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Republicans, members may have concerns with this bill based on the following:
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.