It's all over but the counting for Census 2000

It's all over but the counting for Census 2000

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

SEPT. 6—Many of the 10,000-plus computers that powered the Census 2000 head count are heading for new locations and new tasks.

Leased machines will return to the integrators that supplied them, and Census Bureau-owned systems will be redistributed among Census and other Commerce Department offices, said J. Gary Doyle, Census 2000 manager for systems integration.

Statisticians and demographers are still analyzing the results of the decennial head count. They face deadlines of Dec. 31 for delivering results to President Clinton and March 31 for providing detailed analyses to the 50 state legislatures for congressional redistricting.

At a Webcast press conference yesterday, Census director Kenneth Prewitt said employees wrapped up virtually all field work during August and that operations remain on schedule.

Bureau officials closed 10 local offices entirely by Sept. 1 and expect to shutter another 160 by midmonth, Prewitt said. The bureau had outfitted each local office with 15 PCs and one server, all from Dell Computer Corp., and five Hewlett-Packard Co. printers.

Twelve regional centers supervised the local Census 2000 offices. The centers were temporary, but their 24 Compaq AlphaServer 4100 clusters will revert to the 12 permanent Census regional offices in the same cities, Doyle said.

The bureau's four regional data capture centers processed an average of 3.3 million forms per day.

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