Friday News: Good

The Senate voted to approve John Thompson as the new Census Bureau director. As a reminder, the term for the Census Bureau director is now a fixed 5-year term, which would normally have started in 2012 and ended in 2016. [See this post, for clarification.]

Thompson Confirmed as Census Bureau Director
Census Bureau
Friday, August 2, 2013

Acting Director, Thomas Mesenbourg closed out his tenure with some thoughts about the importance of the federal statistical system for democracy

Farewell from Tom Mesenbourg
Director’s Blog | Census Bureau
August 1, 2013

“Democracies require statistics that are credible, trusted, nonpartisan, and relevant”

Convincing Congress of that will be one of the many challenges facing Thompson.

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