The Census Reform Act of 2013

This proposed legislation is really radical [H.R. 1638]. It would eliminate all surveys collected by the Census Bureau: Economic Census, Census of Governments, Census of Agriculture and a non-existent mid-decade census. Furthermore, it would limit the census to a population count.

In short:

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law–
(1) the Secretary may not conduct any survey, sampling, or other questionnaire, and may only conduct a decennial census of population as authorized under section 141; and
(2) any form used by the Secretary in such a decennial census may only collect information necessary for the tabulation of total population by States
(b) Repeal of Survey, Questionnaire, or Sampling Authority- Sections 182, 193, and 195 of title 13, United States Code, are repealed.

The Census Project Blog discusses this in more detail:
What We Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Us (Right?)
Teri Ann Lowenthal | The Census Project Blog
April 23, 2013

If Congress only wants a head-count census, will they fund a ‘mandatory population register?’ This is something New Zealand is considering:

National Census Could be Scrapped
National News | TVNZ
April 23, 2013

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