A government watchdog agency is sending up warning flares about the readiness of U.S. Census Bureau IT systems being used in the 2010 census project, which is set to begin on April 1 of next year.
In a report released this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office predicted that the 2010 census will be "the most expensive census in the nation's history, even after adjusting for inflation." The Census Bureau has estimated the total cost of the project at more than $14 billion. The first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 at a cost of $44,000 and counted 3.9 million people.
You can read more about this expensive project in ComputerWorld at http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9129157&source=NLT_PM.
My thanks to Mike Stuart for telling me about this article.