Why the 2010 Census was Successful

Why the 2010 Census was Successful


Arnold Jackson

Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs
U.S. Census Bureau

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About the Presentation

Why the 2010 Census was Successful

The U.S. Constitution requires a population and housing census every 10 years. The massive undertaking has been referred to as the largest peacetime mobilization in U.S. history. The effort employs some of the most sophisticated technical and operational knowledge and tools available, as well as a work force of more than 500,000 enumerators to count every man, woman and child once, and only once, and in the right place. Census results are the basis for congressional representation as well as the distribution of federal, state and local funds totaling more than $300 billion annually.

Census Day was April 1, 2010. The 2010 Census was completed on time and under budget. The discussion will focus on the contributing factors that made the 2010 Census a success.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:

5:00 PM - Registration Opens 5:30 PM - PM Tools 5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar 6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet (Read More) 7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar 8:00 - Guest Speaker 9:00 - Adjourn


Corporate table for 10: $500 Chapter Members: $45 Non-members: $55 Walkins: $60

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Arnold Jackson

U.S. Census Bureau
Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs

Arnold Jackson is the Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs at the U.S. Census Bureau.

He provides executive leadership for 2010 decennial census and related programs, and is principal adviser to the executive staff, providing overall direction, planning and coordination for all decennial census operations.  Jackson effectively managed the complex financial, technical, operational, and quality components of the 2010 Census, the nation’s largest domestic federal activity.  He directed five decennial division chiefs and two program office chiefs toward the timely completion of 2010 Decennial activities while serving on the Executive Steering Committee for the 2020 Decennial Census.  Jackson is also a diversity affinity group Executive Champion and serves on executive boards for quality management.

Before returning to the Census Bureau in September 2002, Jackson was president and a member of the board of directors of an information management consultancy.  His work for defense intelligence and civilian clients included strategic planning, enterprise architecture, technology strategies and process reengineering.  He also implemented programs and practices in support of the Clinger-Cohen Act, a 1996 law designed to improve the way the federal government acquires and manages information technology. 
During his previous tenure at the Census Bureau, Jackson was the first associate director and chief information officer to serve on the director’s executive staff.  He was chief of the former Decennial Operations Division, pioneering the use of highly distributed information-technology solutions for decennial census nationwide support.  That division became the Decennial System and Contracts Management Office for the 1990 Census.

Jackson came to the Census Bureau after several years in the management consulting business where he was a partner and director in a minority-owned business consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

While serving as the CIO, Jackson won a Hammer Award for leading a team that launched the Census Bureau Web site.  The Hammer Award is presented to teams of federal employees who have made significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles.  Jackson and his senior leadership team are 2011 Gold Medal winners for their superb management of the 2010 Census.  This major effort was accomplished on schedule, under budget, and within targeted quality levels resulting in more than $1.87 billion in operational savings. 

Jackson is a graduate of Hampton University, the Harvard Business School and the Federal Executive Institute.  He is frequently called upon to address external audiences, outside of the Census Bureau, on various decennial and executive management topics.

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The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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