Roughly 90 percent of elected officials in the United States are white. The Black Campaign School is trying to change those statistics by investing in a new generation of black politicians.
The federal agency "did not do an adequate job of protecting" the government's interest, according to a report by the GPO's Office of the Inspector General that NPR has obtained.
A group of Democrats says the data could help more LGBTQ people get access to social services and strengthen civil rights protections. Some privacy experts worry the data could be used against people.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, pressured his staff about getting a citizenship question onto the 2020 census months before the Justice Department requested one, emails show.
A federal judge in New York said the commerce secretary's decision to add the controversial question to the 2020 census may have been "motivated at least in part by discriminatory animus."
The decision comes as the Census Bureau battles lawsuits over a new citizenship question and cybersecurity concerns about the 2020 census. The 2010 census committee's chair calls the move a "mistake."
Newly released documents show Wilbur Ross was "mystified" by delays in adding the question to the 2020 head count, just months after taking over the department, which oversees the Census Bureau.
The Trump administration has not yet responded to a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Census Bureau's policy of including unauthorized immigrants in population numbers used to distribute seats in Congress.
Facing multiple lawsuits over addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau head tells NPR a long legal fight could raise the head count's cost and risk a bad count.