Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, waits for a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing to begin in Washington, D.C., in 2019. In July, Ross directed bureau officials to speed up the 2020 census to end counting a month early, on Sept. 30.

Curtailing the time for conducting the census in the middle of a pandemic will lead to “fatal data quality flaws that are unacceptable,” Census Bureau career officials warned in an internal document.

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