Key Technology Boss At U.S. Census Bureau Switches Roles | 4/1/2019 | Staff
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Census Bureau official tasked with managing the massive technology infrastructure underpinning the 2020 census has switched roles, leaving a vacancy in an important spot less than a year before the count.

Atri Kalluri, who ran the Decennial IT Division, moved on April 14 to a new role managing data security, Census spokesman Michael Cook said.

Kalluri - Definition - Implementation - Policies - Response

Kalluri now oversees “definition and implementation of policies” for “response security and data integrity,” Cook said. Michael Thieme, the bureau’s assistant director for decennial programs, will handle Kalluri’s previous duties while the bureau searches for a permanent replacement.

Kalluri’s move comes at a crucial time, as the bureau gears up for the first census that will primarily be conducted online. Data derived from the survey are used to divvy up seats in the U.S. Congress and to direct the federal government’s allocation of trillions of dollars of aid each decade.

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The Census Bureau is spending nearly $5 billion to fortify technology ahead of next year’s tally. However, a federal government watchdog has said schedule delays, fiscal constraints and personnel vacancies have hampered those efforts.

The census faces “significant cybersecurity risks,” the Government Accountability Office said in an April 30 report. Funding constraints have caused key tests to be delayed or canceled, and the bureau had more than 500 outstanding security flags as of March, the report said.

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The GAO also noted “deeper organizational issues” and “skills gaps,”...
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