With data collection for the 2020 census underway, the bureau is thinking about how artificial intelligence and other capabilities might help address sore points.
With government watchdogs eyeing its operations, the U.S. Census Bureau issued a request for information as it decides on acquisitions it might make to improve cybersecurity in a number of areas.
The centuries-old decennial census is being conducted digitally for the first time this year, a herculean effort that is projected to cost $15.6 billion and opened the count to new cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
“The purpose of this request for information is to provide information to the United States Census Bureau to help determine an acquisition strategy for cybersecurity for the coming decade,” reads the document posted to betaSAM.gov. “The USCB believes industry holds the most current and best practices in these areas impacted by cybersecurity and seeks recommendations on how to best acquire the needed industry knowledge and expertise and achieve benefits in accordance with federal requirements.”
The Census Bureau’s cybersecurity posture has received some stern criticism from the Government Accountability Office in the years leading up to the current count. And the RFI is looking for input to address some of the very weaknesses GAO flags.