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Census Bureau Conducting Tests Prior to 2020 Count

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The U.S. Census Bureau is testing systems to ensure the office can handle the expected volume of responses its web site will get for the 2020 population count, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

Michael Thieme, assistant director for systems and contracts for decennial census programs, said at the recently held Census Scientific Advisory Committee meeting that the bureau completed the first phase of system performance and scalability testing.

The agency is working on unit testing, which aims to study the amount of users that can access self-response forms online and end-to-end scalability assessments. Thieme noted that the agency will seek to complete a fourth phase that evaluates how systems handle a high workload.

Kevin Smith, chief information officer for the Census Bureau, said the agency conducted cloud component testing and will proceed to testing cloud architecture deployment.

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