NAACP v. United States Dep't of Commerce
The NAACP, along with its two state branches, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the Commerce Department to release documents about the preparations for the 2020 Census.
This case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The NAACP, NAACP Connecticut State Conference, and NAACP Boston Branch are suing the Commerce Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records about the Census Bureau’s plans for carrying out the 2020 Census.
In June 2017, the plaintiffs requested documents about the Bureau’s plans to address challenges to census preparations that could jeopardize an accurate count. The suit contends that inadequate preparations for the 2020 Census, including budgetary and staffing shortfalls and cancellations and delays of tests of test new technology systems, are likely to lead to a severe undercount of minorities. As a result, undercounted communities, the plaintiffs allege, may not receive their fair share of federal funding.
According to the plaintiffs, the Bureau failed to fully respond to their request within the statutory deadline, violating FOIA. The plaintiffs contend the Commerce Department is unlawfully withholding information about the Bureau’s plans to adequately execute the census.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to order the Department to immediately process and disclose the records that they requested.
Briefing on the motion for summary judgment or motion to dismiss will conclude by October 9.
- Complaint (October 5, 2017)
- Defendant’s Answer to Complaint and Affirmative Defenses (December 14, 2017)
- Scheduling Order (March 21, 2018)
- Joint Status Report (June 14, 2018)