Biden will nominate Robert Santos for Census chief job, would be first person of color in post

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U.S. Census paperwork is pictured successful this photograph illustration successful New York City.

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President Joe Biden connected Tuesday announced that helium volition nominate Robert Santos for the Director of the Census Bureau. Santos, if confirmed, would go the archetypal idiosyncratic of colour to clasp the position.

Santos, who is Hispanic, would caput the bureau successful complaint of the surveying the colonisation each 10 years to find organisation of backing to states arsenic good arsenic their governmental representation.

He is an adept successful survey sampling, survey plan and societal science/policy research, with implicit 40 years of experience, the White House said. 

Biden's latest prime continues connected his run pledge to make a divers administration, 1 which "looks similar America," Biden has stated.

Santos presently serves arsenic vice president of the Statistics Methods Group astatine the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC, nonprofit probe organization. In that relation helium had been a professional of the bureau, co-authoring a 2019 study informing that the 2020 Census could gravely undercount minorities.

The Census Bureau became a governmental shot during the Trump medication erstwhile then-President Donald Trump and his allies pushed to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count.

Trump's Census Bureau Director, Steven Dillingham, resigned successful January amid accusations of politicizing the bureau that is portion of the Commerce Department.

The 2020 U.S. Census results person been delayed owed to challenges surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, arsenic good arsenic ongoing litigation. It present expects to implicit the number connected April 30, 2021, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office and "deliver redistricting information to each states by September 30, 2021."

Santos did not instantly respond to CNBC's petition for comment, but helium said successful a connection to NPR, "The principles of transparency, technological independence, and integrity volition beryllium cardinal successful allowing the Census Bureau to thrive and innovate implicit the coming decade."

- CNBC's Tucker Higgins contributed to this report.