US Census Bureau
Gunnison projects consist of some of the most complex and mission critical services at the Census Bureau. We’ve assisted multiple divisions since 2003.
- Decennial Census (Decennial IT Division, and formerly DSCMO and DACMO)
- Applications Development and Services Division (ADSD, and formerly TMO)
- American Community Survey (ACS)
- Economic Census (EPCD)
- National Processing Center (NPC)
- Decennial Statistical Studies Division (DSSD)
- Geography Division (GEO)
- Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA)
- Associate Directorate for Research and Methodology (ADRM)
- Social, Economic & Household Statistics Division (SEHSD)
- Population Division (POP)
- Visual Studio .NET development framework
- Very large database management – Oracle RDBMS, SQL Server
- Mobile applications development – iOS, Android, Windows 8, HTML5 and various data transfer/synchronization technologies
- Statistical and Visualization Programming – SAS, C, R, Perl, SAS BI, Python, Tableau
- Requirements and test management tools – HP ALM/PPM Serena Business Manager, QuickTest Pro, and custom tools
- Agile tools – Pivotal Tracker, HP Agile, Pivotal Tracker, JIRA Agile Automated testing tools – Selenium, TestComplete, SoapUI
- Web services and Internet development
2020 Census and ACS Tabulation (“TAB”) System
In 2017 the Census Bureau selected Gunnison to join forces with the ACS-Decennial Tabulations Branch to enhance its core tabulation system to produce the 2020 Census tabulations, leading directly to the dissemination of the 2020 Census data, one of our nation’s most critical data efforts. This system replaces the multi-million dollar SuperCross system used for the 2010 Census. The improved, shared tabulation system is supporting ACS 1-yr and 5-year data products, Decennial data products, and various PUMS products, achieving operational efficiencies, improved performance and reduced production costs.
Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS)
GUPS received a Bronze Medal Award from the U.S. Census Bureau for its intuitive design, optimal performance, simplicity and ease of use, and the breadth of functionality provided in just 8 months of development.
Gunnison Consulting Group developed the Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS), the US Census Bureau’s new software for local government participants to load, edit, and display geospatial boundary and feature data, as well as perform reviews of changes and generate output files that the GEO will use to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) Database (MTDB). GUPS supports the geographic data collection needs of the 2020 Census and other Census programs.
Listing and Mapping Application
Gather, update and verify address and geographic data in the field.
Gunnison provides technical leadership supporting the development of the Census Bureau’s corporate Listing and Mapping Application (LiMA)—a mobile field data collection system that enables field workers to gather “on the ground” geospatial information in support of survey frame development. At its core the LiMA system provides highly accurate updates to the Census Bureau’s Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) database. The LiMA system is an instrumental component of the Census Bureau’s suite of solutions deployed in support of the upcoming 2020 Census operations.
Mobile Case Management
Architected to be scalable for US Decennial 2020 Census volumes to support up to 500,000 field workers.
When the US Census needed a mobile case management solution for its 9,000 field workers, Gunnison delivered a supplier-neutral app that enables users to be spatially aware in real-time, replacing their paper maps and dramatically reducing the time needed to identify locations in the field.
American Community Survey Development and Testing
We implemented full end-to-end testing processes, environments, and test data for the ACS/PRCS internet implementation in 2013. Business process improvements included new test management (HP ALM) and code management tools (SubVersion), SharePoint, specification development and management, and interface control documents (ISACDs).
Gunnison also worked with ACSO to prototype new control and integration software for data received from survey response modes, using an agile framework and Scrum methods. We continue our support today with complex changes in SAS, C, Perl and other languages and tools to the forms, variables, data cleansing and editing procedures, imputation, weighting and tabulations.
Decennial Census Non-Response Follow Up
Gunnison developed and supported the Non-Response FollowUp (NRFU) data review systems (including Update/Enumerate and Person Interviewing-collectively called Census MaRCS) for quality control on 2010 enumerators and selecting cases for QC followup. This web based system supported over 6,000 and received rave reviews from field and Headquarters users alike.
Decennial Census Coverage Measurement
Gunnison performed full systems development life cycle implementations for Person and Housing Unit clerical matching systems (MaRCS) with user-friendly and intuitive interfaces. These systems involved complex matching algorithms and methodologies for 2010 Census coverage measurement evaluations.
Administrative Records Linking
Gunnison developed administrative records applications and advanced processing techniques, to include match probabilities and geocode, name, DOB and household composition linking. Partnered with NORC and Westat, efforts included Person Validation System (PVS) enhancements, a 2010 Census Match Study and a NRFU Simulation study.
Quality Information for Successful Printing II (QUISP II)
A printing quality assurance standalone laptop with integrated scientific measurement devices, linked to a web portal with summary QA and production data, for near real-time operational control of high-speed printing at vendor sites. System is still in use by the National Processing Center.
Decennial Census Paper Data Capture Data Quality
Gunnison and our partner ADI, LLC implemented independent OCR/OMR tools and paper forms to analyze paper data capture quality. We developed and operated a full independent QC system called Paper Data Quality (PDQ), which performed near real-time QA on the DRIS contractor data capture operations.
Postal Tracking Technologies
We developed a postal tracking repository, which captured and enabled evaluations of all USPS Confirm Service data from the 2008 Dress Rehearsal and 2010 Census.
Decennial Census Program Management
Gunnison participated in testing, writing requirements, and source selection of both the 2010 DRIS and 2010 Print Programs from 2003-2011. We then assisted Census to manage these contracts by writing program documentation (Risk Plans, Contract Surveillance Plans) and performing technical and contract oversight of these massive programs, totaling over $600M. Further, we provided senior-level security expertise to assist the programs through all Certification and Accreditation (C&A) processes.
Gunnison assisted with defining requirements, testing and validating the 2012 Economic Census Direct Internet Reporting mode.
Text Placement System and MIM Text Editor
TPS has been supported by Gunnison and MapText Inc. for the Geography Division’s automated map text placement requirements for over 14 years, and is a standard at Census for production of all public map products. While most companies show static maps via tiling, we have automated text placement dynamically on generated maps. We continually enhance the TPS with new features for labeling of point, line and area features. In 2010 we developed a new graphical tool for interactively positioning and editing feature labels on maps in Map Image Metafile (MIM) format.