OPINIONWilbur Ross, Opinion contributor Published 11:58 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2020 | Updated 10:03 a.m. ET Sept. 8, 2020Opposing View: We are overcoming delays by hiring more people, incentivizing them to work more hours, and improving productivity through technology.CLOSE President Trump is expected to drop his fight to get the citizenship question for the 2020 census. What is the census and why does the U.S. have one? We explain. USA TODAYThe 2020 decennial census will overcome delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic and severe weather conditions, and we will finish, by Sept. 30, a complete and accurate field data collection. As secretary of Commerce, I am required to deliver the fully processed results to President Donald Trump by Dec. 31. We will meet those deadlines.Some have questioned our ability to perform on this timeline without impacting completeness or accuracy. The numbers prove that is not the case. We are overcoming delays by hiring more people than planned, incentivizing them to work more hours, and improving productivity through technology.Nearly 85% of all households, nearly 130 million, had been enumerated as of Sept. 2, with many days left to complete our follow-up with nonresponding households. Of households that self-responded, more than 80%


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