WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration ruled against releasing statistically adjusted census data to help distribute billions of dollars in federal aid across the country, government sources said Wednesday.
The decision means the federal government will use the raw head count available now to divvy up over $185 billion for Medicaid, foster care and other social service programs.
Acting Census Bureau Director William Barron was to officially announce the decision at a news conference later Wednesday
Bureau officials weighed whether adjusting population figures with statistical sampling would improve the already completed raw head count.
Most Democrats and civil rights groups said it would, by offering a better tally of minorities, the poor and children -- groups typically missed in higher numbers.
Many Republican opponents claimed sampling would insert more errors into a 2000 census that already was better than the one in 1990, because of a lower national net undercount. They have also said that while adjustment may count people originally missed, it may not place them in the correct neighborhoods.
The bureau has said there was a net national undercount of 1.2 percent of the country's 281 million people in 2000, or about 3.2 million. The 1990 undercount was 1.6 percent, or about 4 million then.
In most cases, however, the undercount percentages were still higher for minority groups than for non-Hispanic whites.
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