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Daily White House Briefings

Briefings and statements issued by the White House.

News from the Oregon Governor's Office

Governor Kate Brown

2020 Decennial Census of Population

2020 U.S. Census of Population

Every ten years the United States Census Bureau counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

For more information about the 2020 Census, click here.

The United States Census Bureau website contains additional background information, and is an excellent source of statistical data about the United States.

The State Library of Oregon has a useful guide that contains information on how the 2020 Census impacts Oregon.

Spotlight on the Federal Register

The Federal Register

What is the Federal Register?

Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.  It is published daily, except on federal holidays. The final rules promulgated by a federal agency and published in the Federal Register are ultimately reorganized by topic or subject matter and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which is updated annually.

How do I search the Federal Register?

Click here to be directed to the govinfo help page to learn about searching and finding information in the Federal Register.

Recent Updates from the U.S. Department of State

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The administration's official views on foreign policy issues, trade policy, international security, and statements by the Secretary of State.

Subject Guide

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