House Democrats are "gravely" concerned "about the planning for the Decennial Census of 2010. Serious mismanagement, contractual issues, and some unanticipated operational changes have added an estimated $3 billion to the life cycle costs and forced the Commerce Department to abandon its plans to utilize hanheld computers for non-response follow up (NRFU) and to revert to paper-based data collection."

A bunch of House Democrats wrote to U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez on July 24, 2008 to urge him to grant flexibility to the Census Bureau to take finish preparations for the 2010 Census: "Given the inherent time limitations, we encourage you to allow the Census Bureau professionals to focus on the most basic, practical approach to resolving ongoing problems."

The letter concluded by noting that, although "most Americans are not yet thinking about the next decennial, these next few months are critical to ensuring that we do not have a failed census."