Robert Santos was sworn in as the new director of the Census Bureau on January 5, 2022, taking charge at an important time of transition.

“I’ve spent the majority of my career with organizations dedicated to delivering credible and informative statistical analysis for the public good," Santos said. "Census Bureau data have been essential to that work. It is such an immense privilege to join the Census Bureau and its very talented team.”

The Insights Association endorsed Santos' nomination this past summer and supported him. Santos was approved by committee on August 14, 2021, and confirmed by the Senate on November 4.

As the Census Bureau transitions from the decennial headcount to the lesser-known issues of modernizing their data infrastucture and pursuing desperately needed improvements to the American Community Survey (ACS), Santos' hand at the tiller may prove crucial and he will need to convince Congress to fund this important work.

IA looks forward to working with him and the Bureau in support of sound and timely census data for the insights industry.