Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the House Oversight Committee Thursday completing the 2020 census will require a budget of $15.6 billion, which represents a $3.3 billion, or 27 percent, increase over previous estimates.
Ross also told the committee they would have the proper funding needed for the immediate future and would have the next year "pretty well within hand," with an additional $187 million in funding for fiscal year 2018 for the Census Bureau.
Ross said the Office of Management and Budget was on-board with the $187 million in increased funding for fiscal year 2018.
A proper census count can also determine how Congress allocates billions of dollars in the 10 years between each count.
"The problem is when you starve the Census Bureau year after year after year, it cannot make the investments needed to implement these innovations."