USDA Rural Development Calendars for Senior Officials

Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight’s request for calendars of former Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley.

In these records

Page 41: A draft agenda for a bi-monthly phone call for USDA Rural Development state directors on Sept. 16, 2019. The agenda includes a 2020 census presentation by Census Bureau Integrated Communications Adviser Ashley Austin. 

Pages 48–60: A Census Bureau presentation slide deck dated June 17, 2019. The presentation includes one slide that lists “Citizenship question” as a reason the 2020 census will be conducted “in an environment that is more challenging than ever before.” Other challenges listed are “Polarized society,” “Distrust of government,” Presidential Primaries,” and “Fear of retribution.” On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court blocked the question’s inclusion on the census.