The Census Bureau’s Business Development Staff functions as an “internal consultancy,” taking on cutting-edge technical work to improve the way the Census Bureau operates. We integrate survey, administrative, transactional, and geospatial data to increase the quality and timeliness, and decrease the cost and respondent burden of our statistical products. We work with university researchers to operationalize the newest techniques. We work with other federal, state, and local agencies to develop cross-cutting data products never before possible. We operate at a national scale where even small technical changes can have a major impact. We uphold maximum standards of data stewardship.

You will be working on the end-to-end development of data access tracking systems, including:

  • Implementing matching and linkage algorithms to identify file lineage.
  • Developing a pipeline to process access logs.
  • Developing a web-based dashboard to enable interactive querying and monitoring of access history and controls.
  • Building a notification system to track access/use of data.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the rest of the project team (including data scientists), government stakeholders, and other team members to build, deploy, monitor, and maintain systems.
  • Spec out major units of functionality; plan timelines for implementing functionality.
  • Implement new systems!
  • Provide technical expertise in the form of code review, feedback on technical specs, and identifying new approaches, tools, and techniques.


  • Location:
    Census HQ is located in Suitland, MD on the DC Metro's green line
  • Deadline: n/a


Minimum qualifications

You are an experienced engineer who cares about developing systems that improve people’s lives. You have:

  • Owned the end-to-end implementation of one or multiple systems
  • Experience developing well-tested web applications for internal use
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including data scientists and designers, to implement proposed designs and algorithm methodologies into a performant and mission-critical production system.

Preferred qualifications

It would be a plus if you had experience with:
  • Data engineering
  • Security engineering (especially federal government / FISMA security controls!)