Census chief: Government unlikely to fine anyone for not filling out census

The director of the U.S Census Bureau said Friday it is unlikely the government will issue any fines for not filling out the census form that was recently mailed to Americans.

Robert Groves, the director of the Census Bureau, said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program that while the government can fine people $5,000 for not filling out the census form, it is unlikely to do so.

Groves said no one was fined 10 years ago during the last census. Asked whether he thinks anyone will be fined this year, Groves responded, "If I were a betting man, no."

Groves noted that the census policymakers have found that it is better to emphasize the positive aspects of returning the survey than focusing on the negative ramifications of not doing so.

He added that the budget for the census is $7.2 billion.