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MAY 2009


In 2010 the country will again conduct our census. The first census was conducted in 1790 and has been conducted every ten years since then. The U.S. Census Bureau must submit state population totals to the President of the United States by December 31, 2010. The census data will be used for the next ten years to help our government make decisions to determine congressional seats and federal funding. In addition, the data will be used: to direct funds for people in poverty, facilitate scientific research, plan for school projects, plan for public transportation, assess the potential spread of communicable diseases, plan budgets for governments at all levels. Check the website www.census.gov for detailed information on every facet of the census process.


Each county is organizing a Community Complete Census Committee to help citizens understand the importance of the 2010 census. This committee will identify organizations and meet with those leaders to solicit their help in creating a census awareness campaign. This committee represents a cross section of the community. The committee will also look for barriers or concerns that might impede the progress of the census in our community and work to dispel myths and alleviate fears about privacy and confidentiality of the census. The Complete County Census Committee is dedicated to increase the rate of response from citizens, design a census awareness campaign and bring together members of the community to make sure each resident is aware of the importance of an accurate census count. Check the website, www.census.gov for more information.


Many citizens are concerned that the census data collected during 2010 will not remain confidential. Under U.S. law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Section 9) all data are strictly confidential. It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share your personal information with any other government agency — not law enforcement, IRS, Welfare, FBI, Immigration, etc. Census workers must pass security and employment reference checks. In addition, no court of law, not even the President of the United States, can access an individual’s personal responses. The Census website explains how your information is protected under the tab ‘Data Protection and Privacy Policy.’ Check the Census website, www.census.gov for more information on data security.


On the Census Bureau website, a citizen may review information regarding the difference between census and survey. The Census Bureau conducts a variety of censuses and surveys. If you are asked to participate in a legitimate survey, the website gives you links to answer any questions that arise from the encounter. The Census Bureau website explains that all Census Bureau employees will show an identification badge, tell the name of the survey and provide a copy of a notification letter received describing the survey. If you are contacted by phone, the website gives instruction on verifying that the person calling is indeed a Census Bureau employee. Check the website www.census.gov to understand the procedures in place to verify Census bureau employees and survey participation.


On the Census Bureau website one will find a lot of information. In addition to the usual information regarding the 2010 Census and information regarding data confidentiality and other privacy issues, the website also provides a census timeline and a population clock. There are links to data to provide an area profile, to research economic indicators, and information available to be used in classrooms. There is also a tab called Jobs@Census to help prospective employees match their interests and experience with one of the many positions available at the Census Bureau. At the FAQ tab, there are answers to What is the US population?; What is the largest state?; Which is the fastest growing city? Go to the website, www.census.gov for the answers.



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