Census Bureau conducting surveys along with counts

Census Bureau conducting surveys along with counts While the nation's 120 million housing units will be focused on Census 2000 in March and April, a much smaller number will also be contacted by the Census Bureau and asked to participate in the eight largest ongoing surveys the Bureau conducts year-round, every year.

"Data gathered in Census 2000 will provide a pool of demographic facts that will enable policy makers and businesses to pinpoint specific community needs and know what actions may need to be taken to address them," said Susan A. Lavin, director of the Census Bureau's Denver regional office.

"Also during March and April, we will continue taking ongoing and periodic surveys of the population," Lavin said. "These surveys provide information on the social and economic conditions of the country throughout the decade, such as the data behind the government's monthly unemployment reports. Therefore, a household could receive a Census 2000 form and be interviewed for an additional survey."

Listed below are selected ongoing surveys that the Census Bureau will administer to thousands of households during the next two months: American Community Survey; Census 2000 Supplementary Survey; Consumer Expenditures Diary Survey; Consumer Expenditures Quarterly Interview Survey; Current Population Survey; National Crime Victimization Survey; National Health Interview Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation.

By law, the Census Bureau keeps all identifying information about respondents and their households strictly confidential. All households receive an advance letter about the specific survey form the Census Bureau's director, Kenneth Prewitt. Census Bureau employees who visit households carry an official identification card with their photograph.

Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt said, "We ask our partners in the communities, especially the news media, to encourage full cooperation with all Census Bureau surveys."

According to an Office of Management and Budget directive, no new household surveys may be initiated between March 1 and June 30 by any other agency of the Federal Government. This action was taken to minimize confusion during Census 2000.

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