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WhydoestheACSask...FornameandtelephonenumberWeaskorapersonsnamesortworeasons.Firstwehaveoundovermanyyearsoresearchthatitiseasierorarespondenttokeeptrackowhichpersontheyarereportingorithenamesareused.Iarespondentisinterruptedwhilecompletingthesurveyitwillbeeasiertoresumereportingitheyknowwhichpersontheyareworkingonparticularlyinlargerhouseholds.Thesecondreasonisadministrative.Insomeinstancesthereturnedquestionnairesaredamageddiculttointerpretormissingcriticalinormation.Iwehavethenamesandphonenumberothepersonwhocompletedtheormwecancallbacktocollectmissinginormationoraskorclarication.Byhavingthenameswecanmoreeasilyreertospecicinormation.Withoutthenamesandphonenumberwewouldhavetosendsomeonetoanaddresstoreplicatetheinormationwhichismoreexpensivethanaphonecall.AboutincomeWeaskquestionsaboutincometogetkeystatisticsusedtodeterminepovertylevelsmeasureeconomicwell-beingandgaugetheneedoreconomicassistance.Stateandlocalgovernmentsusethisinormationtoassistchildreninpovertyandtoallocateundstocountiesandschooldistrictsorresourcesandservicesthatimprovetheeducationoeconomicallydisadvantagedchildren.AbouthomevalueWeaskaboutthevalueothehometogetestimatesohomevaluesregardlessowhetherhomesarenotcurrentlyorsaleorsoldrecently.Federalprogramsusethisinormationasanindependentcheckontheappraisedvaluesohomestoseeitheamountsnancedormortgagesarereasonable.WhensomeoneleaveshometogotoworkWeaskwhenapersonleavesorworktogeneratebasicinormationaboutcommutingpatterns.Thestatisticsareusedbymetropolitanplanningorganizationstodesignprogramsthateasetracproblemsreducecongestionandpromotecarpooling.Publictransitagenciesusethestatisticstoidentiyareasthatneedtransitserviceandpoliceandredepartmentsusethestatisticstoplanoremergencyservicesinareaswheremanypeoplework.AboutraceWeaskaquestionaboutapersonsracebecauseitiscriticaltomanypublicpolicies.PolicymakersusestatisticsonracetoguideundingdecisionsinprogramsthatsupportequalopportunityineducationassessairnessoemploymentpracticesundertheCivilRightsactandhelpensureeveryonehasequalaccesstohealthcare.FederalagenciesalsousetheracestatisticstoensurelocaljurisdictionsollowtheVotingRightsAct.AboutdisabilitiesWeaskquestionsaboutdisabilitiestogeneratestatisticsaboutthenumberandpercentageopeoplewithadisability.Federalstatecountyandlocalgovernmentsusethisinormationtoassesstheimpactopoliciesintendedtoreducediscriminationandimproveparticipationincommunityactivitiesincludingjobtrainingandhealthcareprograms.LocaltransitagenciesundertheAmericanswithDisabilitiesActusetheinormationtomakesurepublictransportationservicesareasuseulorthosewithdisabilitiesastheyareoreveryoneelse.AbouthealthinsuranceWeaskquestionsabouthealthinsurancetoprovidepolicymakerswithaccurateinormationabouttheinsuredanduninsured.Planningandimplementingpublichealthinsuranceprogramsrequiresaccuratestateandlocalinormationonhealthinsurancestatus.StateandlocalgovernmentscanusethesestatisticstotargetoutreachandenrollmentefortsorprogramslikeMedicareMedicaidandtheStateChildrensHealthInsuranceProgram.Measuringhealthinsurancestatusalsohelpspublichealthagenciesplantomeetcurrentanduturehealthcareneeds.AboutkitchenfacilitiestelephoneservicerunningwaterandushtoiletsGovernmentagenciesusethisinormationtomakesurepeoplehaveafordablesaeandsanitaryhousingtodetermineairmarketratesandtodeterminewhetheranareaiseligibleorhousingassistanceorloans.Inormationonkitchenacilitiesisusedtoevaluatetheefectivenessoprogramsthatprovidegrantstolocalgovernmentortherehabilitationopropertiesusedasrentals.Inormationonplumbingisusedbypublichealthocialstolocateareasindangerogroundwatercontaminationandtopreventthespreadowaterbornedisease.Inormationontelephoneserviceisusedtodevelopplansoremergency911services.14www.census.govacs