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Data Collection: 2013

Confidentiality: Data collected for the Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll are public record and are not confidential, as authorized by Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9.

Dates of Collection: The following are important dates in the data collection process.

2013 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll
03/2013 Initial mail-out
04/2013 Reminder letter mail-out
05/2013 Follow-up mail-out
12/2014 Preliminary Release to the Census Bureau Internet

Methods: Data in these files are based on information obtained in the Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll. Census Bureau staff compiled Federal Government data from records of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Forty-six of the state governments provided data from central payroll records for all or most of their agencies/institutions. Data for agencies and institutions for the remaining state governments were obtained by mail canvass questionnaires. Local governments were also canvassed using a mail questionnaire. However, elementary and secondary school system data in Delaware, Florida and North Dakota were supplied by special arrangements with the state government in each of these states. All respondents receiving the mail questionnaire had the option of completing the survey using a web-based survey instrument developed for reporting the data. The online survey instrument was completed by 24.2% of the state-level responding units and 72.9% of the local government respondents.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Government Employment & Payroll | govs.employ@census.gov |  Last Revised: December 19, 2014