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2012 Census of Governments

Organization Component Questions and Answers

What is the Government Units Survey?

The Government Units Survey is the organizational component of the 2012 Census of Governments. The GUS is designed to collect information on the location, type, and characteristics of local governments and offices.

What is the purpose of the Government Units Survey?

The Government Units Survey produces an updated list of local governments and it serves as a source of the official counts of local governments within the United States. The updated list of local governments is used in the subsequent components of the Census of Governments.

My organization is not a government. What should I do?

Complete the form either electronically or via paper, and in the general remarks section, write that you do not think that your organization is a government.

My government no longer exists. What should I do?

Respond to the first question on the form by selecting 'no' and entering the date your government ceased to exist. Then skip to the end of the survey where you'll provide some contact information.

About how long will it take to complete the form?

The Government Units Survey takes an average of 45 minutes to complete.

Besides mailing the form back, are there any other ways to report?

Yes, you can complete the Government Units Survey online at

I am unable to log onto the online system. What should I do?

Contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-888-202-2691 or via email at

Is this survey mandatory?

While completion of the survey is not mandatory, data from the survey provide comprehensive, uniform statistics on the structure and activity of local governments. This information, along with statistics from the remainder of the Census of Governments, directly impacts your government and the communities that you serve by producing statistics about government organization, public employment, and government finance.

When should I mail my form back?

The due date for the Government Units Survey is November 11, 2011.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census of Governments | 1(888)202-2691| |  Last Revised: March 13, 2012