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Embargo Policy

Access to the Census Bureau's embargo site is limited to accredited media who give their chief attention to the gathering and reporting of news. Applicants must be employed or represent news organizations that regularly publish or broadcast a substantial volume of news material for public consumption. Embargo access is granted on an individual basis only and cannot be shared with unapproved colleagues or associates. See "Accreditation Requirements for Access to Census Bureau's Media Embargo Page" for more information on accreditation.

Embargoed news releases and data files may not be released to the public by any means (including print, broadcast, Internet, podcast, blogs, or in any other form) before the specified date and time of release. Failure to adhere to this embargo policy will result in the removal of embargo privileges of the reporter as follow:

  1. First breach - six-month suspension of embargo privileges.
  2. Subsequent breach - one-year suspension of embargo privileges. Reinstatement must be requested in writing.

Wire and distribution services are prohibited from distributing embargoed news releases and data files to subscribers before the public release date and time.

The Census Bureau, through its Public Information Office, reserves the right to deny access to embargoed information to any entity that abuses embargo privileges.

If an embargo is broken, the Census Bureau will immediately release the data to the public and a notification will be sent alerting data users that the information is now available to the public.

The Associate Director for Communications or his/her designee has final approval on all matters pertaining to embargo access.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: June 14, 2013