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Media Advisory — Census Bureau to Make 2008 American Community Survey Data (including Web conference details) Available on an Embargoed Basis


A coding error was discovered on Sept. 16 that affected 2008 ACS poverty, family income and food stamp receipt data. All affected data tables (approximately 10 percent of the total number of tables) have been identified and repaired. However, additional time is needed to validate the data, generate the new tables for each of the approximately 7,000 geographies for which one-year data are published, and post the revised data to the Census Bureau's Web site. For that reason, all tables that weren't affected by the coding error will be released Sept. 22 as planned (embargoed for the media on Friday, Sept. 18). All remaining tables will be released Sept. 29 (embargoed for the media on Saturday, Sept. 26, and possibly as early as Friday evening, Sept. 25). A list of the affected tables are available on the media embargo site.

Census Bureau staff will brief media about the 2008 American Community Survey data release. Content will cover "what's new" for the 2008 ACS one-year estimates, cautions and factors affecting the data, and a live online tutorial on accessing and downloading the data from an enhanced and expanded Web-based embargo site.
Friday, Sept. 18, 3 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
Sharon Stern, assistant division chief, Project Coordination, Communication, and Data User Support,
    American Community Survey Office
Scott Boggess, chief, American Community Survey Coordination Staff, Housing and Household Economic
    Statistics Division
Cynthia Davis Hollingsworth, chief, Data Analysis and User Education Branch, American Community
    Survey Office
Accessible to members of the media with Census Bureau embargo passwords. Conducted via Microsoft Live Meeting; Web address, toll-free phone number and log-in instructions are posted on the embargo site. Media are strongly encouraged to begin the log-in at least 20 minutes in advance in order to test settings.
Members of the media may request an embargo password on the Census Bureau Web site:
Conference Details:
Audio conference ― access information
Toll free number: 800-619-4415
Participant passcode: 45475

Online presentation ― access information
URL: Link to a non-federal Web site
Conference/meeting number: PW9165148
Conference/meeting passcode: 45475

Note that no embargoed news releases or data sets may be released to the public by any means before 12:01 a.m. the day of release (Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009).

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: September 09, 2014