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Is this person a Census Bureau employee?

If a Census Bureau employee is at your door, he or she will

  1. Show you their Census Bureau identification badge,
  2. Tell you the name of the survey for which your participation is needed
  3. Provide a copy of the notification letter you received or should have received, in the mail describing the survey.

The field representative will also tell you approximately how long the survey will take to complete, why the information you provide is important, and how the Census Bureau protects the confidentiality of your answers.

Depending on the survey, a field representative or enumerator may carry a laptop or hand-held computer bearing the insignia of the Census Bureau. Some of our surveys no longer use paper questionnaires and the field representative will enter your responses directly into the computer. This allows us to process information more quickly and improves the quality of the statistics we produce.

If a Census Bureau employee has called you and you would like to verify that the person calling is indeed a Census Bureau employee you may confirm this by using the telephone center number listed on the Contact the National Processing Center page.

If you have questions about the survey, you may call or e-mail the Census Bureau Regional Office conducting the survey in your area or contact a Census Bureau Telephone Center.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Systems Support Division | Last Revised: September 26, 2013