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Acronyms and Definitions

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Acronym Full Name
ACE (or ACES) Annual Capital Expenditures Survey
ACS American Community Survey
ACSCHI American Community Survey Contact History Instrument
ACSPUMS American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample
ADR2P Request to Add Researcher Form
ADRF Account and Data Request Form
AES Assets and Expenditures Survey
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHS American Housing Survey
ART (or ARTS) Annual Retail Trade Survey
ASE Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs
ASM Annual Survey of Manufacturers
AUX Auxiliary Establishment
AWTS Annual Wholesale Trade Survey
BDS Business Dynamics Statistics
BES Business Expenditures Survey (same as Business Expenses Supplement)
BR Business Register (same as SSEL)
BRB Business Register Bridge
BRDIS (SIRD) Business Research & Development and Innovation Survey (formally known as SIRD)
CARRA Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications
CBO Characteristics of Business Owners
CCN Census of Construction Industries
CEF Census Edited File
CEN Decennial Census
CES Center for Economic Studies
CFI Census of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate
CFS Commodity Flow Survey
CHUMS HUD Computerized Homes Underwriting Mortgage System
CIAPR Census of Island Areas – Puerto Rico
CIR Current Industrial Reports
CMF Census of Manufactures
CMI Census of Mining
CMS Center for Medical and Medicaid Services
CNUM Census Numident
CORELOGIC CoreLogic Commercial Property Database
COS Company Organization Survey
CPS Current Population Survey March Supplement
CPSFS Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement
CRS Content Review Survey
CRT Census of Retail Trade
CSB Compustat–SSEL Bridge
CSR Census of Services
CUF Census Unedited File
CUT Census of Transportation, Communications, and Utilities
CWH Census of Wholesale Trade

Acronym Full Name
DRF Decennial Response File
ECF Employer Characteristics File
EDB Exporter Database
EHF Employment History Files
EPS Survey of Environment Products and Services
ESR Enterprise Summary Report
EXP Foreign Trade Data – Export
F55BF Form 5500 Business Register Bridge
GAL Geo–coded Address List
GM Global Market
HDF Hundred Percent Detail File
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
ICF Individual Characteristics File
IHS Indian Health Service
ILBD Integrated Longitudinal Business Database
IMP Foreign Trade Data – Import
IRS Internal Revenue Service
ITA International Trade Administration
KFS Kauffman Firm Survey
LBD Longitudinal Business Database
LED Local Employment Dynamics
LEHD Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics
LFTTD Longitudinal Firm Trade Transaction Database
M3UFO Manufacturs' Unfilled Orders Survey
MAX Medicaid Analytic Extract
MEC (or MECS) Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey
MEDB Medicare Enrollment Database
MEPS–IC Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Insurance Component
MMM Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
ModRE Modeled Race and Ethnicity File
MOPS Management and Organizational Practices Survey
MRT (or MRTS) Monthly Retail Trade Survey
MSIS Medicaid Statistical Information System
MWTS Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
NCVS National Crime Victimization Survey
NES National Employer Survey
NLMS National Longitudinal Mortality Study
NLS National Longitudinal Survey
NSCG National Survey of College Graduates
OCD Ownership Change Database
PACE (or PAC) Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures
PCU Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization
PIC Public and Indian Housing Information Center
PII Personally Identifiable Information
PIK Protected Identification Key
PPC Post–Project Certification
PPS Predominant Purpose Statement

Acronym Full Name
QFR Quarterly Financial Report
QPC Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization
QSS Quarterly Services Survey
QWI Quarterly Workforce Indicators
RDC Reseach Data Center
RHB Researcher Handbook
RND (or SIRD) Research and Development Database (formerly known as SIRD)
SAS Service Annual Survey
SBO (or CBO) Survey of Business Owners (formerly known as CBO)
SEHSD Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SIPMEF SIPP Master Earnings File (MEF) Extracts
SIPP (or SIP) Survey of Income and Program Participation
SIPP831X SIPP 831 Disability File Extract
SIPPDERX Detailed Earnings Record (DER) SIPP Master Earnings File (MEF) Extract
SIPPMBRX SIPP Master Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) Extracts
SIPPSERX Summary Earnings Record (SER) SIPP Master Earnings File (MEF) Extract
SIRD Survey of Industrial Research and Development
SMT Survey of Manufacturing Technology
SPF Successor–Predecessor File
SSA Social Security Administration
SSEL (or SSL) Standard Statistical Establishment List
SSS Selective Service System
SSS Special Sworn Status
SynLBD Synthetic Longitudinal Business Database
T13 Title 13 U.S. Code
T26 Title 26 U.S. Code
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Recipients File
TC Thin Client
TCUG Thin Client User Guide
TRACS Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System
U2W Unit to Worker
UPD User Provided Data

 What are Microdata?

Microdata are data at the level of the establishment, firm, individual, or household that are collected through census and survey programs.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: December 22, 2017