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Legislation 1942 - 1954

  • Federal Reports Act of 1942 (December 24, 1942) (P.L. 77-831) Download PDF [333KB PDF]
    • Coordinates federal reporting requirements in order to eliminate duplication and reduce costs and burdens on the business community.
  • Executive Order 9232 (August 20, 1942) Download PDF [97KB PDF]
    • Transfers responsibility for the sample surveys conducted by the Works Progress Administration, and responsibility for the Statistical Abstract of the United States to the Census Bureau.
  • Secretarial Order 281 (September 20, 1943) Download PDF [50KB PDF]
    • Cancels the manufacturing census of 1943.
  • Secretarial Order (June 27, 1944) Download PDF [59KB PDF]
    • Authorizes a census of state and local governments.
  • Secretarial Order (August 17, 1945) Download PDF [54KB PDF]
    • Authorizes a 1946 census of business.
  • Census Act of September 7, 1950 Download PDF [267KB PDF]
    • Authorizes a census of governments in 1952 and every five years thereafter. Information on state, territory, county, and municipal governments to be collected on, at a minimum, the following subjects: "taxes and tax valuations, government receipts, expenditures, indebtedness, and employees."
  • An Act to Revise, Codify, and Enact into Law Title 13, U.S.C. (August 31, 1954) (P.L. 83-740)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: December 14, 2023