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Cost and Workload Implications of a Voluntary American Community Survey

Deborah H. Griffin

At the request of Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted research in 2002 and 2003 to determine whether the American Community Survey (ACS) could be implemented as a voluntary, rather than a mandatory, survey. The Census Bureau designed a test to answer key questions on mail response, survey quality, and costs. U.S. Census Bureau (2003) and U.S. Census Bureau (2004) document key findings from that test. This report provides updated information about the costs and workloads associated with a voluntary ACS based on more current ACS cost and workload data.

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