Jeff T. Behler is the director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Processing Center (NPC) in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He began serving in this role in November of 2021. NPC is the Census Bureau’s primary center for mail processing, survey processing, data capture, and imaging/scanning. NPC also manages two contact centers, in Jeffersonville and Tucson, Arizona, that respond to caller inquiries and conduct telephone interviews.
Previously, Behler was the director of the Census Bureau’s New York Regional Office. The New York Regional Office is responsible for data collection, data dissemination, and geographic operations in Puerto Rico and eight states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Behler began his Census Bureau career in the Detroit Regional Office in 1997, working as a survey statistician on various programs. In 2002, he transferred to Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland, to work in the Decennial Management Division as a project manager on the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Census Tests. In 2005, he returned to Field Division and served as chief of the Housing and Health Surveys Branch.
Behler transferred to the Dallas Regional Office in December 2006 to serve as the assistant regional director. In 2007, he was selected as the deputy regional director and was responsible for a wide range of activities related to the 2010 Census for the Dallas region. In October 2010, Behler was selected as the director for the Detroit Regional Office; he led restructuring efforts as Detroit was one of the six Census Bureau regional offices to close in 2012. In January 2013, Behler became the director of the New York Regional Office.
Behler earned a bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, and actuarial science from Central Michigan University. He also has master’s certificate in leadership and management from the University of Maryland University College and a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University.