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Census Bureau

The U.S.Census Bureau was established as a permanent office by act of March 6, 1902 (32 Stat. 51). The major functions of the Census Bureau are authorized by the Constitution, which provides that a census of population shall be taken every 10 years, and by laws codified as title 13 of the United States Code. The law also provides that the information collected by the Census Bureau from individual persons, households, or establishments be kept strictly confidential and be used only for statistical purposes.

The Census Bureau is responsible for the the decennial censuses of population and housing; the quinquennial censuses of State and local governments, manufacturers, mineral industries, distributive trades, construction industries, and transportation; current surveys that provide information on many of the subjects covered in the censuses at monthly, quarterly, annual, or other intervals; the compilation of current statistics on U.S. foreign trade, including data on imports, exports, and shipping; special censuses at the request and expense of State and local government units; publication of estimates and projections of the population; publication of current data on population and housing characteristics; and current reports on manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, services, construction, imports and exports, State and local government finances and employment, and other subjects.

Agency URL:
http://www.census.gov/
Parent Agency
Commerce Department

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  • National Advisory Committee; Meetings

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). The NAC will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field...

  • National Advisory Committee

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee will address the results of the 2015 National Content Test on race and ethnicity. The NAC will meet virtually on Monday, October 3, 2016. Last minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent...

  • Census Scientific Advisory Committee

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a virtual meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The Committee will address the results of the 2015 National Content Test on race and ethnicity. The CSAC will meet virtually on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Last minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could...

  • Temporary Suspension of the Special Census Program

    This document serves as notice to state and local governments and to other federal agencies that, beginning on September 30, 2018, the Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) will temporarily suspend the Special Census Program for five years--the two years preceding the decennial census, the decennial census year and the two years following it to...

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016-2018 Business R&D and Innovation Surveys

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

  • Census Scientific Advisory Committee

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (C-SAC). The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic,...

  • National Advisory Committee

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee will address the 2017 Census Tribal Enrollment Reinterview Questions and the Integrated Partnership and Communications Working Group will make recommendations to the NAC. The NAC will meet virtually on Monday,...

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 Census Test

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

  • 2020 Census Tribal Consultation Meetings

    Pursuant to Executive Order 13175, the Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is continuing tribal consultation meetings through calendar year 2016 with federally recognized tribes across the country as part of our ongoing government-to-government relations. The Census Bureau is planning to conduct tribal consultation meetings with federally...

  • Proposed 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations; Extension of Comment Period

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is issuing this document to extend the comment period on the Proposed 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations, which was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2016. The comment period for the proposed criteria, which would have ended on August 1, 2016, is now extended until...