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How to identify official Census takers

How to identify official Census takers
Kansas City – The U.S. Census Bureau wants the public to know how to identify official Census takers currently conducting door-to-door, complete count follow-up operations as part of the 2010 Census.
Complete count follow up operations will only be conducted by official Census takers.
If the public has any questions about Census operations in their neighborhood, they may call the Kansas City Regional Census Center at (816) 994-2000.  
Here are some tips on how to identify an official Census taker.
An official 2010 Census Taker:
• Must present an ID Badge with the U.S. Department of Commerce logo, their name and expiration date. Census takers will also provide a driver’s license or photo identification, if asked.
• May also be carrying a black canvass bag with a U.S. Department of Commerce logo.
• Will provide their supervisor’s contact information and/or the local census office phone number for verification, if asked.
• Will only ask questions appearing on the official 2010 Census form.
An official 2010 Census Taker will:
• NOT ask to come into a resident’s home.
• NOT ask for Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.
• NOT ask any information about your taxes or income.
• NOT solicit donations or contact you by e-mail.
Census answers are confidential and protected by federal law.
All U.S. Census Bureau employees have taken an oath and are subject to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine if they disclose any information that could identify you or your household.
Answers will only be used for statistical purposes. The 2010 Census asks for your name, gender, age/date of birth, phone number, Hispanic origin, race, relationship, whether the home is owned or rented and how many people live in the home.  
The 2010 Census is an actual count of everyone living in the United States and it is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used to allocate congressional seats to the states and to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year.
WCP 5.18.10

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