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Policies and Notices

For general inquiries please check our Question and Answer Center or call 301-763-INFO(4636).

For genealogy questions, please see our Genealogy page.

Data Protection and Privacy Policy
The Census Bureau has several policies to ensure the data we collect is protected and your privacy is respected.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, allows any individual or organization access to government records through a FOIA request.

Open Government at the Census Bureau
The Open Government Program supports the Census Bureau's core mission through the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.

Evidence-Based Decision-Making at the Census Bureau
Learn how we support evidence-building across government, how we measure the effectiveness of our own work, and how we’re implementing the Evidence Act.

Scientific Integrity
The Census Bureau sets a high standard of scientific integrity by embracing a common set of professional standards and operational practices.

Information Quality
View information about our quality standards and correction procedures for information that does not comply with the guidelines.

No Fear Act
The No-FEAR Act covers anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection for federal employees.

U. S. Census Bureau Censuses and Survey Guidance
Guidance documents issued by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Plain Writing
The Census Bureau is committed to writing its documents in plain language.

E-Gov Content Inventory
View the categories of information disseminated by the Census Bureau, as required by Section 207(f)(2) of the E-Government Act of 2002.

Section 508 Accessibility
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and ICT accessible to people with disabilities.

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy
The DOC’s Vulnerability Disclosure Policy describes what systems and types of research are covered under this program and how to submit vulnerability reports.

Message Concerning Inappropriate Terms
Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate.

Citing Our Internet Information
The Census Bureau has no specific style recommendation for citing our website information. Here are four commonly used style systems of documentation.

Corporate Identity and Branding Standards
The 2020 Census Brand Guidelines is a new guide that introduces the 2020 Census logo and tagline, a key messaging tool for the decennial census outreach effort.

Collections of Information and Federal Register Notices
Lists of pending and approved Census collections of information at www.reginfo.gov.

American Indian and Alaska Native Policy
This Policy outlines the principles to be followed in all Census Bureau interactions with federally recognized AIAN tribal governments.

Scheduled Down Time
Any planned or scheduled downtime for www.census.gov and other Census web sites can be found here.


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