PINEDALE – Tony Keys, U.S. Commerce Department field representative for Sublette County, will be conducting official census bureau surveys across the county in the coming weeks.
Keys will be going door-to-door to collect important data for the U.S. Census Bureau on the population and economics of Sublette County. This data will help local officials, community leaders and businesses understand demographic changes in their communities, the U.S. Census Bureau website states.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau website, around 3.5 million households across the country are selected each year to participate in the American Community Survey. All recipients of the survey are legally obligated to answer all the questions as accurately as possible. Responses to the surveys can be done online, through the mail, by telephone and through in-person interviews.
All census field representatives are required to have an identification badge containing a photograph, Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date, the Census Bureau website says. If asked, each representative will provide his or her supervisor's contact information or the regional office phone number for verification.
Representatives will also provide a letter from the director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead. Many field representatives carry a laptop or bag with a Census Bureau logo.
The privacy of each responder is protected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the website adds. The agency is bound to strict confidentiality requirements and never reveals information that could identify a person to anybody else.
Field representatives in the American Community Survey are bound by oath to never ask for the following: your Social Security number, your mother's maiden name, your personal information through email, money or donations and credit card or bank account information.