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Vol. 2 - No. 39 Aug. 10,
As of Aug. 1, 7,475 cities, counties, and tribal governments
had signed confidentiality agreements with the Census
Bureau, enabling them to take part in the Local Update of
Census Addresses (LUCA) Program, a new activity in which
local and tribal governments can review and check the
accuracy of Census 2000 address lists.
The Census Bureau's Geography Division also reported that as
of Aug. 1 a total of 10,362 of the 17,311 governmental units
in which house-number and street-name addresses are used for
mail delivery had responded -- the overwhelming majority
positively -- to the Census Bureau's invitation to
participate in the address-list review opportunity.
The Census Bureau's Geography Division said officials in all
of the jurisdictions had signed and returned forms pledging
that they would protect the confidentiality of the address
lists. Signing of the confidentiality agreements was a
prerequisite for the Census Bureau to generate the
corresponding portions of the address lists handed over to
officials in each
of the jurisdictions.
Local officials will match the Census Bureau address list
against their own address lists and inform the Census Bureau
of any corrections or additions. They have three months from
the time they receive the list and the large-scale (36" x
42") map sheets for their jurisdictions to complete their
Local and tribal governments can review the census address
list in different ways. Some choose to do a comprehensive
review, including field checks, but others have indicated
they will employ a less intensive approach and focus on
areas where addresses are more likely to be missed - newly
constructed housing, apartment buildings with irregular or
missing numbering schemes for individual units, areas along
jurisdictional boundaries, etc.
Under a law passed by Congress in 1994, the Census Bureau
was directed to develop a program that would allow local and
tribal governments to provide assistance in verifying the
accuracy of its address list, which will be used in Census
2000 as the framework for conducting the census.
In early 1999, the Census Bureau will offer a similar
address-list review opportunity for areas that use other
mail-delivery methods. Staff from the Census Bureau's
Regional Census Centers have been conducting training
sessions for local and tribal participants, and will be
available throughout the program to answer questions. A
toll-free telephone number (888-688-6948) will direct calls
from participants to the appropriate census offices.
Participants receiving computer-readable files can receive
technical assistance by calling a contractor-operated help
desk at a toll-free telephone number (888-879-6656).
For further information concerning this bulletin, contact
Catherine McCully of the Census Bureau's Geography Division
on 301-457-8630 (fax: 301-457-4710; e-mail:
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