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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Census Bureau and Postal Service Team Up for 2018 Census Test

Press Release Number CB18-TPS.23

MAY 9, 2018 — As part of a long-standing collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Postal Service has installed kiosks in 30 post offices in Providence County, R.I., to help the public respond to the 2018 Census Test.

Interactive kiosks include an internet accessible tablet for the public to fill out their 2018 Census Test questionnaire while at the post office. Responses to the census are safe, secure and protected by law. The information entered at each kiosk is through a dedicated Census Bureau website and is transmitted directly to the Census Bureau. The Postal Service does not capture, store or transmit any data to the Census Bureau through the kiosks. The kiosks are available now through July 2018 to give the public an additional way to be counted in the 2018 Census Test.

The Census Bureau is also using the U.S. Postal Service’s Informed Delivery feature, where subscribers receive an email notification enabling them to digitally preview their letter-sized mail and manage their packages scheduled to arrive that day. As subscribers view the image of the Census Bureau’s 2018 Census Test mail, it will be accompanied by a ‘Respond Now’ image that will take the user straight to the 2018 Census Test online questionnaire.

The 2018 Census Test is a critical part of preparations for the nation’s upcoming 2020 Census and includes almost 280,000 housing units in Providence County. The 2018 Census Test will help the Census Bureau validate its readiness for 2020 Census operations, procedures, systems and field infrastructure for the once-a-decade census of the population and housing units.

For more information, please visit the 2018 Census Test page or the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.  

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Amy Newcomb
Public Information Office


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