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Information for Respondents

Overview

The Report of Organization, formerly the Company Organization Survey, identifies establishments of multi-unit firms, is used to update the Census Bureau's list of businesses, and provides key source data for County Business Patterns and other statistical series.

Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at https://portal.census.gov 
  2. Add your authentication code.
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please sign-in to your Census Bureau account at https://portal.census.gov and send us a secure message or call the customer help line at 1-800-584-9066, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information.
  6. Please visit How-To Videos for information on Signing into the Respondent Portal, via your Census Bureau account, and other information on using the online reporting instrument.
  7. For survey specific information, please visit our FAQs.

Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate survey questions and instructions below.

(All files are in Adobe PDF format and are for informational purposes only)

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Letters

Letters will be available to the public in January 2023.

Authority

Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131, 182, 224, and 225, authorizes this collection and requires businesses and other organizations included in the survey to answer the questions and submit a response.

Confidentiality

Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.

The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "census.gov" domain.
  2. Correspondence sent in the form of a letter or email will contain reporting instructions and a phone number for survey assistance. Any email correspondence related to this survey will come from a census.gov address.
  3. On the sign-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. After clicking on the “Report Now” button in the Respondent Portal, the OMB Number and OMB Approval Expiration information will appear in the upper right on all screens of the electronic reporting instrument. The bottom of the screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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