Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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2020 Census

2020 Census 

Virtual Job Fair: Working for the U.S. Census Bureau

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is hosting a virtual job fair highlighting hundreds of temporary job openings throughout the state with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The virtual job fair is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to noon EDT on Thursday, May 21, and will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the available jobs. Responsibilities mostly involve going door-to-door and collecting census data from local citizens. The Indiana Recruiting Manager from the U.S Census Bureau will cover the job opportunities in detail, along with how to apply.

The Region 5 Workforce Board welcomes the opportunity to assist the Census Bureau in hiring Hoosiers to gather census information for Indiana. The collection of accurate and complete data ensures that the State receives an appropriate share of federally allocated resources.

A Region 5 Business Representative initiated the idea of a virtual job fair while working with a local Census Bureau contact. After realizing the need for workers was statewide, the fair is being promoted with the outreach support of local Workforce Boards and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) throughout Indiana.

To protect the health and safety of its workforce and the public, the Census Bureau has taken the following safety measures prior to resuming field operations: Secured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizer for field and office staff; conducted deep cleaning of office workspaces; developed mandatory COVID-19 training (outlining steps for staying safe while performing field duties); practicing social distancing, including shift work, in offices; and maximizing telework, when possible. 

Those interested in the job fair but unable to attend live can still register, as a recording will be sent via email the following day. 

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3050798827669304336. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.

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The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Indiana in the week of May 18. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority. 

The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside households and an estimated 39,000 households in Indiana. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham Statement on 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Over 70 million households have responded to date, representing over 48% of all households in America. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.


The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible following June 1. 


In-person activities, including all interaction with the public, enumeration, office work and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance to promote the health and safety of staff and the public. This will include recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices.

Once 2020 Census data collection is complete, the Census Bureau begins a lengthy, thorough and scientifically rigorous process to produce the apportionment counts, redistricting information and other statistical data products that help guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

In order to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress of 120 additional calendar days to deliver final apportionment counts.

Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.

For more details, please see 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.

 

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The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to the decennial 2020 census, to which you may respond either online, by phone, or by U.S. mail.

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, public safety, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

As a partner of the 2020 Census, my staff and I will be working to ensure that all residents in the 5th District of Indiana are accurately counted and represented. This confidential count affects how we plan for the future and our voice in government. Responding to the 2020 Census is our civic duty, and I encourage all Hoosiers to participate.

To learn more about the 2020 Census, click here or call my Carmel office at 317-848-0201.