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Posted on: January 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Information Regarding Census Bureau Field Staff


Information Regarding Census Bureau Field Staff


The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police Department would like to inform you Census Bureau Field Staff will possibly be contacting residents in our area beginning January 16, 2020, until March 30, 2020.


The United States Department notified us of Commerce, Office of Security, that Census Bureau Field Staff will be contacting residents to verify addresses and gather information.  This information is provided to keep our community informed and let you know how to identify Census Bureau Staff to prevent possible scams.        

The United States Department of Commerce, Office of Security, advises Census Bureau Staff will have a laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo, as well as a photo identification card. 

From the United States Census Bureau website, Los Angeles Region

How to identify a Census Bureau field representative

If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, here are some ways to verify the individual is a Census Bureau employee:

The field representative will present an ID badge that includes:

their name,

their photograph,

a Department of Commerce watermark, and

an expiration date.

A field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.

The field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.

Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.

Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.


If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.

 For additional information regarding Census Bureau Telephone Interviews, Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams, Staff Directory, and Regional Office information, please visit the Census Bureau website Los Angeles Region at https://www.census.gov/about/regions/los-angeles/contact/identify.html.

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