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Number: DOO 35-2B
Effective Date: 2017-05-19


a.      Documents the establishment of:

1.      The Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer by splitting the duties of the Associate Director for Administration and Chief Financial Officer position;

2.      The Assistant Director for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer reporting to the Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer;

3.      The Assistant Director for Demographic Programs reporting to the Associate Director for Demographic Programs;

4.      The Assistant Director for Field Operations reporting to the Associate Director for Field Operations;

5.      The Center for Adaptive Design reporting to the Associate Director for Research and Methodology;

6.      The Economic Management Division;

7.      The Economy-wide Statistics Division;

8.      The Economic Indicators Division;

9.      The Economic Statistical Methods Division; and

10.    The Economic Reimbursable Surveys Division.

b.      Documents the abolishment of:

1.      The Associate Director for Administration and Chief Financial Officer;

2.      The Associate Director for 2020 Census;

3.      The 2020 Research and Planning Office;

4.      The Administrative and Management Systems Division;

5.      The Economic Planning and Coordination Division;  

6.      The Company Statistics Division;

7.      The Service Sector Statistics Division;

8.      The Governments Division;

9.      The Manufacturing and Construction Division; and

10.      The Technologies Management Office.

c.      Realigns:

1.      The Equal Employment Opportunity Office to report to the Deputy Director;

2.      The Human Resources Division and Administrative and Customer Services Division to report to the Chief Administrative Officer;

3.      The Budget Division, Finance Division, and Acquisitions Division to report to the Chief Financial Officer;

4.      The American Community Survey Office to report to the Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs.

d.      Retitles and Re-describes:

1.      The Decennial Management Division as the Decennial Census Management Division;

2.      The Decennial Systems and Contracts Management Office as the Decennial Information Technology Division; 

3.      The Foreign Trade Division as the International Trade Management Division;

4.      The Economic Programming Division as the Economic Applications Division; and

5.      The Application Services Division as the Application Development and Services Division.

e.      Functionally re-describes:

1.      The Administrative and Customer Services Division;

2.      The Demographic Surveys Division;

3.      The Demographic Statistical Methods Division;

4.      The Population Division;

5.      The Computer Services Division;

6.      Decennial Statistical Studies Division;

7.      Information Systems Support and Review Office;

8.      The Finance Division; and

9.      The Budget Division.



The principal organization structure and lines of authority shall be as depicted in the attached organization chart (Exhibit 1).



.01    The Director determines policies and directs the programs of the Census Bureau, taking into account applicable legislative requirements and the needs of users of statistical information.  The Director is responsible for the conduct of the activities of the Census Bureau and for coordinating its statistical programs and activities, with those of other Federal statistical agencies with due recognition of the programs developed and regulations issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

.02    The Deputy Director shall assist the Director in the direction of the Census Bureau and perform the functions of the Director in the latter's absence. 

.03    The Policy Coordination Office shall serve in a central coordinating role for the analysis, development, implementation, and dissemination of Census Bureau-wide policies and related policy issues, particularly those related to data stewardship; implement a privacy program; and coordinate the Census Bureau’s administrative records program.

.04    The Office of Risk Management and Program Evaluation shall manage an enterprise risk management framework that provides internal oversight for the Deputy Director related to the performance, risk, and effectiveness of Census Bureau programs; manage an investment review process to review, authorize, and monitor the performance of programs within the Census Bureau portfolio; distribute standardized policy and guidance related to portfolio and project management, program evaluation, and risk management and monitors program and project performance; coordinate the integration of functional operations with the aim of improving the efficiency of key business processes; and collaborate with the Department of Commerce, Office of Program Evaluation and Risk Management, on matters related to program reviews, evaluations, and risk.

.05    The Equal Employment Opportunity Office shall provide guidance and assistance to Census Bureau officials in Equal Employment Opportunity matters, and shall plan and direct the Census
Bureau’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs consistent with Departmental guidance and policies as delegated by the Director, Office of Civil Rights.


The Office of the Associate Director for Communications shall report to the Director of the Census Bureau and coordinate his or her activities with the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, the Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Departmental Office of Public Affairs, as appropriate.  The Associate Director for Communications shall provide Congressional liaison service, be responsible for the overall public information program of the Census Bureau, and serve as the primary liaison for the Census Bureau with the Department and with other government agencies on public affairs matters; be assisted principally by the Assistant Director for Communications; and shall have and direct the staff elements and offices described below:

.01    The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs shall advise on all Congressional matters regarding the Census Bureau's activities and serve as the primary point of coordination for maintaining liaison on such activities with the Congress, State, Local, and Tribal governments in collaboration with the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and the Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

.02    The Public Information Office shall develop information programs and perform clearance reviews for the release of information disseminated by the Census Bureau, primarily through the evolving 24/7 national news media cycle and other external and internal communications networks;  manage public affairs matters regarding the release of Census Bureau data and information; provide media relations training and support to Census Bureau spokespersons; and develop, maintain and implement a communications strategy for sharing information internally with Census Bureau staff or externally with the media.

.03    The Center for New Media and Promotion shall work in close collaboration with the Information Technology Directorate towards developing state of the art data dissemination tools, data animation, and data integration; and coordinate, develop and implement integrated communications and promotional campaigns with consistent messaging and branding about the Census Bureau through the effective use of advertising, public relations and marketing, including exploring new ways of communicating through social media and evolving communications channels, as well as harnessing developing technologies for displaying and communicating statistical information and data.

.04    The Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office shall ensure two-way communication between customer groups and the Census Bureau, and facilitate access to and use of data collected by the Census Bureau; lead the development of products and services valued in the marketplace and continually strengthen the Census Bureau’s customer orientation; support data dissemination, conference planning and coordination, data product distribution, and data user training and communication; and establish and maintain national governmental, non-governmental, and corporate decennial partnerships.


The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer shall provide human resources and administrative services; implement the Freedom of Information Act complementary with such services provided at the Departmental level, to all components of the Census Bureau; and have and direct the following units:

.01    Human Resources Division shall provide integrated workforce and organization planning and development services in support of Census Bureau needs, including personnel management services, encompassing position classification, pay administration, recruitment and employment, employee training, employee relations and services, payroll services, and personnel operations.  The division shall, in collaboration with the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, provide assurance of equal opportunity in all Census Bureau employment matters. 

.02    The Administrative and Customer Services Division shall provide administrative services including property management and warehouse operations; space and leasing operations; records management; and facility management.  Plans and executes a continuity of operations program; conference planning operations; vehicle fleet management; mail management services; parking and transit subsidy program; printing, and forms management and forms design; and manages the library and library services.


The Office of the Chief Financial Officer shall oversee the implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act, the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act, and Government Performance and Results Act, including the preparation of audited financial statements and performance measures for Census Bureau activities; and overseeing financial management services, complementary with such services provided at the Departmental level, to all components of the Census Bureau; and have and direct the following units:

.01    The Budget Division shall perform budget functions which shall include preparation of
official budget estimates and justifications, and allocation and control of all funds, setting budget policies and procedures, and disseminating budget information throughout the Census Bureau.

.02    The Finance Division shall perform financial analyses; establish accounting policies; maintain financial accounts; prepare financial reports; provide travel related services, and provide technical oversight of payroll services for the decennial census.

.03    The Acquisition Division (ACQ) oversees the full range of acquisition activities relating to the programs and operations of Census Bureau in accordance with Department policies and Federal procurement regulations.



The Office of the Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) shall plan, direct, and implement the utilization of information technology (IT) resources, including capital planning and investment analyses, the IT operating plan and budget, as well as IT acquisition strategy and performance measures.  The CIO shall coordinate with the Department’s CIO, as required under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), on items such as budget and IT acquisitions. The CIO will also be responsible for ensuring and providing supporting infrastructure, IT security, planning and directing programs for IT operations for  telecommunications services; oversee the total systems environment of the Census Bureau; enforce comprehensive Census Bureau-wide IT policies and standards; serve as the senior Information Resources Management official; advise the Office of the Director in these fields; be assisted principally by the Assistant Director for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer; and be responsible for and direct the following units:

.01    The Chief Technology Office shall be responsible for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Census Bureau by fostering and facilitating innovation; focusing on centralization and collaboration of business and IT processes; ensuring the security, quality and timeliness of business information; and establishing mechanisms to ensure accountability, cost-effectiveness, and credibility in all IT investments.

.02    The Information Systems Support and Review Office shall develop Information Technology (IT) plans, including strategic, operational, business and acquisition in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau’s program areas.  Responsible for centralized management and oversight of all central IT contracts.  Provides financial management and centralized administrative support for the IT Directorate.  Responsible for centralized implementation of IT project management and Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Requirements Management and Program/Project management methodologies and procedures.

.03    The Application Development and Services Division shall provide software business solutions through support and expertise in multiple capacities in the procurement, development, use, and maintenance of software applications and products that support the broad spectrum of business needs at the Census Bureau; and build enterprise applications serving multiple Census Bureau business areas.  These applications focus on administrative support business needs, the Census Bureau web environment, and on Census Bureau survey programs.  All application development and support is aligned with the Census Bureau corporate Enterprise Architecture standards and procedures.  The division will also consult on emerging software technologies, and on technical considerations in the development of software, including the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products.  Maintains the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) for the Bureau.

.04    The Office of Information Security shall develop and maintain the Census Bureau's IT security program; assure the proper procedures and safeguards for protection of IT resources and the confidentiality of program and administrative data; advise the Associate Director for IT and Chief Information Officer on matters pertaining to IT security; and coordinate the Census Bureau's responsibilities under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) governing information security.

.05    The Local Area Network Technology Support Office shall plan, direct, and coordinate personal computer and local area network services and support for those divisions and offices within its authority; serve as the focal point for Census Bureau office automation (OA); provide OA information, guidance, support, and organizational policy; provide user assistance and informational services needed to facilitate user interaction with all Census Bureau computer systems; address all problems and questions related to the use of the Census Bureau's IT resources; and provide liaison services between the IT directorate and subject matter areas for the distribution of information regarding the Census Bureau’s computer systems.

.06    The Computer Services Division shall operate and manage the computer center serving the Census Bureau and other customers; monitor systems and communications; deliver systems administration services; architecture and engineering support; provisioning of servers and storage
infrastructure; disaster recovery, enterprise backup services; media management, facilities management; after-hours help desk; and data center hosting.

.07    The Telecommunications Office shall develop operational plans for and conduct research and tests on new or more efficient methods of providing data communication services to the Census Bureau; assure proper maintenance and use of telecommunication resources; and design solutions leading to the acquisition of new equipment in support of the Census Bureau’s overall communications objectives.



The Office of the Associate Director for Field Operations shall direct programs of field data collection and pre-computer processing operations, and user information; be assisted principally by the Assistant Director for Field Operations; and be responsible for and direct the following units:

.01    The National Processing Center, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, shall conduct statistical processing operations for assigned current and special surveys or censuses; provide related administrative and logistics services for assigned programs; exercise such authority in personnel and other management areas as is specifically delegated; and administer a personal census service to furnish information about individuals as reflected by census records, as provided by law.

.02    The Field Division shall plan, organize, coordinate, and conduct the Census Bureau's field data collection program; maintain and administer a flexible field organization through the regional offices and temporary district and other branch or area offices; and provide for the effective deployment of field personnel for the efficient conduct of data collection at the local level.  The principal field structure of the Census Bureau shall consist of Regional Offices, each headed by a Regional Director who shall report to the Chief of the Field Division.

a.         Each Regional Office shall perform assigned field data collection programs, including recurring and special sample surveys of varying sizes and complexity, periodic censuses, and special censuses and surveys.
b.      Temporary district or other subordinate offices shall be established under the Regional Offices, as required for a specific census or special survey.



The Office of the Associate Director for Economic Programs shall plan and direct the economic statistical programs and advise the Office of the Director in these fields; be assisted principally by the Assistant Director for Economic Programs; and have and direct the following units:

.01       The Economic Applications Division shall support and improve survey and census programs in the Economic Directorate through the development and implementation of sound information
technology programming and methods; and seeks to ensure that development and production applications, as well as computer programs and systems are consistently secured and maintained, broadly understood, follow enterprise standards, and are implemented in all economic areas. 

.02    The Economic Indicators Division shall provide overall direction for the planning and conduct of economic indicator and associated programs; provide subject matter expertise for executing the economic indicator programs, including related non-indicator annual, quarterly, and monthly surveys plans content; conducts data analysis; and determines, develops, and disseminates approved data products; conducts analytical research; prepare and disseminate analytical reports and special studies; and is responsible for interacting with data users and respondents. 

.03    The Economic Management Division shall provide operational direction for the planning and conduct of censuses and surveys and their associated programs; support project management and operational process improvement activities across the directorate; develop systems’ requirements and processing procedures to conduct censuses and surveys; and identify requirements and provide support in the development of data collection, data processing, and data dissemination tools. 

.04    The Economic Reimbursable Surveys Division shall provide overall direction for the planning and conduct of the reimbursable programs within the Economic Directorate; provide subject matter expertise for executing the reimbursable surveys programs; plan content; conduct data analysis; determine, develop, and approve data products; conduct analytical research; prepare analytical reports and special studies; and interact with survey sponsors, data users, and respondents.

.05    The Economic Statistical Methods Division shall provide expertise in statistical and survey methods for survey and census programs in the Economic Directorate; conduct research to support the Economic Directorate’s programs and other Census Bureau initiatives; manage the address frames for the economic census and survey programs and is responsible for the acquisition, processing, and evaluation of existing and new administrative data sources in support of these frames; develop standard classification definitions, assist with implementation to ensure consistency across the directorate, and regularly evaluate and update the classification definitions to reflect changing business models in the economy.  

.06    The Economy-Wide Statistics Division shall provide overall direction for the planning and conduct of economic census and survey programs; provide subject matter expertise for executing the survey and census programs; plan content; compile and conduct data analysis; determine, develop, and disseminate approved data products; conducts analytical research; prepare and disseminate analytical reports and special studies; and is responsible for interacting with data users and respondents. 

.07    The International Trade Management Division shall coordinate and conduct collection, processing, and analysis of data from domestic and foreign governments and compile information to produce measures of government economic activity and international trade; manage trade regulations; support and direct systems for processing and collecting international and governments data; work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on all aspects of the international data system; coordinate outreach and education activities for the Directorate; and coordinate and support data management and stewardship policies for the Directorate.  



The Office of the Associate Director for Demographic Programs shall plan and direct the current and special social, demographic, and international statistical programs; provide for overall plans and programs for the periodic social and demographic programs; advise the Office of the Director in these fields; provide, at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and of countries participating in the USAID program, short and long-term consultation services; be principally assisted by the Assistant Director for Demographic Programs; and have and direct the following units:

.01    The Demographic Surveys Division shall plan and develop systems and prepare computer programs for the processing of applicable data for specified current and special surveys; and conduct survey processing activities on household surveys for other agencies.

.02    The Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division shall compile, analyze, and publish timely, accurate, and relevant data and information on the social, economic, and housing characteristics of the Nation’s population.

.03    The Demographic Statistical Methods Division shall provide statistical, technological, and survey expertise to ensure demographic data integrity by designing and developing timely, cost-effective survey samples; developing estimation and analytical methods; measuring and controlling total survey error; and ensuring compliance with quality standards.

.04    The Population Division shall develop overall plans and programs for the collection and processing of U.S. population and housing census counts, as well as international census and survey data; develop plans for and reviews data collection and processing on basic demographic characteristics of the population; prepare estimates and projections of the population and housing units for the United States, and of the population for all other countries of the world; and conduct and publish analyses of population groups, patterns, trends, and geographic distribution.



The Office of the Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs shall direct and provide planning
and coordination for decennial censuses; be principally assisted by the Assistant Director for Decennial Census Programs; and direct the following staff elements and units:

.01    The Decennial Census Management Division shall serve as the centralized management office responsible for planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Decennial Census Program, including oversight and management for the schedule, scope, and costs at both the program and project levels, and monitoring readiness of all internally and externally provided systems needed by the decennial census; ensure all aspects of program management are in place for all decennial operations and special enumeration operations; nonresponse operations and evaluations; infrastructure; self-response, Puerto Rico/Island area enumeration and content/data products; and operations and systems integration.

.02    The Decennial Statistical Studies Division shall coordinate, develop, and implement mathematical statistical techniques in the design and conduct of the American Community Survey (ACS) and decennial censuses; research and test methods for alternate sample design and selection,
data collection, processing, quality control, the use of administrative records, questionnaire content, estimation, imputation, and variance estimation; plan, design, and manage the post enumeration survey operations to measure coverage of the decennial census, including the design and implementation of automated data collection instruments and matching methodology to identify duplicates; and provide expert advice on statistical methodology and survey methodology for the Decennial Directorate.

.03    The Geography Division shall plan, coordinate, and administer all geographic and cartographic activities needed to facilitate the Census Bureau's statistical programs throughout the United States and its territories; manage the Census Bureau's programs to continuously update the addresses, features, boundaries, and geographic entities in its nationwide, automated geographic support system;  conduct research into geographic concepts, methods, and standards needed to facilitate the Census Bureau's data collection and data dissemination programs; develop criteria to identify geographic entities needed for reporting statistical data where no legal entity exists; devise systems and methodologies to provide specialized maps, geographic reports, and geographic data for publication and electronic dissemination; represent the geographic, cartographic, and geospatial responsibilities of the Census Bureau within the federal government; provide expert advice on geographic and cartographic methods and practice appropriate for statistical programs; and coordinate partnership activities with tribal, state, and local governments to acquire the most authoritative geospatial data and to share feedback as part of the collaboration.

.04    The Decennial Information Technology Division shall serve as a centralized office for most directorate IT related functions specific to the business areas in the directorate as well as enterprise data dissemination; including application development and operations, infrastructure coordination, IV&V, data dissemination, and systems engineering and integration activities (e.g., configuration management, requirements management, and IT Directorate liaison). 

.05    The American Community Survey Office shall provide the overall program management of the American Community Survey (ACS) including the planning, implementing, and monitoring of the production activities in addition to the research and evaluation efforts;  provide detailed demographic, economic, social and housing characteristics for small geographic areas and small population groups on a continual basis; coordinate with the subject matters areas that are responsible for the sample design, data collection operations, data processing activities, and dissemination of the data as well as outreach and promotional efforts; work with Federal Agencies to ensure that the ACS meets their data and information needs so they can effectively manage their programs; provide education opportunities to a wide-range of audiences, such as members of Congress, federal, state, local and tribal officials, professional associations, media, data users, and the general public, about the ACS.


The Office of the Associate Director for Research and Methodology shall plan and direct programs relating to the statistical adequacy of proposed collections and the application of appropriate statistical methodology and techniques; conduct long-range studies on the basic problems of measurement of social and economic phenomena; provide research and consulting facilities specifically for psychological and behavioral science factors; advise the Office of the Director in these fields; be principally assisted by the Assistant Director for Research and Methodology, and have and direct the following units:

.01    The Center for Statistical Research and Methodology shall conduct research on statistical design, modeling and analysis methods for the Census Bureau’s data collection and dissemination programs, in collaboration with colleagues in the Research and Methodology Directorate, other directorates, and outside researchers; collaborate with statisticians and subject-matter specialists throughout the Census Bureau’s directorates on appropriate statistical design and analysis methods, and the solution of operational problems that have statistical aspects; and in collaboration with program staff, develop statistical software to implement new statistical design and analysis methods and advise on appropriate application of these methods.

.02    The Center for Economic Studies shall conduct research on economic and allied social science topics; advise relevant Census Bureau census, survey, and administrative records programs on the use of econometric modeling for improving economic and social measurement; and manage a program through which non-Census Bureau employees gain access to and use Census Bureau micro records for approved research purposes.

.03    The Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications shall develop and implement new record linkage and statistical methods, while ensuring confidentiality of combined data from administrative records, censuses, and surveys to create and publish new, or enhanced, demographic and socioeconomic products and services; coordinate the development of products to provide uniformity across all data and information releases and serve as the customer point of contact for demographic information services; conduct applied research; publish or assist others in the preparation of analytic reports; and support the Census Bureau’s strategic research and enhancement of operations.

.04    The Center for Disclosure Avoidance Research shall assure that the Census Bureau can effectively disseminate the maximum amount of high-quality data about the Nation’s people and economy while fully meeting the Census Bureau’s legal and ethical obligation to protect the
confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide; achieve this goal through ongoing research in disclosure risk analysis and reduction (sponsored by or conducted by the Census Bureau) and implementation of state of the art techniques in disclosure risk reduction for data files disseminated by the Census Bureau; research new and improved disclosure avoidance methods and new methods to disseminate Census Bureau data products; and implement new techniques into production activities as they are discovered either by that research or by other research.

.05    The Center for Survey Measurement shall advise relevant Census Bureau survey and census programs in the formulation, planning, general direction and review of broadly based methodological research programs; provide technical leadership and support to the Census Bureau in the design and pretesting of questionnaires and instruments for censuses and surveys, with a focus on non-sampling and measurement errors, especially those related to psychological, sociological and anthropological factors; provide expert advice on questionnaire construction, question wording and placement, and the whole range of methodological issues associated with conducting surveys and censuses; and provide technical leadership and support to the Census Bureau on the effective use of paradata.

.06    The Center for Adaptive Design shall research, evaluate, develop, and implement new and emerging methodology and system design to use paradata, administrative records, and survey response data to optimize Census Bureau data collection processes; champion innovation in the area of survey and census efficiency by enabling the use of these empirical data in near real time to facilitate intelligent business decisions; perform original research and development of adaptive survey design principles and techniques with a view toward implementing an enterprise approach that reduces system duplication and increases efficiency; develop and promote the use of mathematical, statistical, and computer methods and techniques; provide guidance to subject matter specialists in the Census Bureau and other organizations on all aspects of adaptive survey design; and work to educate Census Bureau customers and stakeholders about the benefits of using these tools and techniques.



This Order supersedes Department Organization Order 35-2B, dated July 15, 2011.


Signed by: Director, Bureau of the Census; Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

Approved by: Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration


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