Census Bureau to close regional offices

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On June 29, the U.S. Census Bureau announced reforms that are designed to reduce costs and enhance data quality.

Through these reforms, the Census Bureau will eliminate half of its regional offices, including the office located in Kansas City.

A total of six regional offices will continue to operate. Those offices are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.

"As we go through this transition over the next 18 months, our Regional Office employees affected by this realignment will be our first priority," U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said.

The Census Bureau will continue to use field interviewers to collect information throughout all of its regions.

"Our professional field interviewers across the country are critical to helping us generate vital statistics about our economy, our communities and our households," Groves said. "We owe it to them and the American people to constantly improve our processes and become more efficient, using taxpayer money wisely while maintaining the highest quality statistics."

The reform changes will reduce the Census Bureau's workforce by more than 115 jobs. Most staff reductions will be completed through attrition, early retirement and transfers to vacant positions.

The changes are estimated to save around $15 million annually beginning in 2014.

The changes are the first to the Census Bureau's field office structure since 1961.

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