1.Group Quarters (GQ) Operations:
The Group Quarters Validation (GQV) Operation supports the Census Bureau’s efforts to compile the most accurate Census Bureau address file using improved methodologies for data collection and coverage. GQV verifies the address has the correct census geography, validates the address as a Group Quarter (GQ), housing unit, transient location, non-residential address, vacant unit, or address requiring deletion. If validated as a GQ, GQV determines the type of GQ and collects all pertinent information about the GQ.
The Group Quarters Advance Visit (GQAV) Operation is dependent upon the GQV Operation. Crew Leaders visit all GQs and meet with the designated contact person to verify the GQ name, address, contact name and phone number, and obtain an expected Census Day population count so that the correct amount of enumeration materials can be prepared, and arrange a date for the enumeration at the facility. The operation also researches potential GQ adds.
The Group Quarters Enumeration (GQE) Operation, census enumerators visit group quarters (including military GQs), develop a control list of all residents, assign an address status code, and distribute questionnaires for completion. Within a few days, the enumerator returns to the GQ to collect completed questionnaires, obtain information for any missing items, and obtain census information for any missing questionnaires based on the control list prepared at the initial visit.
Some types of facilities, such as jails and prisons, are “self-enumerated” facilities. These facilities use census procedures to conduct the enumeration, and the facility employees become special sworn census employees to protect the confidentiality of the census information.
2. The Update/Enumerate (U/E) Operation enumerators canvass assignment areas to update residential addresses, including adding living quarters that were not included on the address listing pages, update Census Bureau maps, and complete a questionnaire for each housing unit. For Census 2000, these areas included selected American Indian reservations, colonias (usually rural Spanish-speaking communities), and resort areas with high concentrations of seasonally vacant living quarters. Interviews are conducted using a paper questionnaire. Each housing unit is classified as Occupied, Vacant, or Delete. Completed questionnaires are shipped to the data capture centers. Registers and maps are shipped to National Processing Center (NPC) for data capture and digitizing.
3. Update/Leave (U/L) Field Operation enumerators canvass the blocks in their assignment areas, update the address list and census maps, determine if the housing unit is a duplicate or does not exist and needs to be deleted, and delivers addressed census questionnaires to each unit. They also prepare and drop off questionnaires to any added housing units that they find in their assignment areas not on existing census address lists. These questionnaires are mailed back by the respondent.
4. The Local Census Office (LCO) Staffing Operation recruits, hires, selects, and releases office and field staff; performs supervisory and non-supervisory functions for office activities and field operations; distributes training and procedural manuals for office staff; and trains employees and office staff for the field operations performed at the LCO.