personnel living at Fort McCoy in a permanent or semi-permanent status
will receive a 2010 Census questionnaire.
Ray and David Ness of the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce,
visited Fort McCoy in early February to discuss census procedures with
Fort McCoy officials. The meeting identified all Fort McCoy housing
where servicemembers stationed at Fort McCoy would live for more than
David Ness (left) and
Michael Ray of the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce,
talk about the 2010 Census procedure at Fort McCoy with members
of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.
Photo by Rob Schuette
forms will be mailed to these addresses April 1.
Everybody will receive a 10-question Census form.
Census would prefer to receive the information through the mail. If
questionnaires aren’t returned, Census personnel will begin to conduct
in-person visits on or after May 1, Ray said.
important to fill out a Census form,” Ray said.
collected is used to determine the number of representatives each state
has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as to make federal
funding decisions, such as money sent to states for roads, etc., Ness
privacy of the information submitted through the Census is kept strictly
confidential,” Ness said. “It is sealed for 72 years after the Census.”
people who are conducting genealogical studies of their family trees
find this information very useful, he said.
information about the 2010 U.S. Census at Fort McCoy, military personnel
can contact unit administrators or chains of command, or call Fort
McCoy’s point of contact, Capt. Doug Westbrook, at 608-388-7652.
For more information
about the 2010 U.S. Census, visit the Web site
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