ASA Seeks Member Input on American Community Survey

Recently the U.S Census Bureau published a notice in the Federal Register that invites the public to comment by May 9, 2011, on the continuation of the American Community Survey. The American Sociological Association is currently drafting a comment on behalf of its members. And to help draft this comment the ASA is asking its members to share any of their concerns or suggestions regarding the American Community Survey.

A copy of the Federal Register notice can be accessed via the Internet.

If you have any concerns or suggestions on the American Community Survey, please send them to by May 1, 2011.

In particular, the Census Bureau is looking for comments on:

  • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility:
  • The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information:
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected: and
  • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Thank you for considering this request.

Brad Smith
Director, Public Affairs & Public Information
American Sociological Association