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The Census Bureau published a sixty-day Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice to solicit comments on the Household Pulse Survey, Small Business Pulse Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation.  Comments are due July 20, 2020.


About the Household Pulse Survey

The Bureau has developed the Household Pulse Survey as an experimental endeavor to provide insight into individuals' experiences on social and economic dimensions.

This survey, conducted under the auspices of the Census Bureau's Experimental Data Series, is designed to be a new data source on employment, spending, food security, housing, health and educational disruption.

The Census Bureau will sample approximately 2,159,000 housing units, with an additional approximately 1,100,000 housing units each subsequent week of data collection.

Weekly survey estimates will be produced by weighting the results to the estimate of the occupied number of housing units from the American Community Survey (ACS) at the geographic levels of the nation, state, and metropolitan area.

About the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS)

The SBPS will provide weekly national, state, and large metropolitan statistical area (MSA) information on changes in business operations, employment, worker hours, and the availability of consumer goods and services impacting American life.

The survey will reach nearly one million non-farm single-location employer businesses.

The survey captures information on concepts such as business closings, changes in employment and hours, disruptions to supply chain, and expectations for future operations. These economic data will be used to understand how economic changes are affecting American businesses and the U.S. economy.  

The Census Bureau will publish its plans in a 60-day Federal Register notice with comments due July 20, 2020.

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About the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)


The SIPP is a household-based survey about annual and sub-annual dynamics of income, family and household content, movement into and out of government programs, and interactions of these topics in a single, unified dataset allowing for in-depth, informed analyses. 

Government domestic policy formulators and evaluators depend heavily upon the information collected in the SIPP in their analyses of the distribution of income received either directly as money or indirectly as in-kind benefits and the effect of tax and transfer programs on that distribution.

They also rely on the SIPP data to provide improved and expanded information on the dynamics of income and the general economic and financial situation of the U.S. population, in the context of the household situation, which the SIPP has provided on a continuing basis since 1983.

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