Planning Dept. completes Census work

Assisted Federal Government with preparation

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department has completed its work assisting the federal government with preparation for the 2020 Census.

Planning Director Scott Henze told county supervisors in March that the U.S. Census Bureau had asked the county to help with some advance work on the census.

He said Thursday that the work was completed and he doesn’t anticipate his county government branch being involved next year in census work.

“The 2020 Census is going to be starting in 2019,” Henze said.

Henze said the U.S. Census Bureau asked the county to help with county boundary line adjustments that might impact the census.

The federal government every 10 years is tasked with counting everyone in the United States once in the right place, the bureau website says. For 2020, the bureau says it will continue to improve its use of mobile technology, geospatial innovations, and internet self-response.

Henze said his planning department also assisted the bureau regarding the LUCA process, or Local Update of Census Addresses. The U.S. Census Bureau asks local jurisdictions to assist with updating addresses.

“It’s usually in areas that have apartments, such as A,B,C, D,” he said.

He said Fulton County’s Geographic Information System, or GIS, assisted in accurately locating the county’s addresses.

The U.S. Census Bureau will in 2019 be doing on-the-ground address canvassing where necessary. April 1, 2020 will be Census Day in America, when the final count is supposed to be verified.

The federal government online is currently seeking out census workers across the United States.

The first step is to complete the online job application. This process should take about 30 minutes and will include some assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. To get started people need: their Social Security number, home address (physical location and mailing address), email address and phone number, and date and place of birth.

Veterans who wish to claim veterans’ preference need supporting documentation.

Those who run into issues during the application process can call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020), and select option 1 for technical assistance or option 3 to speak with someone at your area census office.

More job information related to the 2020 Census, go online at: 2020census.gov/jobs.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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