List of Available PIAs:

Data Stewardship/Privacy Impact Assessment [xls]
  1. American Community Survey [xls]
  2. Automated Export Trade Statistics [xls]
  3. Building Permits Programs [xls]
  4. Center for Economic Studies [xls]
  5. Data Access and Dissemination Systems [xls]
  6. Decennial 2010 [xls]
  7. Decennial Headquarters Processing Support [PDF]
  8. Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS) [PDF]
  9. Demographic Surveys Program [xls]
  10. Economic Census and Surveys [PDF]
  11. Exporter Database [PDF]
  12. Federal Assistance Award Data System (FAADS) [PDF]
  13. Field Support Systems [xls]
  14. Geographic Support Systems [PDF]
  15. Governments Division Reimbursable Programs [PDF]
  16. Import and Export Statistics [PDF]
  17. Internet Data Collection Service (IDCS) [PDF]
  18. Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamic Program [xls]
  19. MAF/TIGER Enhancements Program [xls]
  20. Mandatory Economic Census and Surveys [PDF]
  21. National Longitudinal Mortality Study [xls]
  22. Population Estimates [PDF]
  23. Small Area Estimates (SAIPE and SAHIE) [xls]
  24. Statistical Administrative Records System [xls]
  25. Statistical Research Division Research Computing [xls]
  26. Survey of Business Owners [PDF]
  27. Voluntary Economic Surveys [PDF]

Census Bureau Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)

General Information

Consistent with the objectives of the E-Government Act and in the spirit of our privacy principle of Openness, the Census Bureau is releasing to the public our Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs). Privacy Impact Assessments are required by the E-Government Act of 2002 whenever a federal agency is "developing or procuring information technology . . . or initiating a new collection of information . . . in an identifiable form . . . ." The purpose of a Privacy Impact Assessment is to ensure there is no collection, storage, access, use or dissemination of identifiable personal information (and for some organizations business information) that is not both needed and permitted. To the left on the screen, you will find the inventory of the PIAs (Microsoft® Excel® Spreadsheet Format).

In addition to being required by the E-Government Act of 2002, Privacy Impact Assessments are required by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-11 and OMB Exhibit 300, "Capital Asset Plan and Business Case," which tie together privacy considerations and executive agency funding requests.

Though the assessments refer specifically to "privacy," the Census Bureau assessments also typically cover confidentiality, access to data, and use of data. A Privacy Impact Assessment is conducted on every program that contains Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Identifiable Business Information (IBI), or both. Identifiable information is information that actually identifies people or businesses. Examples include direct references such as name, address, social security number, employer identification number, or other identifying number or code such as telephone number, email address. It also includes any information used separately or in combination to reference other data elements that are used for identification such as gender, race, date of birth, or geographic indicator. The Census Bureau takes very seriously its role as data steward - assuring that we can effectively collect and our customers can use high quality data about the Nation’s people and economy while fully meeting ethical and legal obligations to respondents to respect privacy and protect confidentiality. At the Census Bureau, Privacy Impact Assessments are one of many tools and processes that help us achieve our mission to collect and disseminate data products and the legal and ethical obligations to protect privacy and confidentiality.