Friday, May 07, 2010


No, NRFU is not obscene texting slang (so far as I know)- its meaning is explained in the message below. I thought the message (that was sent to Missouri library directors) might well interest everyday Missourians who may encounter census enumerators-- and possibly persons claiming to be census enumerators:

Library Directors,

Just in case you have patrons with questions regarding the door-to-door enumeration phase of the 2010 Census, below is a quick update on the second phase of the decennial Census-- Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU).

1. Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) is the name given to the phase of the decennial census when Census takers visit households that did not return the 2010 Census questionnaire.
2. NRFU started on May 1 across the country
3. Most important message: Open your door to the Census taker. If your address is on their list, your questionnaire was likely not received.

Census takers will:

1. show you their official ID
2. provide the phone number of their supervisor or the local census office for verification if asked
3. never ask to enter your home
4. only ask the questions on the 2010 Census form
5. never ask for your Social Security number or banking information

If individuals want to confirm that the person who has come to their door is employed by the Census Bureau, Missourians can call the Kansas City Regional Census Center at (816)-994-2000.

Let me know if you have any other questions related to NRFU. Thanks!

Katina Jones
Coordinator, Missouri Census Data Center
Statistical Research Analyst
Missouri State Library
P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102
phone 573.526.1087 / fax 573.751.3612

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