Thursday, March 11, 2010

Where Are You?

Heres' the guideline about how deployed soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines will be counted for the 2010 Census:

Deployed Military with TDY Orders and Residency:

The Census Bureau will obtain counts of U.S. military and federal civilian employees stationed overseas,and their dependents living with them, that can be allocated to a home state for the purpose of reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Overseas military personnel, both stationed and deployed, will be included.

The Defense Manpower Data Center has informed Census that all military personnel identified to be deployed by definition are on temporary duty (TDY) for their service overseas.

There is no length of stay requirement included in the 2010 census for U.S. military personnel deployed outside the U.S. at the time of the census. If they are deployed on April 1, 2010, they will be counted as part of the U.S. overseas population using administrative records from the Department of Defense. The military person deployed overseas at the time of the census should not be included on the standard census questionnaire.

Census counts will be used for the allocation of Congressional seats.  Washington is on the cusp of gaining a 10th Congressional seat and the count or not of military personnel may determine the outcome.  Also, our local communities will be allocated federal dollars from multiple appropriations based on Census count.  A lower count for whatever reason, will mean a small allocation.

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