Obtaining Special Sworn Status
Researchers are required to obtain special sworn status prior to beginning research at the California Census Research Data Center. To obtain special sworn status, researchers must be fingerprinted, make a sworn statement in the presence of a notary public, and provide additional information for background checks. Once completed, this process establishes the researcher as a temporary uncompensated employee of the U.S. Census Bureau. While working on projects at the CCRDC, researchers should consider themselves to be temporary uncompensated Census Bureau employees.
Researchers with approved projects sign an agreement with the University of California and the Center for Economic Studies that stipulates the conditions under which data may be accessed at the Research Data Center. Any violation of the terms of this agreement will result in the termination of the project.
All statistical output researchers that is removed from the CCRDC must undergo disclosure analysis prior to removal. No printed or other output may be removed from the research data center without approval from the RDC administrator. Coordinating disclosure analysis with the RDC administrator with sufficient lead time before conference presentations or submission of journal articles is the responsibility of the researcher.
All approved projects submit with their proposal a description of the benefits their project will provide to the Census Bureau. At the end of the every project, a write-up must describing how the promised benefits were provided (or in some cases, why the researchers were not able to provide them). Please remember that, under the U.S. Code, Title 13, Chapter 5, the Census Bureau is allowed to give the confidential data to researchers ONLY if the project will provide suitable benefits to the Bureau. Thus, documenting the benefits your project provided is VERY important. Researchers not completing this description of benefits will NOT be approved for future projects.
Researchers are required to submit to the Center for Economic Studies a working paper describing the results of work completed at the California Census Research Data Center. Submission of a working paper does not preclude publication elsewhere. If a working paper has been published elsewhere, researchers are encouraged to contact CES with the new citation, and the working paper will be removed from circulation. For reference, please see the CES Working Papers Series.
The following disclaimer must be included with all researchers' publications resulting from use of data at the California Census Research Data Center:
"This paper (chapter) reports the results of research and analysis undertaken while the author(s) was a research affiliate at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. It has undergone a Census Bureau review more limited in scope than that given to official Census Bureau publications. Research results and conclusions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily indicate concurrence by the Census Bureau."
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