To create a State Data Center/Business Industry Data Center Program that is a model of Federal-State cooperation by being well-managed, providing efficient and timely access to data and meeting the needs of the government partners and the ultimate customer, the data users.
The mission of the State Data Center program is to provide efficient access to U.S. Census Bureau data and data products, provide training and technical assistance to data users, and provide a mechanism for feedback to the Census Bureau on data usability, state and local government data needs, and operational issues.
To accomplish this mission, the State Data Center lead agencies organize a statewide network of coordinating and affiliate agencies. This network works in partnership with the Census Bureau through the Census Bureau's Customer Liaison Office (CLO) and Regional Offices. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the State Data Center lead agency in each state and the Census Bureau authorizes and supports this partnership. The State Data Centers are official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau and other state and federal agencies. CLO will attempt to make available Census Bureau data products to the SDCs at no charge though fees may be charged for customized products. CLO will also attempt to include data products from other federal agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The SDCs make these data accessible to state, regional, local and tribal governments, and non-governmental data users at no charge or on a cost-recovery or reimbursable basis as appropriate. A primary goal of the SDC Program is to provide data and information at little or no cost to its users. Due to organizational structures, some State Data Centers are required to charge for services to cover their salaries and expenses.
The SDCs also provide training and technical assistance in the use of Census
Bureau data for research, administration, planning and decision making to local
governments, the business community, researchers, and other interested data
users. The expertise of the national State Data Center network has proved to
be a valuable source of feedback to the Census Bureau on data use, the operational
aspects of decennial and economic census and survey programs, and the various
federal-state-local partnership programs that support Census activities.