Department of Commerce

Release Census Address Files

Currently, Census Address Files are not in the public domain. Releasing only the list of address, while protecting personal privacy, would be a boon to private sector while saving other governement agencies resources since they are paying to develop these same addesss lists. For example the broad band mapping program is spending many millions, a nationwide address file would save them millions since they need not compile what the census bureau has but cannot realease. A national address list could be used in developing a national early warning system for mortage failures which have had a dramatic impact on our financial system. A national list of addresses in the public domain would yeild many benfits.

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