Is this a Legitimate Request?


Have you recently been contacted by a Field Economist from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about participating in the National Compensation Survey (NCS)? Are you concerned whether this is a legitimate request? Rest assured … it is.

Below are several ways to be sure that the survey and the interviewer contacting you are legitimate.

Field Economist Identification

Anyone contacting you regarding participation in the National Compensation Survey will:

  • Display their official U.S. Department of Labor identification badge which contains their photograph when visiting your company
  • Identify themselves as an employee of the U.S. Department of Labor and/or Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • State the name of the survey when revealing the purpose of their call
  • Upon request, provide an introductory letter from the BLS Regional Commissioner on official U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics letterhead

If you would like to confirm the identity of anyone contacting you regarding the NCS, please call the Regional Office for your state so they may address your concerns.

Please note: It is a federal offense for anyone to pretend they work for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Section 912 of Title 18, U.S. Code, states that anyone pretending to be a government employee shall be fined and/or imprisoned for up to three years.

Last Modified Date: November 2, 2017