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Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS)


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This section answers the most frequently asked questions about the Management and Organizational Practices Survey. If you don't find an answer to your particular question, please contact staff.


Questions and Answers - by Category

General


1.   What is the purpose of the Management and Organizational Practices Survey?

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the Management and Organizational Practices Survey to better understand current and evolving management and organizational practices and to assist in identifying determinants of establishment and productivity growth. Census data are essential for business and government decision making. Information from businesses like yours also provides reliable data for your industry and your community.

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2.   Is this survey mandatory?

Yes, your response is required by law. Title 13 United States Code, Sections 8(b), 131 and 182, authorizes this collection. Sections 224 and 225 require your response.

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3.  My company is not a manufacturer. What should I do?

If you do not manufacture products at the location shown in the address box of the report form, please indicate the nature of your business in the remarks section and return the form to us.

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4.  My establishment is no longer in business. What should I do?

Complete the survey with data for any period of time during the 2015 calendar year that the establishment was in operation. If the establishment was not in operation during the 2015 calendar year, please indicate that the establishment was not in business in the remarks section and return the form to us.

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5.  My establishment was not in business in 2010. What should I do?

If the establishment was not in operation during the 2010 calendar year, please do not report data for 2010.

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6.  What is the reporting period for this survey?

This survey asks about your management practices in 2010 and 2015, as well as forecasts for activity in 2016 and 2017. Report data for the calendar years in question. If calendar year book figures are not available except at considerable cost, reasonable estimates will be accepted.

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7.  How do I contact the Census Bureau?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact staff.

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8.  When is the Management and Organizational Practices Survey due?

The deadline for returning data to the Census Bureau is 30 days after receiving the questionnaire or June 24, 2016, whichever occurs later.


Completing the Report


9.  How do I report my data?

Instructions in PDF format for how to report data can be found at Management and Organizational Practices Survey Business Help Site.

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10.  How can I compile my data before reporting online?

You can get a copy of the form to compile your data before reporting online from the Forms & Letters page or by clicking on Survey Log in, entering your user ID and password, and selecting the link under the "View/Print Form as PDF" column on the main menu.

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11.  Where do I find the User ID and Password?

The User ID and Password are provided on the front page of the form, in the INTERNET REPORTING OPTION AVAILABLE section.

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12.  I lost my user ID and password. How can I access it?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact staff.

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13.  Are online electronic services secured?

Yes. The information transferred from your computer to our server is encrypted.

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14.  How long will it take to complete this survey?

We estimate this survey will take an average of 45 minutes to complete, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.

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15.  I need more time. Can I obtain an extension?

Yes. Go to

enter your unique user ID and password, select the 'Time Extension' button, and follow the instructions to select a new due date.

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16.  I ran out of space for comments in the Remarks section. What do I do?

If you run out of space, use the

to email the additional information.

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17.  Can I use estimates to complete the report form?

Estimates are acceptable when responding to the questions on this report form.

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18.  I was not an employee at this establishment in 2010. What should I do?

If you were not an employee at this establishment, please consult with an employee who was employed at this establishment in 2010 to assist in answering these questions. If an employee who was employed at this establishment in 2010 is not available, please answer to the best of your ability with the information available to you.

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19.  I do not see an answer choice that represents the situation at my establishment. What should I do?

In the event that none of the available answer choices reflect the situation at this establishment, please choose the answer that most closely represents the situation at this establishment.

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Survey Definitions


20.  What is an establishment/plant?

An establishment is generally a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. For the purpose of this survey, the terms "establishment" and "plant" are synonymous.

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21.  What is a firm/company?

A firm is a business organization or entity consisting of one domestic establishment (location) or more under common ownership or control. All establishments of subsidiary firms are included as part of the owning or controlling firm. For the purpose of this survey, the terms "firm" and "company" are synonymous.

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22.  What are key performance indicators?

The following list includes examples of key performance indicators that should be considered in questions (2), (3), (4), and (5): Metrics on production, cost, waste, quality, inventory, energy, absenteeism and deliveries on time.

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23.  What are production targets?

The following list includes examples of production targets that should be considered in questions (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), and (12): production, quality, efficiency, waste, on-time delivery.

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24.  What is the difference between managers and non-managers?

A manager is someone who has employees directly reporting to them, with whom they meet on a regular basis, and whose pay and promotion they may be involved with, e.g., Plant Manager, Human Resource Manager, Quality Manager.

Non-managers are all employees at the establishment who are not managers as defined above.

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25.  Who is an employee?

Follow the definition of an employee used on the Internal Revenue Service Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Tax Return and as described in Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide. Report employees at the establishment who worked or received pay for the part of the pay period including the 12th of March.

INCLUDE:

  • All persons on paid sick leave, paid holidays, and paid vacation during these pay periods
  • Officers at this establishment, if a corporation

EXCLUDE:

  • Temporary staffing obtained from a staffing service
  • Members of Armed Forces or pensioners carried on your active rolls
  • Proprietors and partners, if an unincorporated concern
  • Agricultural workers or fishing crews from the following types of food processing establishments:
    • - Sugar mills which are part of sugar plantations
      - Fruit or vegetable canning or freezing plants
      - Fish canning, freezing, or packaging plants with fishing operations associated with the plant

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26.  What is the value of products shipped?

Report the net selling value "free on board" (f.o.b.) plant to the customer after discounts and allowances.


EXCLUDE:

  • Freight charges and excise taxes

INCLUDE:

  • Products made elsewhere for this establishment by others from materials supplied by this establishment
  • Receipts from products bought and resold without further processing
  • The value assigned to products transferred to other plants of your company for further processing, including a reasonable portion of other costs (company overhead) and profits.

We also want to clarify the instructions for marketing high cost office and production equipment by leasing them rather than selling them. If you follow this marketing practice, report in questions (30) and (31) the value of goods marketed under lease as if you had sold them:

  • Report as value of shipments the equivalent market value of the goods. (The terms of the lease may use the present discounted value or some other method.)
  • Do not report any rental receipts from leases outstanding.

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27.  What are capital expenditures?

Report all outlays during the year for buildings and other structures, machinery, and equipment that are chargeable to the fixed asset account, and for which depreciation or amortization reserves are maintained.

INCLUDE:

  • Capital expenditures (outlays) during the year that were actually made during the year, not the final value of equipment put in place or the buildings completed during the year.
    • - Add the costs of additions completed during the year to the construction in progress at the beginning of year to compute capital expenditures for long-term projects in progress.
  • Capital improvements or new additions in progress.
  • Capital expenditures during the year for new construction whether constructed on contract or by your own work force.
  • The value of all machinery and equipment, buildings, and capitalized improvements and repairs whether purchased or produced by employees of your own company.
  • The value of any machinery or equipment or structure transferred to the use of this establishment by the parent company or one of its subsidiaries.

EXCLUDE

  • Tools that are expensed.

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28.  What are materials, parts, containers, and packaging?

The following list includes examples of items which should be included in questions (36) and (37):

MATERIALS:
LumberCement
PlywoodClay
PaperGlass
ResinsSteel sheet
Sulfuric acidSteel scrap
AlcoholsCopper rods
RubberIron castings
Coking coalMetal stampings
Crude petroleumWire
PARTS:
PumpsGears
WheelsMotors
BearingsHardware
EnginesCompressors
CONTAINERS:
PailsBoxes and bags
Drums and barrelsCrates
Tubes 
SUPPLIES:
Bolts, screws, and nutsCleaning supplies
Drills, tools, dies, jigs,
and fixtures which
are charged to
current accounts
Stationary and office
supplies
First and safety
supplies
Welding rods,
electrodes, and
acetylene
Dunnage
Water
Lubricating oils 

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | BHS Team |   Last Revised: January 04, 2018 14:14:22