Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement
Facsimile of Questionnaire
Revision May 17, 2000
Document Revision History on ERS Worldwide Web Site
(Note: Posting to web may lag revision date by up to 10 days.)
July 1999 - Original posting (questionnaire posted was actually from a different survey)
January 7, 2000 - Replaced the earlier, incorrect, questionnaire with CPS-FSS questionnaire.
January 20, 2000 - ERS corrected screener specifications (CKALT - CK171) to reflect what we believe was actually
implemented in the CAPI.
May 17, 2000 - ERS added “Source and Reference Information” and “Variable Names in the Data File” sections and
corrected value labels for S9AM (month of last food stamp receipt) and labeled subquestions under S13 (reasons you
don’t always have enough to eat) and S13A (reasons you don’t always have the kinds of food you want) to be
consistent with variable names in the data file.
Questionnaire Source and Reference Information
The Current Population Survey is administered via a computer assisted phone interview (CAPI) system. This
“paper” questionnaire reflects the questionnaire specifications as they existed late in the process of specifying the
computer instrument. However, some changes in the final implementation may have been made, either intentionally
or accidentally. Where these have been detected, this questionnaire has been modified to reflect what was actually
The Census Bureau provided the questionnaire to ERS with file data January 7, 2000, along with CAPI
specifications for the April 1997 CPS and FSS instrument. ERS corrected the questionnaire in accordance with the
CAPI specifications and the data file.
Variable Names in the Data File
Variable names in the microdata file generally consist of an HE prefix (household variable, edited for out-of-range
values and skip patterns) followed by the question number.
SUPTM is a timer for the entire supplement.
NUMHOU = 1 and FAMINC = 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 set POOR=1 else if
NUMHOU = 2 a