My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Census Reaches New Heights in Cost, Staffing

In the past couple of days, Ed O’Keefe’s Federal Eye blog for The Washington Post has been looking eerily similar to My Two Census. Perhaps the mainstream media is finally realizing that the Census is going to be a hot topic of debate for the next three years. Today, O’Keefe provided some great data about the 2010 Census:

The total operation and analysis of the 2010 Census will cost more than $14 billion by the time of its completion in 2012, making it the most expensive head count in American history, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO assessment, released this morning as a House subcommittee with oversight of the Census Bureau met to assess the progress of preparations, once again warns that the agency is still unprepared to perform its constitutionally-mandated duties next year.

*The estimated price tag for next year’s Census will cover what many consider the largest peacetime mobilization of government employees in history.

*The predicted total cost could reach $15 billion, said 140,000 temporary Census workers will “walk almost every street in America,” to check 145 million addresses.

*The economic stimulus package granted $1 billion to the Census Bureau for final preparations, money spent primarily to cover next year’s staffing costs.

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