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.

Essential Information: Common 2010 Census Acronyms/2010 Census Employee Handbook

On this web site, particularly in the comments section, many people use acronyms and other jargon associated with the 2010 Census. MyTwoCensus has obtained both a list of acronyms — essentially a 2010 Census dictionary — and an employee handbook that you can use as you need it. I will be linking to this post in our “links” section so this information is easily accessible for all:

Common 2010 Census Acronyms (a 2010 Census dictionary)

2010 Census Employee Handbook (technically called the D590)

And even more acronyms/definitions available from the Census Bureau’s glossary:

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10 Responses to “Essential Information: Common 2010 Census Acronyms/2010 Census Employee Handbook”

  1. SAS Says:

    That’s quite helpful. Might I suggest that you follow it with a quick-reference guide to the various forms used in NRFU? That’s something that’s been sorely missing from the NRFU training, and it would be very helpful to the census workers on the ground.

  2. Pande Monium Says:

    Greetings ‘Two Cents’:

    You’re on the right track but I think you’re missing a few beats.

    If you really want informed and/or disgruntled census takers to dish the kind of stuff you’re looking for, you need an anonymous form on your contact page like the one I’m using to post this message from

    Disgruntled census takers may not want to use their own email address for obvious reasons until they see how things play out on your site.

    Furthermore, of ALL the issues that develop during every census are the many NRFU Enumerators who get fired for reasons other than ’cause’, and who have no EEO grievance procedure in place to really protect them.

    The grievance procedures are esoteric and difficult enough for full time regular employees, and practically invisible for abused NRFU temporary workers who are sitting ducks. I know, I is one.

  3. lynn Says:

    my cl said we must work minimum 20 hours or else we will get written up? where does it say in the manual that enumerators must work a minimum of 20 hours?

  4. MR Says:

    Me too. I made the comment that NV’s were great because then they can just call you back and you can do a phone interview…much more efficient. And my CL said, “No, that’s not good, I need my job to last into August…” And I re-torted “We’re supposed to be completing the US Census….” So I didn’t last long. She found every reason she could to let me go after two weeks.

  5. Dazed and Confused Says:

    Man oh man. What is it about THEIR training for crew leaders and supervisors that creates all these similar complaints from enumerators?

    After two weeks, my crew leader finally told me over the phone that I was terminated and that I would see the reason in the mail. They first seized upon a bureacratic snafu to take back ALL my credentials and field materials May 1. Would not contact me after I received a letter saying the snafu had been resolved. And now tell me I have been terminated for “cause” not for lack of work.

    I still haven’t received the official termination letter. And now we I am in week three of this side show.

    Question to Pande Monium—yes the Grievance Process looks sick. But should I even bother to file one with the LCO? I believe my crew leader and her supervisor have hidden behind the administrative timetables to
    terminate me by default.

    Looking back at my notes, I think they siezed upon what seemed like an
    innocent snafu, to thin their workforce. That’s NOT my grievance, their
    hostile, sneaky, bending of the rules IS my complaint.

  6. Census Geek Says:

    Cool! Where did that come from?

    Are there any other Census training manuals available in pdf?

  7. jack bradbury Says:

    I’m a little surprised to see all the hostility towards CL’s. Wer’e just working stiffs like the enumerators except we get a couple bucks more per hour and have to go out and get an interview from reluctant respondents that you guys need us to handle.
    The post from Dazed and Confused about the devious devices used to terminate him/her are really far fetched. If the LCO wants to thin the workforce, they just do it. There is no guarantee of hours or work after training and you make hay while you can. The work is abundant at the onset of an operation and tapers off pretty quickly. I worked 5 operations between 2010 and 2011 and the trimming of enumerators was always give everyone a chance and get as much work done as possible. As work thins, you give it to your best crew members and the ons with issues don’t get more work.

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