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Regional Director: Change the label; then throw out information

The below e-mail is from the New York regional director Tony Farthing to his staff. Note his quote “Also, you need to watch the appearance of things, like what is being thrown away, even if what is in a box is different than the label….then change the label so that the appearance is not anything that would cause concern.”

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 05:17PM
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Fw: Picture of boxes in NY with “Recycle” on them

Hi Folks:  as you can imagine, in this day and age we have all kinds of people in our offices who are looking to take photos of anything, and even record conversations outside of the offices between Census employees.   At all times, you need to be careful about what you say…you need to say the right things and say it in a way that it cannot be misinterpreted.   Also, you need to watch the appearance of things, like what is being thrown away, even if what is in a box is different than the label….then change the label so that the appearance is not anything that would cause concern.

Be advised that whenever anything is to be recycled from a Census office…nothing should be placed in boxes out of the street and left unattended.   At all times Census workers with ID should be guarding this until it is picked up by the approved company.

We need everyone’s cooperation with this…..and unfortunately, and fortunately, this is the most watched census ever…..from those that want to help us, and those who take enjoyment out of finding the smallest flaws and broadcasting them.

Please be diligent in your upholding and enforcement of Census procedures and Title 13 materials….including the appearance of what could be Title 13 materials even if they are not.   If it is a box that says Census on it, the antennas go up automatically.

Feel free to take a look at the link below which pretty much sums up the reason for my email!

Tony Farthing
Regional Director

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9 Responses to “Regional Director: Change the label; then throw out information”

  1. techy Says:

    ….Are you just trying to stir stuff up? Nowhere in the email does he say to throw away sensitive material, and in fact says to make sure that all PII and Title 13 stuff is taken care of.

    Shame on you.

  2. SRM Says:

    Yes, yes….shame on me….gosh I’m such an idiot. Maybe if I pulled my head out of my ass and got a real job, with a real news agency, my life would not feel so out of control. What a baby I am.

  3. CuteButFeistyClerk Says:

    Yeah Stephen, that is taking it too far. The email does not say throw sensitive material away. He’s just saying oops we overprinted and overspent may sure you cover your fellow Census employees butts. What makes it funny is that he says “and those who take enjoyment out of finding the smallest flaws and broadcasting them.”

    Hello….smallest flaw….I lost count after 200 boxes. How much crap is going to waste?

  4. anonymous Says:

    There are strange happenings at many LCOs at this time. I’m not surprised.

  5. pranita veeria Says:

    SRM……you want horror stories of waste and neglect, just look throughtout the NY Region

  6. Yet Another Enumerator Says:

    In case anyone’s wondering, I’m almost positive that “SRM” up there is not S.R. Morse, the keeper of this site.

  7. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Not, it is not me. But I am not censoring the comments. Parody isn’t the end of the world.

  8. Yet Another Enumerator Says:

    No, I wouldn’t expect you to censor them; doesn’t seem your style. (Yep, that’s a good thing I said about you, in case you’re wondering.)

  9. In some LCO Says:

    I do think the massive amount of paper being thrown away is an issue, but it is nowhere near as wasteful as the outright scam perpetrated by whoever contracts P-BOCS and the huge waste of employee time that has been resulting from that insanity.

    We are sitting on a massive backlog of EQs and we keep getting increasingly absurd demands for reports from regional that are patently trivial. We all know what the problem is — PBOCS. Simultaneous to the latest report demands came notice that our office will be down to two PBOCS users for the next three days. Can this be real or are we all in a Beckett play?

    As the middle management running the LCO gets frustrated they get more petty with the lower management and the pettiness works its way down the chain. Filling out reports of what was done while PBOCS was down is probably making clerks more petty about mistakes in EQ and pay slips. Can’t ship EQs but need something to report to your supervisor when they wake up from their naps to inquire what you are doing despite no useful task assigned? Get out the red pencil and start marking up pay slips for any possible trivial error. Go over those EQ sitting there for the past few weeks and fail some more. Etc Etc.

    Tony Farthing ought to look to himself. It is the backups from the regional and national effort and its poor planning and execution that cause the waste. The problem is the waste itself, not the reporting on it.