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.

NY Post’s John Crudele continues war on 2010 Census hiring/firing practices

Last week, we posted that John Crudele of the New York Post has been fighting the Census Bureau over allegations that the Bureau is inflating national hiring rates because workers have been hired and fired for different stages of the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau’s spokesperson Shelly Lowe, has explicitly denied these claims in the comments sections of Crudele’s page and MyTwoCensus.com. But Mr. Crudele feels that his fight is worthy and just, so he has taken it a step further today by posting nondescript stories of people who have contacted him because they have been hired/fired multiple times (full article HERE). MyTwoCensus, at this time, feels that the Census Bureau would not explicitly lie about how they report new hires/terminated workers to the federal government but here are some case studies anyway:

* I was hired four times, counting last year and this. There’s lots of waste and poor management. I’ve wondered about the handheld computer (used by door-to-door workers.) I’ve no idea how many of these were purchased. They were only used last year in one effort and my understanding is there were a lot of problems.

* I’m in south Orange County in Southern California and I’m going door-to-door to people the Census says have not turned in their form. At least 60 percent of the people I speak to swear they’ve turned it in. We are supposed to visit a residence three times. (If we can’t contact anyone) we are supposed to try up to three proxies (neighbors or other people) to get information on a particular resident. So basically your neighbor can report how many people live in your home.

* Everything you reported is absolutely true. I was fired three times and rehired. I earned more going to training classes than (working). Several classmates didn’t get any work after completing training.

* I was hired by the Census on March 16 and my last day was April 19 at the bilingual question answering center in Rome, Ga. We had two days of training, of which one was just to get hired officially as a federal employee. I had a total of two people come by my location and ask a question — costing taxpayers $250 per question.

* I am a Census worker. I, too, can confirm that they are checking and checking. I checked homes that have already been checked by the “enumerators.” The next phase is to go and re-check the checks that we already did twice..

* It’s not much better in Florida. Our first day of training was a total joke. The supposed crew leader knew nothing. She didn’t even open the manual to prep herself. We spent four hours signing six pieces of paper, one of which we signed on the day of the initial test ing. The nightmare didn’t end when we got to the field. No work was available so we would sit in a meeting waiting for work for hours, which went on our timesheet.

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7 Responses to “NY Post’s John Crudele continues war on 2010 Census hiring/firing practices”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Across the board.

  2. another anonnymous Says:

    People complaining for being transferred and hired on for multiple operations…. One element is forgotten, in this economy, it’s good to have employment.

    As for checking and re-checking. How does anyone expect accuracy without a proper QC?

  3. end the census Says:

    Official word from our LCO is anybody who claims they already sent in their census questionnaire is “either lying or confused.”

  4. another anonnymous Says:

    Whenever a respondent says they sent in their form, I give them the benefit of the doubt, but it’s pointless as they still have to be interviewed since it never made it into the system and I’m standing there with an EQ. Either these things are getting lost in the mail, pee box is causing everything delayed at the census end, or they waited until May to send them in in the first place. Either way it makes the job harder, as I’d say 75% of the peeps I’ve run into who say they sent it in, aren’t willing to cooperate or are suspicious that I’m a scammer.

  5. nerfoo Says:

    I would guess that for every person who’s paperwork got messed up to the point that they were hired/terminated/hired again, there are probably 1000 people who were simply hired.

    I know that my husband & myself were each only hired one time by the census.

  6. end the census Says:

    And on what, exactly, are you basing that “guess”?

  7. dave Says:

    http://community.mytwocensus.com/forum/topics/legal-attorney-help-fighting

    Can anyone help?