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.

Breaking News: Firing people from New York and hiring people from Denver, Colorado to replace them…

In the past week, many New York City Census Bureau employees have been terminated. MyTwoCensus.com has received substantial evidence from two individuals who have alerted us that since the Denver, Colorado region was ahead of schedule, they have since flown workers to New York, put them at hotels, paid them per diems, and provided meals for them. Yes, you are reading this correctly. A city of 8 million people does not have enough competence to complete a task, so the Census Bureau has recruited folks from Denver to help them get the job done. If this isn’t inefficiency, what is? More details coming ASAP.

Note: If you know more about this, please get in touch with me or leave a note in the comments section with details. Thanks!

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27 Responses to “Breaking News: Firing people from New York and hiring people from Denver, Colorado to replace them…”

  1. anon Says:

    I’ve always wondered why people vote Republican. I’m not wondering anymore!

  2. I wish to remain anonymous Says:

    I am one of the recently terminated New York City employees. I have been wanting to post and contact you. I submitted a request about 5 days ago but didn’t hear back. Please contact me.
    Thanks

  3. Mike Says:

    This would be extra strange since I know Flushing is also ahead of schedule, and we’d love the work.

  4. Many Anonymous Says:

    Oh, yes, this is very common practice.

  5. Census Worker in Houston Says:

    During recruiting, our LCO was on or ahead of schedule so they sent 9 RA’s and our AMR from Houston to Louisiana because they were behind. Each had their own hotel room, per diem and mileage every day for 2 weeks (drove home each weekend), plus the fact that Houston RA’s made almost twice what RA’s in LA were making hourly.

  6. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @Census Worker in Houston – When did this occur? or how long? Which offices were yu working in? Thanks!

  7. 'nuff already Says:

    My CL stated in an email that we may have the opportunity to work other areas that were behind but such opportunities would involve travel and that those opportunities would be offered on a take it or leave it basis. He also mentioned that in his past experience that the closer a deadline loomed, the less the Census Bureau cared about the money it was spending.

    I REPEAT, CENSUS 2010 IS POORLY RUN AND A GROSS WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS!

  8. Michael Cook Says:

    In response to your questions following today’s Operational Press Briefing:

    1. Are Census Bureau employees being sent from some regions to other regions? If so, why? Specifically, I have reports that people have been sent from Denver and Washington DC to New York.

    Yes. In every Census the Bureau routinely tracks progress across our almost 500 local census offices during Non-Response-Follow-Up (NRFU) operations. When we assess that a particular office is either not following procedures or has weak management we often make staffing changes, or even send in experienced managers to help improve operations and re-train the temporary staff. As we have done for decades, we have sent a handful of senior managers from our Suitland, Maryland headquarters or from other regions to assist with low performing offices elsewhere. With respect to the New York region, currently 3 experienced managers from headquarters and 3 managers from two other regions are helping some of the 39,000 temporary workers in New York to improve operations there. Since we took these steps progress has significantly improved in the targeted offices.

    You may recall that Dr. Groves alluded to this process when he testified in Los Angeles prior to the start of NRFU on April 30, 2010.

    2. Are Census Bureau employees staying at hotels in regions other than the ones they are based in? If so, where and at what price?

    Hotels and other accommodations are arranged for the visiting staff, who travel and stay at government rates in approved lodgings.

    3. How are EEO complaints handled by the Census Bureau?

    You may read all about the Federal Government’s EEOC process as it concerns the U.S. Census Bureau here: http://www.census.gov/eeo/complaint.html

    The Census Bureau handles only the intake of these complaints, or informal complaints that may be resolved through mediation or alternative dispute resolution.
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Civil Rights http://www.osec.doc.gov/ocr/eeoprocess.html reviews formal EEO complaints. There are rights of appeal of the Department’s rulings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    4. How many EEO complaints have been filed by Census Bureau employees?

    There have been 376 formal EEO complaints filed for the 2010 Decennial.

  9. census worker in houston Says:

    The RAs from Houston were in LA for 2 weeks in March.

  10. Juan Says:

    This is the infamous “Chicano Denver census SWAT” team. They habla Espagnol and rip through binders like Pancho Villa doing ten cases per hour, then hit the Corona.

    They all wear big white gangsta T-shirts with the letters on the front “NRFU”.

    On the back the T shirt it says “Now Really Focked Up (man)”

  11. EQNV Says:

    I heard there was travel money (possibly even some left over from FY09) that had to be used or the same amount would not be allotted next time.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Where’s your proof…you say you have it on good authority from two people yet you are asking for people to come forward and contact you with any info…looks like you are showing your true anti-census stance with your very poor journalistic skills. Just the facts!! Speculation is not factual.

  13. Mike Says:

    ^
    I don’t know what he means by substantial evidence of course, but his wording suggests he already has enough info to report this, yet he’d like more info like who exactly authorized this, or something.

  14. My Two Census » Blog Archive » The Census Bureau wastes your tax dollars by shifting workers around the country… Says:

    [...] MyTwoCensus.com reported that 2010 Census workers from Colorado have arrived in New York to assist with operations. Each of these employees is put up at a hotel and paid a per diem rate. [...]

  15. M.AkramSaim12812 Says:

    City Census Bureau employees have been terminated. MyTwoCensus.com has received substantial evidence from two individuals who have alerted us that since the Denver,

  16. Asim13285 Says:

    you say you have it on good authority from two people yet you are asking for people to come forward and contact you with any info…looks like you are showing your true anti-census stance with your very poor journalistic skills. Just the facts!! Speculation is not factual.

  17. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @Asim – I need to protect Census Bureau employees because Title 13 laws prohibit them from speaking with the press. Anonymity must be maintained.

  18. anonymous Says:

    Good job, Stephen! :)

  19. anonymous Says:

    so you admit to harboring constitutional law breakers?

  20. 'nuff already Says:

    Does Title 13 prohibit us from speaking with the press? Census operations, meaning the management of the census itself should not be muzzled. Speaking with SRM about the incompetence of CLs and other census bureau personnel and/or practices does not in any way violate the oath taken to uphold the confidentiality of the people we contact and the information obtained from them. Anonymous who says “so you admit o harboring constitutional law breakers,” is clearly out of touch with reality and the intent of Title 13.

    Since the census is a taxpayer funded endeavor, the taxpaying public has a right to know if the government is spending its tax dollars prudently.

    Last I checked it was government of the people, by the people and for the people not government of the people and for the people by the government elite.

    Let’s work hard to make sure it stays the former and never digresses to the latter! We need more people like SRM!

  21. Census Worker in Houston Says:

    I agree! Thank you for this site, it’s been great to be able to read about all of the goings on at other census offices across the country. So much waste of money, time, PAPER…people should know what is happening!

    Oh the stories we could tell. I didn’t even tell you what they found when they got to Louisiana…

    And off-topic, was anyone else told to put “AM” for the 12 noon hour on your 308′s? I was told that the CB considers the noon hour to be AM, not PM…wtf?

  22. anonymous Says:

    Taxpayer money wasted and I’m a taxpayer, too!!! :(

  23. anonymous Says:

    Census Worker in Houston, I have always checked or wrote 12:00 pm for noon.

  24. W4W Says:

    I was trained in the New York area last month and, after the training commenced prematurely due to a lack of binders, I never got assigned a binder or crew leader and never actually worked as an enumerator. I called the office and nobody had any good info for me, so I figured I’d just forget about it. But then last week I got a call from payroll asking me somewhat angrily why they hadn’t received any hours from me (!!!). After politely explaining that I hadn’t claimed hours because I hadn’t been assigned any work, the guy sighed, told me I wasn’t the only one, and that they were working on it. Since then, crickets.

  25. California FOS Says:

    Noon is 12:00 p.m. Midnight is 12:00 a.m. and cannot be used as an ending time on a D-308, because a D-308 can only span one day and 12:00 a.m. is technically the next day. DAPPS is incapable of processing D-308s that span multiple days (overnight). During the overnight homeless blitz, everybody took “lunch” from 11:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

  26. BGreggJ Says:

    “In the past week, many New York City Census Bureau employees have been terminated.”

    So? …the same is true for most of the US. The 2010 Census is conducted in phases, and one recently ended (nationally)… others will follow, and they will be staffed as required by statutes and civil service labor agreements.

  27. R in Colorado Says:

    This is so typical, it would be interesting to see which senior Colorado folks were sent to New York, there is a lot of good old buddy, backscratching stuff like this that goes on, especially out of the Colorado RCC…..assignment like this in NYC would be considered a real perk by many.