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.

MyTwoCensus Editorial: Tell us why Dean was arrested and don’t keep him on the Census Bureau’s payroll

After more than 22 years as the head of the Census Bureau’s Detroit Regional office, Dwight Dean was mysteriously and suddenly removed from his post earlier this week. Letters to MyTwoCensus.com have cited cronyism, bribery, corruption, inefficiency, and a failure to get the job done as reasons for Mr. Dean’s recent departure.

However, the Census Bureau has been completely mum on the subject and Mr. Dean has not answered or returned calls from reporters seeking clarification about what has happened. The Census Bureau maintains that Mr. Dean remains on the Census Bureau payroll and has not been fired. This makes us wonder: In what capacity is this senior administrator currently serving? Is he on paid leave? Is the Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office or the FBI investigating his actions? The Census Bureau won’t even admit that the man was arrested, as some MyTwoCensus.com sources have alleged.

It would surely be a PR disaster for the Census Bureau to admit that its data from the Detroit region (which includes all of Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia) has been corrupted in some way for the 2010 Census — let alone during the past 22 years of Mr. Dean’s tenure.

Perhaps the comments section of MyTwoCensus.com provide us with the best insight:

He was the KING OF OVERTIME . Lets not find out why things work or do not work , just give blanket overtime. This guy pissed away a lot of overtime money to be number 1 or a close number 2. I also have heard stories about his cruelty to Area Managers . His cruel leadership style affected a lot of his RTs . Dean’s RTs had more power then his AMs , because some RTs were his pals and reported dirctly to him and it caused an uneasiness in the district. Those RTs that Dean brought back over and over again need to be looked at more closely. If nothing else I hope the RT leadership of intimidation comes to an end. You could always tell who was a friend of Dean’s in the RT world.

Another reader wrote:

“It’s a fact not a rumor. Dwight Dean, Regional Director, and all around God was arrested last week for misappropriation of funds. Basically he gave a government contract to a friend of his who owns a warehouse. (A big no no)

Dean did it on the sly by using his government-issued credit cards. He had other (higher ups) who worked for him use their government issued credit cards too.

Last week, US Marshals arrested him at work, escorted him out, the locks were changed, and there were dozens of witnesses. I worked two decennials for “Mr. Dean.”

He was a tyrant and an idiot. The corruption I saw. The waste of taxpayer money.

I’ve been looking over the press releases issued by, of course, the government. What a bunch of b.s… A cover up already. “They” are saying he left for “personnel reasons.” It’s disgusting.
Dean is being paid while on leave and no one will ever know the truth. I used to work in the Detroit Regional Office, Grade 12, – I know what I’m talking about.”

MyTwoCensus.com is currently investigating the information listed above and we hope to have some facts

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41 Responses to “MyTwoCensus Editorial: Tell us why Dean was arrested and don’t keep him on the Census Bureau’s payroll”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Stephen, you know that it isn’t that simple to remove someone with 41 years of service from a government payroll. It takes quite a bit of time.

  2. Buzz Lightyear Says:

    Thank you, My Two Census, for posting this info so quickly. The Census offices do not tell us anything. We have to watch the news or read the newspapers ….

  3. anonymous Says:

    “it would surely be a PR disaster for the Census Bureau to admit that its data from the Detroit region (which includes all of Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia) has been corrupted in some way for the 2010 Census”

    you mean he was physically altering paper forms prior to them being sent to the processing centers?

  4. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @ anon – I’m saying that over the course of a career i don’t know what happened to the data…

  5. anonymous Says:

    @ SRM – that’s fine by me, but as long as you understand the whole comment derails the story and adds to the issues that undermine the purpose of your project: examine why the 2010 census could become the most controversial data-gathering process in history (not to be confused with “make the 2010 census the most controversial data-gathering process in history”).

  6. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @anon – yes, that was my initial project proposal, and I still support that mission, but this project has morphed a bit since then. – SRM

  7. anonymous Says:

    @ SRM – so what is the project’s goal now? honesty will earn you points.

  8. Bobby J Says:

    One corruptocrat down, thousands to go…

  9. old amfo Says:

    Maybe the project is that something is wrong with this dead horse called the Census and it needs to be looked at and reevaluated. Keeping the same people like corrupt dean in this for too look might be a cause of some the census problems….or at least one of them. Get some outsides in management to take a hard look at the way things are and were done.

  10. anonymous Says:

    I’m just plain sick and tired of the cover-ups and scandals regarding the 2010 Census. We as temporary Census workers just wanted to earn money, talk to different people in our communities, be a part of the 2010 Census, etc.

  11. anonymous Says:

    Who hired these people anyway? How have they been able to keep their jobs for so long?

  12. old amfo Says:

    You know a great % of census workers , managers and folks at rcc are just decent people. The thing with being vague about job lenghts and other misdirected stuff is done because ” thats the way its always been done”. Fresh eyes are needed to look at the way the census does business. The present people , in their 10 years of planning , only looked at results without evaluating the problems ten years before. Take a look at those managers and rts that are on their 3rd or 4th census. They only know one way of doing business. Dean and his cronies were the worst of the worst. No forward thinking , just do it like 10 , 20 , 30 years ago. I really respect and am proud of my time in the census but something needs to be done.

  13. It's about time Says:

    Well, I’m not proud of my time with the 2000 and 2010 census. What I experienced made me ashamed of the way government wastes money on inept upper managers who treat decennial staff like crap. It was like working for two companies; 1 company employed those who go back to the Regional Office decade after decade, who didn’t care about their work ethic, had their futures secure and looked the other way when Mr. Dean went on one of his daily tantrums.

    Then there was the second company – the one with the temporary employees who worked tirelessly and yet were treated like dogs; I mean after all, we weren’t going to be around for long – (I felt sorry for anyone working at the local census offices – they got it the worst). Trinkets were bought and people needlessly hired because, by golly, we have taxpayer money allocated and we’re going to spend it. Mr. Dean made sure of it.

  14. BM Says:

    Refering to “his cruelty to Area Managers”. This is normal. No news here, move on. Part of the PD.

  15. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @anon – I take the project day by day, because as you see, there is news every day that is unexpected!

  16. Anonymous Says:

    shotgun approach…classy

  17. California Girl Says:

    Sorry to put a clinker in this frenzy of Dwight Dean bashing, but I think it’s a shame to see someone’s entire career, entire life’s work, besmirched by bitter employees. Is that really what this blog is for ? I have worked a couple of censuses and could see that anyone, including the regional director, who has really worked on a census faces an unbelievably difficult task. I definitely would not want the job of regional director. You have to be in it for more than just the money. You have to dedicate yourself to the work entirely. Mr. Dean seems to be a hard working, dedicated, regional director. As far as we know, this could all just be a political ploy by those in power. As massive as the census is, if you dig deep enough, you could probably find one loose thread to hang someone with, if that was your goal. Being a long serving regional director, he may have had the nerve to speak up when things were not going right. I hope he is not being pushed out or used as an example because of this. I am just postulating. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I don’t believe that Mr. Dean was arrested. That is probably just another rumor. People should really think before they anonymously write rumors and gossip and mess with someone’s reputation and life. Imagine yourself being out there, a target for anyone to anonymously take jabs at, especially when you have had so many employees working under you.

  18. smiles Says:

    THATS WHY HE GOT THE BIG BUCKS

  19. Anonymous Says:

    @California Girl

    He was arrested, the locks were changed, and this isn’t the first time he’s been relieved of his duties as a Regional Director.

  20. monicadesi Says:

    Interesting. The above blog sites a comment post stating that “dozens of witnesses” saw him being arrested.

    There weren’t even a dozen people on staff in the office that evening and the front part of the RCC where his office is isn’t even visible to any other part of the office. I was there that night and you had better believe that if even one person in our office, in the building, or on the street had seen Mr.Dean arrested, we would have heard about it before the cuffs were locked. An entire week later, the only place the arrest rumor is being spread is here. NOT at the very place it was supposed to have happened.

    As for the locks being changed as proof that he was arrested. The “locks are changed” at the RCC everytime somebody is fired, quits or resigns. Even for somebody who works in the field and even isn’t supposed to know the combination in the first place.

    I would just have to say that it’s foolish to go looking for some vast conspiracy in this. That one man either resigning or being removed from his position (and NO, you don’t know what really happened or why. Rumors and supposition DO NOT make it fact) constitues ineptitude on behalf of the whole government or census bureau is silly and paranoid.

  21. JAG Says:

    You seem to suggest some conspiracy because the Census won’t provide you details of the personnel issue? Sounds like Census does what every corporation in America does when they have personnel issues…..they keep their mouth shut.

  22. monicadesi Says:

    Agreed. I’ve never heard of any company giving out details of why somebody quit/fired/was let go. I’m not positive, but I’d imagine it violates some sort of law to release information like that.

  23. end the census Says:

    Just wondering. If he’s been fired, that means he’s now a member of “the public.” Does that mean anything said about him is legally considered Personally Identifiable Information? What about other census employees who have been fired? If we talk about them can’t we be fined $250,000.00 because it’s considered Personally Identifiable Information?

  24. old amfo Says:

    Now don’t get me wrong , I am no fan of dean’s but I have seen nothing in the papers or on line to support any criminal alligations. So maybe it is a personal matter. The into to this site says ” run by a team of professional political journalists ” . It might be time to prove that .

  25. Anonymous Says:

    If only there were a investigative journalist we could turn to. Maybe he could make a phone call to the police since those records are public record.

    Question for the community: If he comes up dry, will SRM retract the story?

  26. old amfo Says:

    Here is a good chance for SRM to prove what he is and what he stands for. Or is this just TZM ? I hope TZM is correct . I know of it but have never seen it .

  27. Buzz Lightyear Says:

    Thank you Stephen and My Two Census journalists. :)

  28. sg Says:

    I assume — meaning, I do not **know** — that audits and investigations related to this episode are underway. As other people have mentioned, faced with an episode like this, **any** responsible organization is going to be very careful with its public statements, for legal and ethical reasons that ought to be pretty obvious. Don’t “investigative journalists” have some inkling of that?

    But Morse really takes a leap into non sequitar land with this one:

    “It would surely be a PR disaster for the Census Bureau to admit that its data from the Detroit region (which includes all of Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia) has been corrupted in some way for the 2010 Census — let alone during the past 22 years of Mr. Dean’s tenure.”

    Please tell us, O Great Statistician, how exactly Dean would single-handedly do that? There is ZERO evidence — as in nil, none, nada — of surveys being lost, forged, altered. That work is all done at the LCO’s, by hundreds or employees with no special loyalty to Dean. If you think some grand secret scheme is going to be coordinated in the Detroit region’s 37 LCO’s, you ought to turn to fiction, and drop the “investigative journalism” pretense.

  29. sg Says:

    “Just wondering. If he’s been fired, that means he’s now a member of “the public.” Does that mean anything said about him is legally considered Personally Identifiable Information? ”

    You really weren’t paying attention during those Chapter 13/PII briefings, were you?

  30. David Says:

    He was working for the census for 22 years straight?

    I know hes the regional director and all but I didn’t know that was a permanent job. I would of thought that he would of began about 6 months before the first operation and ended a few month

  31. Anonymous Says:

    @David

    The Census Bureau conducts surveys year round and has a permanent field staff of approximately 6,000 field representatives conducting those surveys across the 12 regions as well as permanent regional offices and permanent office staff in those regions. Mr. Dean has been a Census Bureau employee for 41 years.

  32. end the census Says:

    There was only ONE PII, Title 13 “briefing” and yes I was paying attention as best I could considering the fact that the “briefing” was at a table with a bunch of other new hires in the middle of a noisy room with office staff coming and going through the room the whole time. I want to know if we talk about census workers who got fired are we violating the PII thing. Now do you have an actual ANSWER to my question or are you going to just post another snide insult?

  33. old amfo Says:

    I would say yes because we learned the imfo while on the job .

  34. Anonymous Says:

    “Here is a good chance for SRM to prove what he is and what he stands for. Or is this just TZM ? I hope TZM is correct . I know of it but have never seen it.”

    Ummm..he means TMZ, right? haha

  35. old amfo Says:

    come on…you know what i mean lol

  36. sg Says:

    “I want to know if we talk about census workers who got fired are we violating the PII thing. Now do you have an actual ANSWER to my question or are you going to just post another snide insult?”

    I couldn’t believe it was a serious question.

    Unless you’re going to say “Dwight Dean, who lives at 1234 Main St, Detroit MI, and holds Social Security number 123-45-6789″, then — no, it’s not Personal IDENTIFYING Information.

  37. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @Everyone

    This is a battle of information vs. withholding information from the public.

  38. Anon 23 Says:

    If they fired the RD in Chicago for cronyism, bribery, corruption, inefficiency, and a failure to get the job done…add nepotism to that and they’re going to have a field day in NY

  39. Cambo Says:

    This mess prevails in South Carolina as well. Tashakima Bowser the Area Manager down in the Carolina’s has covered for a couple of Regional Techs that have allowed the family members to work for the organization as well. Linda Shell has been involved with corruption and nepotism for years, Her daughter was a recruiting assistant during the early census in 2008 and 2009 while she served as the RT. Neva Titus the Columbia,SC manager has allowed relatives to be employed as well. These folk are all corrupt and will cut your throats. Jesse Avina the Assistant Regional Census Manager has covered up for all of the wrong doing of the clowns since day one. They all need to be investigated.

  40. old amfo Says:

    So after almost a month no info on this guy !!! Was he even really arrested. I find it hard to believe nothing has leaked out . Maybe he just got sick.

  41. Ready for Unemployment Says:

    The word is that they’re going to wait until the Census is complete and then quietly let him retire. His name is still on all of the correspondence and he is still an employee. They should go after a couple of the other top managers at the Detroit RCC. They knew what was happening. By the way, the specialists in Admin. over there are the meanest group of people I have ever met. What an awful place to work. The poor LA and NC Regional Directors have to return to fill in for Dean and work with those miserable people.