Census Bureau “Media Specialists” cost taxpayers major $$$$ whenever they travel
Here is a fascinating story from Louisiana that details an extremely cost inefficient policy…
BY STEPHEN LARGEN
The U.S. Census Bureau is using a travel policy for its media specialists that can cost taxpayers hundreds and even thousands of dollars for a single media interview.
Each time a media outlet like The News-Star requests to interview a census enumerator, a worker who goes door to door in local communities following up with residents who did not mail back their census questionnaires, Census Bureau policy dictates that a media specialist must be physically present at the site of the interview.
The bureau says the policy ensures enumerators do not unknowingly release information about their work that is supposed to remain confidential.
When The News-Star requested an interview with enumerators who are working in local neighborhoods for an update on how the process is unfolding, the bureau responded by flying a media specialist based in New Orleans to Monroe through Dallas.
The specialist stayed in a hotel the night before the roughly 30-minute interview, and used cab rides to travel while in Monroe.
Immediately following the interview with the enumerators, the media specialist headed back to Monroe Regional Airport and flew home