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Wow! Look at the LA Region. They teach you in Census management training to question the extremes. LA is extremely low. There is something wrong. Did they blow the budget and have to cut very early or did they finish so quickly to win the race that quality suffered? Maybe there was some fraud and disregard of rules. policy and procedure involved to finish quickly. My need a closer look. Only James Christy knows.
I’m in LA and very grateful to have a job that is continuing … 10 weeks and counting … that could end at any moment. But these stats are bizarre and curious to say the least. Solong is right, there is something very wrong here. The 2nd largest city in the country has the lowest number of employees and actually DECREASED in size while others less populated had nearly 40% more employees and INCREASED in size? No, no, no, something is terribly amiss here. Solong may also be on to something in as far as procedure involved in finishing quickly. Last week was supposed to be our last week of VDC … my FOS boosted 93, 95, 97% … all week long, then finally we’re at 100% in our district (which includes some where in the neighborhood of a million people, okay?)! He called me and said, we’re done, we’re just gonna into a fun phase of address check verification … AC/DC … guess what? Through that phase, we found an entire city block that was NEVER enumerated … never even mailed forms earlier this year. This is like a black ink spot on a white dress shirt. One day we’re 100% done, the next day we’re enumerating in NRFU mode an entire city block. My FOS fell strangely silent the next day or so until that was completed, sending every enumerator available to that block. Others reading this may come up with clues as to what really happened here, because as an enumerator, you’re on a need to know and what you can deduce yourself … but seriously an entire city block? Someone is pushing for early completion and getting numbers to the point of missing vital Census data. That city block alone was worth 4 million $ in federal aid (roughly), okay? That’s a lot of cheddar to miss! Don’t know if there were people scratching their heads or if any head rolled in our LCO (how would I?) … but an entire city block that was overlooked until late July? And our number of employees are decreasing? I guess it’s all about appearances in LA and the census is no different.
Al, I’m thinking it’s appearances. I may get canned for saying this but there’s a rumor (maybe someone can confirm it or not) our own mayor was delinquent (see polite for forgot to) fill out HIS 10 minute 10 question chachacha. We’ve been “done” for two weeks now and we’re “done” again today. So we’ll see next week how “done” we are.
For our LCO, those two weeks had a lot of census worker churning. We were pressured to close out as many districts as possible right before the July 4th weekend. The next week we did a lot of clean up and hole-plugging so we had a pretty full crew. At the same time, management was gearing up for VDC. Although crew leaders were asked to refer the best people to VDC, they called a lot of people who had been let go previously (many for good cause) and the ‘best’ people were left to mop up the messes. Crews and districts were rearranged and it was hard to keep track of who went where, but I got stuck with a lot of people who had only worked a few weeks at the beginning of NRFU on my crew, and many good people just faded away.
So, while it looks like some RCCs added jobs during that 2 week period, it was really a churning of employees–half coming and half going. It was an unGodly mess, IMHO.