Census workers call results into question
Ex-workers in California count allege falsified data, inaccuracy.
Posted at 09:18 PM on Thursday, Aug. 05, 2010By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Federal investigators probing discrimination complaints filed by former California census workers also are looking into allegations that management pressure drove some workers to cut corners or even falsify data in the crucial population count.
In one case, a former census worker allegedly tallied residents of a migrant farmworkers’ camp on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side, even though the camp itself was abandoned because of the region’s irrigation water shortage.
“The goals had everything to do with speed, and nothing to do with accuracy,” said Craig Baltz, a former worker in one of the Census Bureau’s two Fresno offices. “Instead of slowing down to ensure accurate data, we sped up.”
Baltz added that in some difficult-to-reach areas, “enumerators had two choices — turn in accurate work [late] and get written up or terminated, or falsify data and keep working.”
Baltz worked for the census between October 2009 and July 2010.Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/05/2031953/census-results-called-into-question.html#ixzz0w2VojsNA