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.

Luncheons at ranch resorts on your dime…

I cannot make this up. Here’s how your tax dollars are being spent: On luncheons…at ranch resorts…for 2010 Census Partnership specialists and coordinators and 2010 Census partners. An article from Arizona reads as follows:

The 2010 Census Partner Appreciation & Thank You Luncheon was held on Thursday, August 12th, at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

The event was held to recognize partners that participated beyond the requirements to aid in the success of the 2010 census.

The luncheon agenda included:
Welcome – DarLene Burkett and Laura Cummings, Partnership Specialists
Words of Appreciation – Cathy Lacy, Regional Director, Denver Regional Census Center
Data Overview & Next Steps – Pamela Lucero, Partnership Coordinator, Denver Regional
Census Center
Presentation of Awards – Cathy Lacy, Regional Director, Denver Regional Census Center

Does this mean that people were flown from DENVER to ARIZONA for a luncheon? My initial guess is “yes” and I will get to the bottom of this immediately.

MyTwoCensus has already contacted Steve Jost of the Census Bureau to determine how much this luncheon cost and how many other luncheons or similar celebrations are taking place or have taken place throughout the country.

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9 Responses to “Luncheons at ranch resorts on your dime…”

  1. Jo Says:

    What if you got to the bottom of it BEFORE throwing out your wild speculations here? That might be something like journalism…

  2. ********** Says:

    zzzzz nothing to see here

  3. SexyOfficeClerk2232 Says:

    Sometimes I think you harp on the wrong things. First it was the totem pole http://www.mytwocensus.com/2010/08/04/yes-i-am-still-harping-on-the-totem-pole/ now it’s the luncheons. What happened to the rubber bands? Stay focused SRM. Stay focused.

  4. anon in co Says:

    It seems to me that if the DRCC is over a ten state region that they will fly to all ten states to have a luncheon with the partnership specialists for each state.

  5. Steve Jost Says:

    I suppose one could fly speck every single event or Census related project for cost efficiencies, however this example was a poor one to choose to make some argument about waste. Indeed, it is a great example of how vital the 2010 Census partnership effort is, and how much it helped save the taxpayers.

    First, the partnership effort deserves a great deal of credit for helping the country achieve a mail back response rate and cooperation during our door to door phase that contributed to reducing the total cost of the Decennial Census by $1.6 billion.

    Second, this luncheon was at no cost to the taxpayers as the food was provided by partners. They were gathered together for a Census sponsored briefing on data products that will be coming out from the 2010 Census and the Bureau spent just $500 for room rental for that briefing. We took the opportunity at this briefing to also thank these partners for their generous contributions toward making the 2010 Census a success.

    One example of how our 255,000 partners helped reduce the cost of the Census through their own civic engagement is how much money the government saved because local organizations donated space for testing and training centers. Nationally, they helped saved the taxpayers over $179 million in rents that did not have to be paid so we could train our temporary workforce of some 565,000 enumerators. This luncheon was a small gesture of thanks for their significant contribution.

  6. anon Says:

    Thanks Steve for the update. We appreciate facts.

  7. JAG Says:

    You start your post by saying you can’t make this stuff up but that is exactly what you did….telling your readers that the census bureau paid for the luncheon.

  8. AxionJaxion Says:

    Does your “team of professional political journalists” have a softball team?

    Do you have a picture of your “team of professional political journalists” or are there just 2 more lies there — i.e., the “team” & the “professional” part?

  9. Mary Says:

    Where did all the other posts go?