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.

$500 for Best 2010 Census Waste Photo

Last week, I announced a photo competition to discover the best photo of 2010 Census waste. Well folks, an anonymous donor has guaranteed that he/she will pay $500 to the best photo, provided that there are 50 or more entries into the competition. So please send in your photos by the Monday of Labor Day Weekend and a winner will be voted on/announced soon after!

PS – We have confirmed that 2010 Census offices around the country have now have upper managers squirming as a result of this competition…Rock on!

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19 Responses to “$500 for Best 2010 Census Waste Photo”

  1. Gym Beef Says:

    Why would “upper managers” of the “2010 Census offices” around the country be squirming when it’s painfully obvious that LCO managers have almost nothing to do with this ‘waste’? Not to mention that they’re all losing their jobs in a month anyway (if they haven’t already lost them), so I’m sure they have more to worry about than some waste that wasn’t even their fault. Once again, your policy of hearsay makes you look like an idiot.

  2. anon Says:

    File this under reckless.

    Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that SRM is bating employees to potentially break the law/security rules? I think he is trying to get someone fired so he can write about it.

    Do the right thing: Ignore this asshole, keep your job and continue to protect the data you have been sworn to protect under Title 13.

  3. Anonymous2010 Says:

    Keep up the great work, Stephen! And publice perception is one of the most vulnerable aspects of the Census. They need to be held accountable for their actions and it’s almost impossible to do that.

  4. Tellitlikeitis Says:

    Mr. Morse……you will definetly get someone to be at the right place at the right time…no doubt! LCO Managers (even OOS) who have gone through the trenches of working in an environment proned to constant ridicule, threat and other unethical behavior will want to expose the waste…. So definetly expect a winner or two to come out of this. Not everyone gets the info sent from HQ, COMMUNICATION always FALLS THROUGH THE CRACKS….especially when there are POSITIONS OF WASTE…!

    Gym Beef and anon……remember when garbage gets thrown out on the sidewalk, its anyone’s business. The saying goes one man’s garbage, is another man’s treasures!

  5. Patrick Says:

    @Gym Beef: You’re correct, LCOM’s have little to do with the overall waste, but fair or not, they stand to take the heat for it if someone takes a picture that embarrasses the Census Bureau/government. I would actually suggest, however, that if they’re losing their jobs in a month, perhaps that might actually encourage them to help blow the whistle on these issues if they feel strongly enough…

    @anon:
    He never said not to protect data under Title 13. Simply to take pictures of government waste (presumably without PII on it), and it would be a very big leap indeed to suggest Title 13 protects potential government stupidity and encourages a lack of transparency.

    Interestingly, people in the Elmira LCO pretty much use cell phones at will in the office. I’ve used mine in clear sight of the LCOM, and didn’t get so much as a verbal warning, albeit he knew I was speaking with enumerators on census related issues. I also haven’t been to the Office in a few days, but maybe I’ll make a trip in today to return all the materials I’ve been accumulating for 6 months…

  6. JAG Says:

    I would hope someone would confirm that the pictures would truly show waste. Boxes stacked by the sidewalk don’t necessarily represent. Remember the last picture? Assumptions only of what the boxes contained and a ridiculous comment the offices throw out that much every day.

  7. pranita veeria Says:

    Does the picture of Aviles accepting his $30+ an hour job as “LCOM” qualify for the prize???

  8. Laney Says:

    Let me guess…the anonymous donor is Brietbart.

  9. Charles Gordon Says:

    Two comments.
    1. The partnership effort at the NYRCC was a total waste of time and money. Every LCOM I talked to said partnership did nothing to help the LCO’s as far as getting their partners to donate testing/training space. The RA’s did it all. They provided no help for TNSOLS, again the field staff did it all. Forget the QAC and BC programs. The only sites they provided was electeds and NYCHA which the LCO staff was not allowed to approach. The info they provided for them was wrong anyway. No times, days of the week, language specific.
    Any other sites they provided lacked the same info. In addition, they provided no signed copy of the insurance form. When questioned, 3eventually the NYRCC said it was not necessary.
    I have no doubt the same “THANK YOU” BOON DOGGLE will take place all over the NYRCC area, and I will bet the house that the NYRCC will foot the bill. After all, parnnership “can do no wrong”.

    2. The $500 waste photo reward is not enough. In the NYRCC, you would need to multiply it by a million for all the waste of forms, brochures, stationary supplies, hiring of staff to work the mid nite shift when it was not needed, bringing in staff to work Saturdays and Sundays when it was not needed.
    My fingers are tired, I can’t go on.
    You get the picture????

  10. Patrick Says:

    No picture, as I couldn’t find a way to snap it without being discovered…

    My LCO so far has taken a 20 or 30 foot dumpster (which I was told contained 10,000 pounds worth of “stuff”) to the dump, as well as two small trailer loads filled to the brim. When I asked one of the stock guys what happened to it, he confirmed that in my LCO all the paper/cardboard was being recycled. The pens, pencils, etc. are going to a warehouse in Indianapolis.

    So it’s great to know they’re recycling. I just wonder how much they’re paying for the recycling service.

    The government paid to produce all the materials… way overestimated what it needed… and now is paying to get rid of the 95% of it that got returned and, of course, all the excess that never saw the light of day. Hmmm.

  11. ********** Says:

    SRM’s book publisher wants some pictures, apparently.

  12. Evelyn Says:

    Has the bonehead owner of this blog ever been in a census office to see what goes on? I don’t think so, because he is just spewing out what some disgruntled lazy former employee told him.

  13. IHeartCensusWaste Says:

    Patrick if I were you I’d find the company who hauled this stuff away and get a picture at the local dump. A 20 or 30 foot dumpster might net you the $500 reward.

  14. Jeremy Says:

    Somebody should try and get a picture of the warehouse they tossed all those laptops they bought to use for the 2010 census and then last minute Congress freaked out about it.

  15. moving on without grace Says:

    Ms. Pranita…u are definetly a hater of Mr. Aviles. The Census is over and u should go on with your life. If you continue to dwell on, it may affect your heart. Whatever you experience working with him, its over. Everyone is paying their dues. There’s life after the Census….get on the “bandwagagon”

  16. moving on without grace Says:

    What’s wrong with living in the P.J.’s? Aren’t they call Housing Development’s?

  17. None Ya Says:

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    Its funny to hear all your stories but you have nothing on our census office. Heres a few… haha. One graveyard we where told to build boxes…. so we did for 8 hours…. and a fort…. the next morning crew said ohhh my goodness we only use 3 boxes a day. The papers are SF-50′s for 291′s sent in by field. The next week we had to fix all DAPPS and pull all the papers after we filled them and shred them because field didn’t know what they where doing. The markers picture is a graveyard shift we where called in to work (12 hours OT) because they needed stickers to be put on papers. So we did along with Enumerators that where called in from over 100 miles away. They next morning we had to undo and redo all the work because the “stickers where not stuck right”. This went on for weeks. This is just for starters. The joke around the office was If we do it today we will have to redo it tomorrow. Or. “We are double checking to verifying that we verified that it was verified right the first time we verified.

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    Its funny to hear all your stories but you have nothing on our census office. Heres a few… haha. One graveyard we where told to build boxes…. so we did for 8 hours…. and a fort…. the next morning crew said ohhh my goodness we only use 3 boxes a day. The papers are SF-50′s for 291′s sent in by field. The next week we had to fix all DAPPS and pull all the papers after we filled them and shred them because field didn’t know what they where doing. The markers picture is a graveyard shift we where called in to work (12 hours OT) because they needed stickers to be put on papers. So we did along with Enumerators that where called in from over 100 miles away. They next morning we had to undo and redo all the work because the “stickers where not stuck right”. This went on for weeks. This is just for starters. The joke around the office was If we do it today we will have to redo it tomorrow. Or. “We are double checking to verifying that we verified that it was verified right the first time we verified.
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