Just hours after the below letter was circulated to members of Congress, Census Director Robert M. Groves decided to drop ACORN from its role as a partner organization with the 2010 Census:
Spot Check: ACORN
I would like to direct your attention to the following post by Stephen Robert Morse on MyTwoCensus.com, an independent watchdog blog on the 2010 Decennial Census.
Mr. Morse was attempting to determine whether ACORN is recruiting census workers. The Census Bureau has assured the Subcommittee on the Census that it instructed ACORN over the telephone not to recruit enumerators. However, I am concerned that this message has not been thoroughly transmitted to the entire organization.
We will be requesting documentation that the Census Bureau has sufficiently notified ACORN of its approved responsibilities as a 2010 Decennial Census partner. Simple written instruction from the Bureau to ACORN would help allay public fears about their involvement in the census.
The majority of recruitment of temporary census workers will not begin until the end of the calendar year. I and my colleagues on the Subcommittee will continue to stay vigilant regarding ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 Census and work with the Census Bureau to ensure an apolitical and accurate decennial count.
PATRICK T. McHENRY
Subcommittee on Information Policy,
Census, and National Archives