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In response to recent incidents and pressure from lawmakers, Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves has made hiring rules more tough. MyTwoCensus has for more than a year exposed holes in the Census Bureau’s hiring plan and fingerprinting procedures, so this shouldn’t come as a major surprise. However, this action may further fuel the class action lawsuit against the Census Bureau. Here’s the latest from Ed O’Keefe and Carol Morello of The Washington Post:
The Census Bureau is adopting stricter rules for screening new hires after a registered sex offender using an alias got a job as a census taker, the bureau’s director said Wednesday.
Robert M. Groves said that from now on, applicants whose name, age, gender and Social Security number don’t all match background records will be held up for more investigation instead of being sent on for FBI fingerprint checks. Applicants whose fingerprints are not legible, as sometimes happens with older people whose ridges have worn down, will not be hired until their identities and backgrounds can be checked.
And when there is any “evidence of criminality” by a census worker, Groves said, there will be swifter invention to get them off the streets.
“These three things are good things to do,” said Groves, speaking at a Fairfax event that aimed to encourage Asian Americans to open their doors to census takers and answer their questions. “People should know that the person coming to your door won’t harm you.”
In early May, a woman in Pennsauken, N.J., who was home alone with her toddler son, opened her door to a census worker who asked for the names and birth dates of everyone residing there. Thinking he looked familiar, the woman checked the sex offender registry site after he left and recognized the man under a different name than the one he had given her.
Census officials said the man had passed a name check but failed a fingerprint check and was fired in the first week of May, apparently after he had visited the woman’s home. The man was charged with using a fake Social Security number in his census application.
In a separate incident, a census worker in Indiana was charged with raping and beating a disabled woman in early May when he allegedly returned to the house after first visiting on an official call as a census taker.
The Census Bureau has hired about 635,000 people to make house calls to people who did not send in their census forms by the end of April. This phase is more than half completed, and is scheduled to continue into July.
Breaking News & MyTwoCensus Payrollgate Investigation: The Census Bureau has failed to pay thousands of employees!Thursday, May 13th, 2010
SHOW ME THE MONEY! It’s simple. When you’ve got hundreds of thousands of employees working for you, pay them on time. MyTwoCensus.com has received more than a dozen complaints within the past 12 hours from Census Bureau employees, at offices throughout the nation, who have not been paid on time. It is unknown whether this inexcusable error by the Census Bureau is a result of computer system failures (a problem that has plagued the Census Bureau for months if not years — even though Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves said two days ago that the problems were fixed). Even though most of the 500,000+ Census Bureau employees who are out in the field this week are temporary employees, they still depend on this income from the federal government. A great number of these temporary employees were unemployed before their Census Bureau work came about, and thus are now living paycheck to paycheck. Unfortunately, when those paychecks don’t come, everyone is hurt. This is particularly damning because many employees lost their unemployment benefits to take Census Bureau jobs, and will have an extremely hard time getting these payments again once the work is finished.
(Interestingly, a marketing firm called GA1 that had a contract with the Census Bureau publicly accused the government of not paying them on time back in March, but it’s unknown to me at this time whether the situation was resolved.)
One disgruntled employee wrote me the following about her experience, which sounds more like a Kafka novel than an account of living and working in the world’s greatest democracy:
I started working for the census on April 12, 2010. My first paycheck was supposed to be deposited on April 28 but it wasn’t. I called my LCO that day and was informed they entered the wrong account number into their system. They asked me for the correct account number and told me that they updated the system. Next they told me that I had to call the hotline to start the re-issuance process for the missing check. I did as instructed and was told it would take 5-7 business days to be deposited into my acct. The next payday was May 5 and check #2 isn’t there and #1 is still “missing”. I again call the hotline (got the answering machine the first 20+ times) when I finally found a human they wanted to take a message, I refused because I had left countless messages with no return call. So I waited on hold for over 25 minutes. I was told again that the check would be reissued in 5-7 days. Week 3 pay date May 12, finally a paycheck! However it was only for the last pay period. #1 and #2 still missing. I called the hotline today and I’m getting the run-around. They won’t tell me anything! I called DOL and was told they can’t help because technically I’m a federal employee and they gave me another number to call. I called this number and was told they couldn’t help because I was a temporary employee. What can I do? I need my money, I am a single mom with kids to feed. Right now I’m wishing I would have just stayed on unemployment. To top it all off, the uncaring attitude of my LCO doesn’t help… they just say don’t worry. You’ll be paid eventually, we don’t know when but eventually.
To the hundreds of thousands people who are victims of this lax payment plan by the government, know that I am here to fight for you. Please submit your stories in the comments section below. This behavior by the Census Bureau is unacceptable. Today, I am calling Dr. Groves (the Census Bureau Director), Steve Jost (the Census Bureau’s Communications Director), the Public Information Office, and officials who are responsible for the payroll to get to the bottom of this mess.
For now, MyTwoCensus.com urges ALL EMPLOYEES who have not been paid to contact your Member of Congress and your Senators. Go to their offices if you can, but if not, lodge complaints by phone and e-mail. If you wish, please send me your complaints privately as well. MyTwoCensus is in contact with both Democrat and Republican Members of Congress who will hopefully be able to have some clout to get this problem resolved immediately.
UPDATE: Here’s another update from an anonymous Census Bureau employee Asheville, North Carolina, which to my knowledge is the only place where the media has actually reported these problems:
No one out of the Asheville office was paid properly today. I received 0. Three of my crew also received 0. two got 1 days pay/ 5 got 2 Days pay.
When manager raised cain was threatened with firing.
One enumerator had to borrow 8 dollars for gas to get home. One is threatened with eviction from her trailer.
Asheville LCO told another enumerator to expect to be paid on the 26th.
Asheville LCO said not to worry it was a nationwide computer glitch.
Asheville did not care that these folks had been out of work and need the money…especially the gas they have been buying to do the job.
Please do not use my name or email or I will get fired too.
We heard from other census workers in different cld that they also had widespread pay issues.
No one we heard from in Asheville district got the correct pay.
What can we do? If we raise a stink they will fire us.
The Census is now hiring at $9.00 per hour. we were hired at $11.50/ Are they trying to force us out to hire cheaper workers?
With 635,000 people on the job for the non-response follow-up (NRFU) operation, it’s not surprising that there are a few bad apples in the bunch. On the other hand, it’s tragic to learn that a Census Bureau employee in Connecticut became a carjacking victim. Here are the tidbits about these situations:
According to Connecticut’s NBC affiliate:
A Census Bureau worker was the victim of a carjacking in Hamden, and the suspect is just 14-years-old.
The 50-year-old Hamden resident was sitting in his car, clearly marked with a Census Bureau sign, on Hamden Park Drive Thursday around 6:00 p.m., according to police.
The victim told police the teen came up to him with a gun and ordered him out of the car, then stole money from him.
Jumping in the car, the teen sped away, but returned a short time later and ordered the victim to drive him to the First Street area, police said.
The teen jumped out of the car at First Street and fled on foot.
Working with several leads, police arrested the 14-year-old suspect around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.
He is charged with carjacking, first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, first-degree robbery and larceny. Police did not release the teen’s identity because of his age.
And from the Fox affiliate in Indiana, a Census Bureau employee raped a woman whom he had previously enumerated…weird:
Census worker charged with rape
Posted: May 11, 2010 4:18 AM
A Southern Indiana Census worker sits in jail, charged with brutally raping a mentally handicapped woman.
Now deep concerns from within the neighborhood where police say it took place.
Connie Fry said she was asleep in one room and her daughter in another and had no idea someone was in her home attacking her daughter.
“At one time she told me he was putting his hand over her mouth and he was choking her,” Fry said as she was describing the attack on her daughter.
She said the attacker is 39-year-old Daniel Miller. Fry said he is not a complete stranger, but someone she had met before.
“Three days prior to the night he got here he came from the Census Bureau.” That day – Fry said Miller was dressed professionally and was polite only taking her information for the Census.
Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau confirm Daniel Miller is a numerator, someone employed to go door to door gathering information.
At around 4:30 Saturday morning, police said Miller broke into a home at 5602 South State Road 60 in Pekin, Indiana and brutally attacked and raped Fry’s 21-year-old daughter.
“She had blood shot eyes and bruises on her shoulders and her arms.”
Fry said her daughter is handicapped and could not have defended herself. “She’s got Cerebral Palsy and mild retardation.”
Fry said it was easy to figure out who attacked her daughter because he left behind plenty of evidence.
“He left all his clothes, his wallet and everything in the bedroom. He went out of here with her pajamas and her panties.”
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Miller at his apartment on North Eastern School Road in Pekin across the street from Eastern High School.
“Sometimes we’re here by ourselves because my husband works out of town,” said Evelyn Wisman Fry’s neighbor.
Even though police say they have arrested the right person, neighbors along Indiana 60 in Pekin are concerned that someone trusted by the government to go door to door is now charged with such a serious crime.
“That’s scary for him to know exactly who’s in the home,” Wisman said.
Miller is charged with rape and burglary and is in the Washington County Detention Center on a $150,000 full cash bond.
Census officials tell Fox 41 a background check is performed on all employees and anyone with a criminal history is not hired.
HOUSTON—A man was killed and his family members beaten after three suspects barged into a north Houston home Saturday afternoon, police said.
Investigators said one of the suspects pretended to be a census worker to gain entry into the house, located in the 400 block of Truman.
Family members said the victim’s son opened the door for the suspects, believing they were with the census.
Larry Johnson Jr., the nephew of the victim, said the suspects tied up and beat his cousin and aunt after barging into to the home.
Johnson said his uncle, Reginald “Pete” Haynes, walked in on the crime and was ambushed.
“They tied him up and stabbed him and tried to submerge him in water,” Johnson said.
Haynes later died at the hospital.
Family members said the men ransacked the house for two hours.
“They were looking for money and my aunt gave them everything that they had and it wasn’t enough for them,” Johnson said.
Neighbor Randell Harmon said he even watched the suspects leave after the crime and had no idea what had happened.
“I saw three gentlemen walk out and I didn’t think anything of it,” Harmon said. “They didn’t look at me. They got in the truck and they left.”
The incident left people in the community fearful about who might come knocking at their door.
“They’ve taken something precious from us,” Johnson said. “They really have.”
Neighbors said census-takers started working their street weeks ago.
According to HPD, the suspect who claimed to be a census worker showed no ID badge. Investigators said they don’t have a good description of any of the suspects.
On this web site, particularly in the comments section, many people use acronyms and other jargon associated with the 2010 Census. MyTwoCensus has obtained both a list of acronyms — essentially a 2010 Census dictionary — and an employee handbook that you can use as you need it. I will be linking to this post in our “links” section so this information is easily accessible for all:
And even more acronyms/definitions available from the Census Bureau’s glossary: http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/glossary.html
Are 2010 Census Questionnaires now as valuable as cash? Apparently so! In all seriousness, it’s terrible that the Census Bureau’s field workers are falling victim to criminals while going about their business. Here’s the report fro WTHR in Indiana:
Indianapolis – An armed man robbed a U.S. Census Bureau employee at gunpoint in an apartment complex on the northwest side.
“The guy comes up from behind and says, ‘Give me your wallet’,” said Michael McCord.
McCord stayed calm when a gunman surprised him as he went door to door at the Woods of Eagle Creek Apartments.
“I turned around and he showed me his gun, said he was serious and he wanted my wallet. So I gave it to him,” McCord said.
As he walked from one building to the next, knocking on doors, his attacker walked up behind him. The gunman never became menacing, the 61-year-old McCord says, but he knew not to aggravate someone armed with a weapon.
“The gun implied that my life was threatened, so I assumed to just give it up rather than try to keep my 15 dollars,” McCord said.
McCord says just before the suspect took off, he stopped him and asked him not to take everything.
“As he walked away, I said, ‘Can you at least let me have my driver’s license back?’ and he handed it to me,” McCord said.
McCord usually works and walks his census routes alone, but police say there’s an advantage to having someone else with you.
“I encourage people to do it in pairs, that way you will still have two people instead of one,” said IMPD Lt. Dawn Snyder.
The robbery didn’t scare McCord from his job, in fact, he’s already back at work.
He described the suspect as a black male, about 18-20 years old, 5’6″ tall and was wearing a blue and gray baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on it.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.