Skip to comments.Inspector Generalís Memo: Census Says It Hired More Workers Than It Needed
Posted on 06/04/2010 2:23:50 PM PDT by kcvl
The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a cost-saving measure, according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector generals office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.
According to Census, said Zinsers May 26 memo to Groves, frontloading its workforce (i.e. hiring and training more enumerators than necessary to offset turnover) is a cost-saving measure. The inspector generals memo, however, suggested that in at least one Census Bureau operation excessive staff had increased the cost of operations and that in another operation deployment of an unnecessarily large number of workers "increased the operations direct labor and travel costs."
In the first quarter of this year (January-March), personnel from the inspector generals office observed Census Bureau operations in four programs. These included update/leave (U/L), in which Census workers deliver questionnaires to homes that would not be reached by ordinary mail service; update/enumerate (U/E), which counts people in communities where the homes lack ordinary mailing addresses or street names; "enumeration at transitory locations" (ETL), which counts people at places where their residences are potentially mobile, such as recreational vehicle parks, campgrounds, marinas and carnivals; and service-based enumeration (SBE), which counts homeless people at places such as homeless shelters, mobile food vans and so-called targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations (TNSOL).
The inspector generals memo said that the Census Bureau had overestimated the staff needed for the program to enumerate people at transitory locations. During the ETL operation, said the memo, crew leaders overestimated the number of Census staff needed to enumerate transitory locations, thus increasing the cost of operations.
The memo also said that there were so many people hired for the service-based enumeration that there turned out to be one Census enumerator for every seven homeless people counted, and that the inspector generals office observed significant periods of enumerator inactivity at certain locations.
In another operation [which the inspector generals office confirmed to CNSNews.com was the SBE program], said the memo, we found many enumerator teams to be unnecessarily largean average ratio of one enumerator for just seven homeless respondents. We observed significant periods of enumerator inactivity at certain locations, which increased the operations direct labor and travel costs.
government is stupid
Down is up, up is down...we know we’re losing money on each unit, but we’ll make it up in volume...
My thirteen year old kids were better lairs than Obabi's appointees are.
I feel like I'm back in grade school
They just factored in attrition, arrests and spoilage in the crop of workers.
A friend of mine who was hired by the census tells me this:
“That was me - while they were telling us there was no work for us, they were continuing to train more people.”
“Hey Boss! I need to hire 10 more guys to save us lots of money”
Go ahead. Give it a try.
Todd J. Zinser, the inspector general at the Commerce Department, said he would potentially add as many as 30 employees to an existing staff of about 120, using $16 million provided to his office in the stimulus $10 million to oversee a program to expand broadband Internet service and $6 million for other programs.
The money amounts to a huge increase for an office whose total 2008 budget was roughly $23 million.
Yes, and how would Omama be able to say that they had created more jobs if they don’t overhire. This is another one of the “smoke and mirrors” government “jobs programs”. Wasteful won’t even touch the surface.
Either the Post Office got really really bad at its job when it came those forms that were mailed back, or they were intentionally “misplaced” once they reached their destination.
The little old lady that came to my house(after I’d sent the form in on time), said she had lots of people in her area that say they mailed them. She just said “the Post Office musta lost ‘em”
That's community organizer lingo for "I won".
AS a COST SAVINGS?????????? OMG!!
“...while they were telling us there was no work for us, they were continuing to train more people.
Someone called in to Rush with the same story. The excessive hires are intended to count in the employment figures. The workers are underutilized so as not to be eligible for unemployment when their gig is over. The de-employment of the census workers won’t show in an increase of unemployment.
Every single thing in this government is calculated.
133% of what it takes in people to man and run the entire United States Navy.
We have had four different mail carriers just this week alone. I know some of them must be ‘new’ because they have to ask me (while going through the mail) if this is mine, how about this, etc. My address is on my office door!
We use to have ONE mail carrier that always came at the same time everyday, knew where he was delivering the mail, etc. Now, it’s a circus!
If we did our jobs like the government did theirs we wouldn’t have one!
they use a lot of part-timers to skirt the union demands of a full time carrier.
look for that to change with this administration
The Regime has been using the Census to jiggle the unemployment numbers for months, and now we are finally getting the proof. There are other reports out this week where census “enumerators” were paid for 40 hours of training, then actually worked 5-6 hours before being laid off, and then once they were re-hired a couple of weeks later, they were counted as a “new hire”.
Stuart Varney interviewed that condescending Christina Romer about this on FBN first thing this morning, and she kept trying to spin this all as good news. She’s so far out of touch on this she might as well be speaking Klingon...
Temporary census jobs accounted for 411,000 of the May increase in payrolls. Think about when they get layed off and start collecting unemployment......!!
When they hired the first big batch of temporary workers to go around the country with GPS devices and log the GPS coordinates of every front door....they were hired as TEMPORARY workers ...and without the right to sign on for unemployment benefits...
is this the same for the current temp workers....? ....anyone know..?
thanks in advance.
[without the right to sign on for unemployment benefits]
I did wonder about that - after I had commented. I don’t know the rules on unemployment. Thanks for the info.
I had a friend that was on "permanent " unemployment.
He worked a few weeks at Christmass/new year sales at macys or similar big box store....then signed up for unemployment benes...which was always approved...since he was "laid off for lack of work."
the kicker was that he always ticked the box "do you want to take educational classes"...
so he goes to some class and gets unemployment paid AND EXTENDED and all the fees paid.
he has all sorts of certificates...software, data base, accounting, truck driving..etc...
I lost track of him a year ago so I dont know the current situation.
LOL... that must really bugger them when they run across someone like me. I sent my form in late in April, about when I was expecting a visit. Sent it on Tuesday... On Friday eve the worker showed up at my door...!
I honestly said “I just sent it earlier this week” and closed the door.
Sounds like a lot of people had the same like - but in my case it was an honest one.
But they can't make you take a lower paying job!
Sad about the slackers who continually find ways to feed off the government. They should be ecstatic with a President who encourages it now!
They are being paid $27.50/hour gross. Net is around $20/hr.
What is wrong with this picture?
start collecting unemployment......!!
.... ahhhhhh, relax... no Census enumerators, or crew leaders are hired full time. All are temp and get zip in bennies or even promises. It takes an act of God to be allowed to work 40 hours and if you have to go over you have to agree to straight time, or you have to go home and start again the next day. Same as last year... unless you get an LCO slot, nowhere near 40 hours, more like 20-25 and that’s stretching it... and yes, while wrapping up one assignment in the Census office one could overhear the recruiter offering NEW off the street testors new spots, while we ran out of work and were still in limbo for 5 weeks before getting reassigned, if at all. FUBAR
and a pretty big waste of taxpayer money...so what else is new???
Same script at my house. Funny how the census can volunteer that as excuse on a mass scale when no other federal agency will accept it from an individual citizen.
Hey, don’t blame the Census Bureau (which is under the direction of the White House, remember?). They’re just doing whatever they can to give -17nobama some good employment numbers.