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    This is February, March hasn't been released yet.

    Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers

    CAGW Names Gary Locke and Robert Groves February‚€™s Porkers of the Month

    CAGW Names Gary Locke and Robert Groves February’s Porkers of the Month


    (Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Census Director Robert Groves as CAGW’s February Porkers of the Month. As the deadlines for the constitutionally mandated decennial head count rapidly approach, audits and news reports have revealed that the process is at risk for significant cost overruns, mismanagement, and wasteful spending.

    The $2.5 million 30-second “Snapshot of America” Super Bowl Census Bureau ad was rated as one of the three worst ads, and the ongoing media campaign continues to confuse TV viewers and outrage taxpayers. The ads are just the latest, and most high profile, missteps of Census officials. The Bureau must deliver a full count of the population to the President by December 31, 2010. The count is critical to both the allocation of federal resources over the next decade and the integrity of the nation’s electoral process, since it will form the basis of future congressional redistricting activities. The entire process is expected to cost taxpayers more than $14 billion.
    A February 16, 2010 Commerce Department Inspector General (IG) audit concluded that the effort is plagued with software and information technology glitches and abusive spending practices. On March 5, 2008, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) designated the 2010 Census as a high-risk program, at risk for significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the GAO has been proven correct.

    Secretary Locke and Director Groves have failed to oversee and control the Census. The Bureau spent $1 billion to develop a handheld device to be used by Census workers as they go door-to-door to cull data from households which fail to return their paper questionnaires (expected to be about one-third of the 130 million households receiving the forms next month by mail). The handheld computer failed spectacularly, the program was halted, and the aborted process delayed the development of a back-up paper-processing system. The February 16, 2010 IG audit reveals that a key software component of that paper-processing system is also riddled with deficiencies.

    The audit also reviewed the performance of the 140,000 temporary census workers who went block by block in the fall of 2009 to update the Bureau’s maps and found that costs had ballooned by $88 million, or 25 percent, over the original estimate of $356 million. The bureau spent $3 million on more than 10,000 census workers who pocketed $300 each to show up for training sessions, but were either fired or quit before they performed any work. Another 5,000 workers worked for a day or less but were still paid $300.

    For their numerous official miscalculations, absurd ads, and chronic mishandling of the nations’ head count, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Census Director Robert Groves win the dubious title of CAGW’s February Porkers of the Month.

    Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.
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    I wonder what the final costs will be for all of this?????

    Yay, more Government!!!!
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    Sigh.

    In addition to notifying people their Census forms will arrive soon, the advance letters are expected to save the Census Bureau money and increase response rates. The more mail-back responses received by the Census Bureau, the fewer census workers have to walk door to door to follow up with households that didn't return a letter. For every 1 percent increase in responses, taxpayers save about $85 million in operational costs, according to Census Bureau research.
    And seriously. If you're going to wave the flag of gov't waste, what do you think the purpose of the Census is? To determine where the need for infrastructure dollars is under addressed and where it's over addressed. How do you expect them to identify wasteful spending without data?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas View Post
    Sigh.



    And seriously. If you're going to wave the flag of gov't waste, what do you think the purpose of the Census is? To determine where the need for infrastructure dollars is under addressed and where it's over addressed. How do you expect them to identify wasteful spending without data?
    Well it's quite simple actually. dathomas, you seem to be a "Big Government guy"
    Our Government has several ways of getting our info.
    1) Our Federal Income Tax Returns as well as State Tax Returns (Except some states)
    2) Our schools have school Principals who report to school boards who report to State school boards who report to the DOE.
    3) In the loop above, paperwork slides to the city councils, Mayors, City administrators etc..
    4) Property taxes are also reported so that combined with school reports from the DOE should more than find out how many people need schools where etc..

    These are just a few examples.

    Do you have any kids?

    I have 3. I have filled out more paperwork with my 3 kids.... everything from tax paperwork, never ending school paperwork, immunizations etc..

    Are you starting to get the idea? Because this is just a sample.
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    Oh, Exactly how much money do you think will be saved by using the census???

    Compare it to money spent...........
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    For those who want to know more about the hand held issue: FOXNews.com - Census 2010 Plagued By Technical Difficulties
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    Quote Originally Posted by notaphonegeek View Post
    Well it's quite simple actually. dathomas, you seem to be a "Big Government guy"
    Our Government has several ways of getting our info.
    1) Our Federal Income Tax Returns as well as State Tax Returns (Except some states)
    2) Our schools have school Principals who report to school boards who report to State school boards who report to the DOE.
    3) In the loop above, paperwork slides to the city councils, Mayors, City administrators etc..
    4) Property taxes are also reported so that combined with school reports from the DOE should more than find out how many people need schools where etc..

    These are just a few examples.

    Do you have any kids?

    I have 3. I have filled out more paperwork with my 3 kids.... everything from tax paperwork, never ending school paperwork, immunizations etc..

    Are you starting to get the idea? Because this is just a sample.
    I understand you seem to be an efficiency cheer leader which I am too. If it's already been worked why rework it. You're suggesting the data is all there but the big bad gov't is not being intelligent enough about tying it all together for the entire picture.

    Perhaps you are right and enough google database engineers could tie all the existing data together to create an approximate picture but that's simply not the case.

    It's once every 10 years and it's supposed to be as accurate a snapshot of the entire population as possible. It's not an easy task but a worth one. Why poo-poo it constantly?

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