Census mistakes mean a recount for some
At least 10,000 homes in Brooklyn -- and maybe more -- may get another knock on the door in the coming days thanks to some mistakes made by U.S. Census Bureau managers.
The agency conducting the national headcount announced late Friday that it's fired two managers at a local census office in Brooklyn amid quality assurance concerns: Though the rank and file census takers properly conducted their work, managers failed to properly process their paperwork once it was brought back to the office, according to Census Bureau officials.
“We have Census employees working in their own community who did the right thing here, and we'll be relying on them and the public as we move forward to get a complete count in Brooklyn," Regional Director Tony Farthing said in a statement.
Ironically, the errors occurred in the Congressional district represented by Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee, which keeps close tabs on the Census Bureau. Towns plans to hold a hearing on the mistakes soon, according to staffers.
Officials didn't know how much the new interviews would cost taxpayers, but said the agency budgets for potential mistakes as it coordinates the work of about 600,000 temporary workers. In 2000 census takers had to conduct new interviews at about 68,000 households in Hialea, Fla.
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