Census staffer: Quality of Data = None

John Crudele of the New York Post reports, “Denver Census staffer brings data falsification to light.”

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A field supervisor in the Census Bureau’s Denver region has informed her organization’s higher-ups, the head of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office is being falsified.

And this whistleblower — who asked that I not identify her — said her bosses in Denver ignored her warnings even after she provided details of wrongdoing by three different survey takers.

The three continued to collect data even after she reported them.

When I spoke with this whistleblower earlier this year as part of my investigation of Census, she told me that hundreds of interviews that go into the Labor Department’s unemployment rate and inflation surveys would miraculously be completed just hours before deadline.

The implication was that someone with the ability to fill in the blanks on incomplete surveys was doing just that.

The Denver whistleblower also provided to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform the names of other Census workers who can spill the beans about data fraud in other regions.

Gee, you mean the people threatening me with ominous Federal penalties for not wasting my time filling out their stupid paperwork just falsify the data anyway, to give their political and economic masters the answers they want to hear?

Say it ain’t so!

[See also, “Media Celebrate Jobless Numbers as Labor Force Shrinks.”]

I asked recently the Denver whistleblower her opinion on the surveys Census is providing. “When the question is asked about data quality, my answer would be simple, there is none,” she said.

“I wouldn’t trust any data from the Census Bureau,” she added.

Last Friday, for instance, Labor announced that a healthy 248,000 new jobs were created in September, when the unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent.

Those 248,000 new jobs are determined by a survey of companies — the Establishment Survey, it’s called — that is conducted by Labor itself. So while some people rightly take issue with the quality and temporary nature of many of those new jobs — and the fact that not enough have been created in the current economic cycle — the tabulation itself isn’t really in doubt.

The 5.9 percent unemployment rate comes from the Household Survey that Labor hires Census to conduct. There are big concerns about the truthfulness of the jobless rate, especially since this is the last report before the November congressional elections.

Add the Census Bureau to the IRS and EPA as Federal Departments that need to be given the Ebola cleanup treatment: fire every worker, and spray their offices with bleach before putting the facilities on the market for those who will do things that actually help the nation.