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ICAN! America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:13:36 -0500


GAO HAS CONCERNS ABOUT 2000 CENSUS

Less than four months from the start of the 2000 census, the
General Accounting Office is warning the Census Bureau's current
plans could produce a count less accurate than that of 1990.
Among the GAO's concerns:

   o   The Census Bureau won't send a second questionnaire to
       households that don't respond to the first form.

   o   Because of the tight labor market, the Bureau might find
       it difficult to hire the large number of temps, called
       enumerators, it needs.

   o   The Bureau "may be optimistic" when it predicts 61 percent
       of households will fill out and return the forms --
       important, since every percentage point below 61 will add
       another $25 million to the census's cost.

   o   The 2000 census is already projected to cost $6.2
       billion, almost twice the $3.2 billion as the 1990 census,
       the most expensive in history.

The report notes that the Census Bureau must have about 860,000
temporary workers.  Because of the high turnover rate in the
positions, that means recruiting nearly 3.5 million people for
jobs that don't offer benefits like insurance or child care.

Source: Stephen Holmes, "Census 2000 Plans Leave Much Room for
Error, Agency Warns," New York Times, December 13, 1999.

For text
http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/news/washpol/census-gao.html

For more on the Census http://www.ncpa.org/pd/govern/govern3.html


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