Monday, June 23, 2008

2010 census in jepordy

Census Damage Control
Preparations for the 2010 census are a shambles.

Committees in the House have been holding hearings to vet the problems and monitor progress. But with each hearing, it becomes more obvious that prospects for a robust census are unlikely to improve considerably unless and until the next president brings in new leaders. They are needed at the Commerce Department, which includes the Census Bureau, and at the bureau itself, which — like so many federal agencies — has been mismanaged and demoralized during the Bush years. ...

This is a very serious matter. In addition to redistricting, the numbers produced by the census department are used by businesses for a wide variety of planning purposes.

Demands for public safety are perhaps louder now and that may argue for better background checks. But what is not debatable is that a decision to fingerprint should have been made years ago, and budgeted for accordingly, in term of money and time.

Huh? Why do we need to fingerprint federal workers? This isn't security theater so much as fear theater, and we need to get rid of it.

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