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  •  As I said above, census=political, always (8+ / 0-)

    You aren't kidding about the right-wingers, and in fact the Bush administration (through deliberate action or through the same kind of incompetence that led to heck-of-a-job-Brownie at FEMA) almost managed to ensure that we didn't even have a 2010 census at all. That the bureau and their consultants managed to repair the damage and conduct a census despite the deep pit of imminent failure that had been dug is nigh on to a miracle, and some folks who worked on it deserve a heck of a lot of credit. I understand that some awards actually were given out for that.

    •  Yes, it was Bush + Congress (9+ / 0-)

      who delayed appropriations for the census until the last minute.

      I worked on address canvassing in 2009, and they were making it up as they went along. The manuals were full of errors. As a crew leader, I was given a training manual, then a big stack of pages of corrections to be inserted throughout the manual. There were also problems with the little hand-held computers we used.

      In 2020, the technology will probably be much more sophisticated.

      •  Crew Leader? You poor thing! (5+ / 0-)

        After I did address canvassing, I realized I would NEVER go for crew leader. I ended up doing census all through to the end, but never did crew leader. What a responsibility and they refused to allow any overtime for them (at least in my district).

        I remember those hand-held, expensive, computers they used for address canvassing, but were unable to get the software right for the actual census data collection in 2010 because of ever-changing additions and changes to what Census wanted. Even then, they were obsolete because it all could have been done with an iPhone app.

        All in all I had a lot of fun and adventure and danger -- especially in the rural pot-growing areas of Northern California.

      •  we never got our hand held computers... (3+ / 0-)
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        for the 2010 census. Everything was done with paper and pencil, including our payroll.

        "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

        by solesse413 on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:55:21 AM PST

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        •  The computers were only for address canvassing (1+ / 0-)
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          in '09. They were used to create the paper maps and data used by the enumerators in 2010. I liked the computer when it worked, but I had a lot of trouble with the finger swipe recognition they used for security (instead of a password or PIN). The texting feature was also frustrating.

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