Friday, February 25, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Gives Props To Crop Of Top Staffers (Read: Massive Unemployment)

Why, you're mighty welcome!

Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, said one reason the 2010 Census cost far less than expected is because the government was able to attract much better workers for temporary Census jobs.

"The unemployment rate was so high that we had people working on tasks that we had prepared for folks who have very low skills," Groves told a group at Cornell University. "They finished up the operations faster than we thought, and better than we thought. So all of our productivity models were wrong, I mean seriously wrong."

The comments were confirmed by a spokesman for the U.S. Census Bureau, which saved about $1.87 billion on the 2010 Census.
(Thanks, Karl!)