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Whistleblowers allege U.S. Census Demanded Workers File Phony Documentation


January 14, 2021

UPDATE 1/18/21: The U.S. Census Bureau provided The Reporters Inc. with a statement on January 15, one day after we published this report. Additionally, the whistleblowers who wrote this article were contacted by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General on January 15 as well. Both responses appear at the end of this article. 

Editor’s Note:

Whistleblowers are rarely treated as saints. Often harassed by managers or co-workers and labeled as troublemakers, people who file whistleblower complaints are sometimes driven from their jobs. The three former U.S. Census Bureau workers who wrote this report are requesting anonymity for those very reasons. We understand and respect their concerns due to the seriousness and importance of their allegations. We’ve verified the lead writer’s identity and confirmed that all three worked for the Census Bureau during the time the allegations presented in this piece occurred.

 

BY ANONYMOUS

By Constitutional mandate, every 10 years America counts itself. As most people understand, the U.S. Census is an official, complete tally of the country’s population. If you’ve filled out the questionnaire yourself, or answered the questions from workers at your front door, you know that it includes details about age, race, gender, and the number of people living in your home.

The significance of the Census is many-fold, but perhaps its most important role is to determine how the 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be divided among the 50 states. Unlike Senate seats, of which each state has two, a state’s number of House seats is determined by its population. The count can therefore lead to a redrawing of Congressional, state and local district boundaries and is instrumental in determining the need for new roads, schools (more…)

Tim Munkeby is an author, speaker, and member of The Reporters Inc.’s Advisory Committee. You can contact him, read his blog, and buy his books via his website, www.timmunkeby.com.

An Encounter with “Karen”

As ICUs Fill To Capacity, The Most Selfish Among Us Couldn’t Care Less


December 2020

BY TIM MUNKEBY

Current headlines in the News:

CALLS FOR EMERGENCY CREWS ‘THROUGH THE ROOF’

COVID BURDENS STATE EMERGENCY SERVICES

SWAMPED HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR NURSES

TOO FEW WORKERS TO CARE FOR ELDERS AS VIRUS RAGES

90% OF HOSPITALS IN RED ZONE; BEDS NEAR CAPACITY

No room at the inn (hospital, in this case)?! Here in the most developed country in the world?! Medical facilities actually placing critically ill people in hallways, because ICU beds are full?! Or sending them away?!

Is this even possible in the most developed country in the world?

It actually appears that way. As I write this, ill patients are being transported from full hospitals to other care centers, sometimes miles away. And as the headlines above indicate, we also have a disastrous shortage of critical care workers, as well as critical care beds.

With an immunization on the horizon, will things get better soon? Or will some people become, irrationally, even less cautious and careful about doing what they need to do to protect themselves and others from contracting Covid-19?

Can you even imagine a scenario where you’re deathly ill but are turned away at a hospital? Surely people realize that they must prevent that from happening. We are, after all, not in a Third World country! Or, is it possible that this unfortunate scenario is more likely in a country of selfish, entitled people with a “leader” who actually discourages his citizens from being mindful of their own health and safety as well as that of others?

Case in point: The other day, my wife and I were shopping for some essentials (no, not toilet paper) in a home goods store in a southwest suburb (more…)