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Census Bureau Wasted Millions

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Hope Yen from The Associated Press with a nice bit of muckraking:

The Census Bureau, a month away from its 2010 population count, has wasted millions of dollars paying temporary employees who never did the work and others who overbilled for travel, according to excerpts of an audit obtained by the Associated Press.

On a positive note, federal investigators said it was appropriate for the Census Bureau to spend $133 million on its advertising campaign, including $2.5 million for Super Bowl spots that some Republicans derided as wasteful.

But the report by Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser makes it clear the government is at risk of wasting millions of additional dollars without tighter spending controls by the Census Bureau on its 1 million temporary workers.

“The costs were substantial,’’ he wrote, imploring the agency to improve cost estimates so the national head count does not exceed its $15 billion price tag.

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Written by pavanvan

February 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

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