My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

NRFU Operations (and thus troubles) begin

Census forms are now due back and non-response follow-up operations are starting across the country. With some 600,000 workers (or more) on the job right now, there are bound to be problems. If you know of anything that is out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to contact!

Tags: employees, , workers

7 Responses to “NRFU Operations (and thus troubles) begin”

  1. anony Says:

    I’m working for the census as an “Early Early Non-Response Follow-up” enumerator (Yes, Early EARLY). I just spent two weeks going to every house on my assigned blocks trying to get people to fill out a questionaire, even if they said they had already mailed it in. We did not have labels so each EQ (Enumerator Questionaire) was filled out by hand in Number 2 pencil. We were told that the purpose of this exercise was to canvas areas around the local universities in hopes of collecting college students before they went home for the summer.

    Any questions? I’ll answer what I can, but please don’t use my name on your blog.

  2. anony Says:

    Well, shoot. There’s my name attached to my post. Can you remove it please?

  3. DEC Says:

    How about some smart stuff the census is doing ,
    The Census is investing a lot of time and money into getting the fingerprints done right . During Address Canvassing fingerprinting was , at best , an after thought . Many trained Listered had to be pulled off of work duties because fingerprints had to be redone . Much lose of time and effort . With additional training , on all levels , this problem should be minimal during NRFU. Also the Early Early NRFU is a very smart, worthwhile plan to make sure that college students get counted where they are legally suppose to. My only question is why did it take so long to come up with this effort . It should have been a lesson learned from 10 years ago. Additionally AMFO’s have been passing this concern up the chain of command for the last 6 months. At least it is getting done.

  4. Les Colinas Says:

    College students are not important. Why count them?

  5. Anon2 Says:

    Anony – I was part of an early, EARLY NRFU as well! How ridiculous to canvas entire blocks! We only had a few days to complete the task too, and without being able to work over 40 hours a week, it was a struggle. Our reason was similar – to catch college students before they head home or switch housing. We anticipated address labels but, just like you, had nothing. The amount of money wasted on this effort must have been astounding. And now I have to go to the same training I did before in next week for the real NRFU.

    I have no problem with the early NRFU but we should have received information on houses that did return their forms. Huge waste of time and money.

  6. Maiasaura Says:

    The worst part of the Early Early NRFU was the miscommunication between the crew leaders and the crew leader leaders. I wrked n the QC effort to review all the E E NRFU EQ’s and one crew leader told her people she was told to simply ask someone on the block if any college students lived there. If the person said “no” they filled out a single EQ with “no college students” in the remarks section. Much head-shaking ensued.

  7. dor Says:

    anyone have the answers to the NRFU Final Review Exercise on the NRFU workbook?