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.

Announcing the book

This may come as a surprise, or perhaps it is the next logical step in the life of I will likely be writing a book about the 2010 Census in the near future. I am hoping to interview dozens of 2010 Census employees from all regions/positions for this work. Please shoot an e-mail to mytwocensus {at} if you are interested in sharing your stories! Please provide your contact information.

Many thanks,

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31 Responses to “Announcing the book”

  1. Mary Craigle Says:

    I hope you do write a book. If I can contribute in any way let me know. This has been an interesting year.

    Mary Craigle
    CEIC Bureau Chief – MT


    To Stephen Morse-count me in. Let me know. And good luck on getting a lot more folks to contribute to your book. It will be most informative I feel to the American public.

  3. vidaJ Says:

    Given that your blog is pure heresay, I’m looking forward to your fictional book. I sure hope you can give credit to all your blog contributors and let us figure out what is actually truth and fact as opposed to bitter opinions of temporary census employees.

  4. Observer Says:

    Yeah vidaJ, so you want to find out “what is actually truth and fact AS OPPOSED to bitter opinions of temporary census employees”, huh?? Well now, looks like you’ve already made your EXPERT, LEARNED DECISION.

    Tell you what, enough has been said here about scare tactics, railroading people out of jobs, cronyism, lies and harrassment — all coming from regional Managers and their pidgeons — that you’d better believe there is good reason for these people to be BITTER.

  5. anonymous Says:

    Good for you! I want to email you, however, want to make sure anonymity is protected. Stephen and MyTwoCensus, you are professional and protect your sources?

  6. bookworm Says:

    Stephen, I’m looking forward to buying and reading your book!

  7. hudu strm Says:

    so you will milk us for your glut

  8. pranita veeria Says:

    Hey VidaJ….wake up

  9. HelpUs Says:

    “Run by a team of professional political journalists, MyTwoCensus is the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 Census!”, plus a grant.

    If this joker is our future of journalism, we are screwed.

    What college did he go to, don’t want my kids going there. What do we have left in the country for reliable, non-partisan journalist–nothing that I see. Reading this blog, and that is all it is, all I see is increasing inflammatory language used by the blogger. He should go back to school, or at least admit he wants attention to sell, sell, sell. Our constitution and founders believed that we needed education and math to vote and buy, it seems our reading have become lowered to the point that if it is not inflammatory, then we won’t ready it.

    This guy is a joke, this blog could have been better, but it only seemed to allow people with an axe to grind to post. Give that they say thousands were hired, I was surprised that few positive post were here. But, reading this jokes post, any person can see he is biased. If the director of the census was to fly without wings, this joke would post director can’t walk.

  10. anon Says:

    he can’t protect you. you should read up on the Google blogger case.

  11. Shirley Says:

    I would be interested in contributing if you show both sides of the story-that there were and are many hard-working census employees who did their jobs honestly, accurately, and with integrity. We did not pad our hours or falsify information. Though many of us were frustrated by information that came from upper management, we continued with the work and did the best job we could.

  12. Brooklyn Enum Says:

    Do not contribute to this book. If you read the comments on this site, it becomes obvious that even when Morse is CLEARLY wrong, he never issues a correction, apology or retraction.

    He pretends he cares about enumerators, then uses you to make the 2010 Census look bad in any way he can.

    A bio on lists him as “spend[ing] his free time finding fodder for”

    “Fodder.” Not information. Not data. Fodder. It means he looks for things to criticize. I am not saying that this year’s census has been perfect, but do not be a pawn in this clown’s effort.

  13. No Sense Census Says:

    Shirley and Brooklyn Enum: He does show both sides. If he did not, half the comments on this page would not be here. You use a sharp knife to cut with and while S.R.M. may not be the sharpest he does cut. And he gives EVERYONE a chance to vent or brag. It’s up to the readers to decide the validity of the comments. I would buy his book in a micro second! And will submit info too.

  14. JAG Says:

    A book about the 2010 Census according to a relative handful of disgruntled workers? Sounds like an objective book. I think the problem with posts on a site like this is that disgruntled workers see a venue to vent, content workers don’t necessarily see a venue to read about complaints.

    I’ve seen many claims here by MTC that were proven wrong or the claims of an imaginary investigation.

    I’d guess there would multiple chapters devoted to ridiculous FOIA complaints!! Lol

  15. Anonymous2010 Says:

    Really glad you’re doing it, Stephen.

  16. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @Brooklyn – You make me laugh. I wrote my own bio at Mother Jones and never in a million years would have thought someone would object to the word “fodder.” I hope that your life is filled with very literal meanings of every word that you come across and I warn you now that you should not watch the Daily Show because it may make you very, very, confused. SRM

  17. Brooklyn Enum Says:

    Seriously, Morse: Why don’t you ever issue corrections?

    The most obvious post that requires a correction is

    Why don’t you write a post that says, “I was clearly wrong about this issue, and have since learned that released Census workers receive their final paycheck two weeks after they stop working,” or something similar?

    Allowing “comments that are correct” is completely different than setting the record straight in your own voice.

  18. Diligent Census Professional Says:

    Like most burocracies and big corporations, the census may not be perfect but too many of us fail to see the positive attributes of working for the US Census. First of all it has offered a reasonably good hourly wage which includes pay for travel time plus transportation expenses. It has given many individuals with no prior supervisory experience an opportunity to lead a team. It has given us all a chance to work within our communities and get to know our neigbors we might never have met. The census has forced us to educate ouselves as to the history of our communities and lastly we are providing an invaluable service to society and our communities. Despite the forever changing policies and the inevitable instances of confusion, I must go on record and say my US Census experience has been extremely positive.

    My Glass is half full!!!!

  19. Not Still Working Says:

    I do hope that you present “both sides”, Stephen. There was some craziness in the Census.. isn’t there some craziness in most organizations? I personally really enjoyed working for the Census. I met some great people, and I didn’t have any real complaints about the managers in the LCO in which I worked either.

    Corruption? I was not aware of any real “corruption” that affected my work.. It doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any…. If there was, I was not aware of it and it didn’t affect me.

    Waste? I guess my question would relate to the number of times that we were asked to go to some homes. Three times before a proxy… then six.. then twelve in some cases. And returning to those homes to talk to the occupants if we completed those interviews with a proxy. When does it become overkill?

    I did my work with diligence; I didn’t cheat on my 308′s; I chose the best people for the job; I really liked my work and my peers. I will miss the Census and I’m glad for the four months of work that I had.

  20. anonymous Says:

    All sides will be told – just like the comments we read in this Blog. I’ll buy your book, Stephen.

  21. Former Journalist Says:

    I think a book focused on the time-wasting and repetitive bullcrap that enumerators and others had to deal with.. that would be better than recaps of scandals or things that were in the press. It would be more insightful to hear about what census workers had to endure rather than he said, she said lawsuits.

  22. Jimme Ray Bob Says:

    There are quite a few things to say about the 2010 census work.

    I have worked for the 2010 census since 2009 and for 80 percent of the time it has been a great experance. But the 20 percent in the part that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I have been a CL for 6 operations till NRFUVDC. I was not called on to work FV nor were any of the other well qualified CL’s that have been working as CL since Jan 2010.

    I will be honored to contribute as well as the other people I know in LCO 2850 in the field. All the FOS’s, Crew Leaders and Enumerators as well as some of the office staff would like to tell both sides of the story. The good as well as the bad.

    Please contact us to hear our side of the story and I do think some of the practices and the leadership of the census needs to be investigated and the bright light shined.

    Hopefully this will change the way the census operation for the future will be improved and made more honest in the reporting. The census needs to count the people not take inventory of all the hispanics, races, or other dividers of this country.

  23. enumerator Says:

    Topeka, KS – 2622 – only personal favorites chosen to work the final operation (Field Verification).

  24. 9 Says:

    @ enumerator: nobody cares, get a real job

  25. Shirley Says:

    Enumerator, how do you know how FV personnel were chosen?? From what I understand, there were very few chosen and I certainly had no expectation of being one of them. I feel I was lucky to be chosen for VDC.

  26. JustAClerk Says:

    My appointment expired the end of June. Truth, I hadn’t been to this site since. Why? because I hated that damn job that much. Oh, I was glad to pay my bills and would have been a lots ‘gladder’ about going to work if I’d been paid for all the hours I actually worked. Yeah, I was in the office. Yeah, I was proud to be a part of the Census. For a few months, anyhow. Then I saw how So-and-So was backstabbing Whozit while lying to (and about) Whatzizbutt and am relieved to be away from it all.

    By the way, “disgruntled” does not equate with “wrong.” It does mean someone who’s been screwed over so badly at work they can’t see straight, let alone articulate the anger.

    Man, I’m glad to be out of there.

  27. movin'_on Says:


    A book about the 2010 Census is needed, if for no other reason than to start a national debate about the Census itself.

    “Hopefully this will change the way the census operation for the future will be improved and made more honest in the reporting. The census needs to count the people not take inventory of all the hispanics, races, or other dividers of this country.”

    Well put Jimme Ray Bob, I agree completely. The Census needs to be primarily an enumeration of the people. Any other data gathered should be done so to back up that enumeration.

    On a lighter note Stephen, you’re not the first person I’ve heard say that they were going to write a book on the 2010 Census, one person at my LCO jokes that “When this is all over I’m going to publish all those Info-Comms in a book and make a mint.” Look for it at your local bookseller, they said the title is going to be “Bad Dog”… We got a lot of Info-Comms that said just that…

  28. Florida Fool Says:

    I agree that at least one book about the 2010 Census is needed, and probably several magazine articles. I am proud of the work that I did, and I never fudged a 308 or an EQ. I went the extra mile, researching county ownership records and using reverse phone directories to try to contact unit owners. So, imagine my chagrin when I found out that the LCO burned all of the INFO-COMMs from NRFU because they separated the INFO-COMMs from the EQs and then could not match them up again. To add insult to injury, I see from the FV comment link on this website that the INFO-COMMs were dumped in Texas as well as in Florida — so it was not an isolated incident. Hmmm, I have to start to wonder if this was a strategy to make extra work for VDC.

    Another reason a book is needed is that the Census Bureau is not soliciting any feedback from its own workers. As far as I know, there is no official Census “suggestion box” or web comment line where field workers can share their successes and failures and recommendations.

    I do hope this book spends adequate time on the dismal response and uncooperative attitude of the residents of the United States that we tried to count. I was shocked to realize that of the 200+ NOTICE OF VISIT slips that I left on doors, only 5 people ever called me back. And, a significant number of the Census dodgers were law enforcement types, and local dignitaries, and other professionals. Despite all the current political pontificating about government failing to follow the Constitution, a surprising number of people didn’t know that a Census count is mandated by the Constitution, and an even more shocking number of people just didn’t give a damn. During the next Census, I would like to see the national TV advertising focus more on the fact that “its the law that you be counted”, rather than just “the count means $$$ for your community.”

  29. Pablo S. Says:

    Good luck Steven. The forum has provided a great place for all to vent and keep abreast.
    May the book help us reminisce, and look forward to 2020!! :-)

  30. Admin OOS Says:

    I love a good piece of trash fiction “journalism”. If you want to talk to REAL people about TRUE happenings let me know (we both know you don’t want that though).

  31. J.W.L. in Lexington Says:

    I am ashamed to work for an operation that had so many people that want to come on and write ‘trash’ comments. I assume you all worked for the Census, or wouldn’t be on here. I saw plenty of positives, including the good pay, but I have never worked for an office that had more drama, most of it unnecessary, and treated it’s employees so poorly. Sure, some people just want to come on here and vent. But some want it known how bad parts of it were, so it can be better the next time around. Kudos Stephen for this site. I would love to help you out in any way I can.