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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:11 AM
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Gadget's failure could triple cost of 2010 census
Gov't ineptness: can you imagine?



Gadget's failure could triple cost of 2010 census
By David Goldstein | McClatchy Newspapers



WASHINGTON The 2010 census is already in trouble.

The hand-held mobile computers that are supposed to replace the pens and paper long used by census takers aren't working properly, and delays could send the cost from $600 million to as much as $2 billion.

The Census Bureau has done little, if any, planning for what to do if the handheld mobile computers can't be made to work. As a result, an important census dress rehearsal this spring has been delayed by a month as the agency looks for backup plans.

"I cannot over-emphasize the seriousness of this problem," Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock told a Senate hearing this week.

That same day, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, designated the 2010 census a "high-risk area."

The GAO's designation, which provides guidance for Congress about where the next bureaucratic crisis might lie, was the equivalent of a "Beware of Landslides" sign at the entrance to a treacherous mountain road.

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/29771.html
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:14 AM
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1. Kind of like the voting system. n/t
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:16 AM
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2. Look at this comment:
"Let them waste. Let them deficit-spend. Let them steal. It will only hasten the arrival of this corrupt governments collapse."

Dayum, couldn't agree more!
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:19 AM
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4. Who said that?
And from which country?

There are many ways to perceive that quote. An act of war is one of them too. :tinfoilhat: :evilgrin:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:19 AM
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3. Well, they offshore the jobs of people who call everybody to verify their information,
which is probably wrong anyway...
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