Census Bureau records on falsification of survey data

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the U.S. Census Bureau of the United States of America.
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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- All documents, reports, memos or communications regarding alleged falsification of Consumer Population Survey data from Jan. 1 2010 through Nov. 18 2013.

The New York Post reported that widespread falsification of Census data occurred during the 2012 election cycle, specifically with regards to the Current Population Survey: http://nypost.com/2013/11/18/census-faked-2012-election-jobs-report/

In one document from the probe, Program Coordinator Joal Crosby was ask in 2010, “Why was the suspected … possible data falsification on all (underscored) other survey work for which data falsification was suspected not investigated by the region?”

On one document obtained by The Post, Crosby wrote: “Unable to determine why an investigation was not done for CPS,” or the Current Population Survey — the official name for the unemployment report.

- All reports and closed investigations of falsifications of Consumer Expenditure Survey data from Jan. 1 2010 through Nov. 18 2013. According to the Post, "With regard to the Consumer Expenditure survey, only four instances of falsification were looked into, while 14 were reported."

- All records investigating reports of falsification of Census data by Julius Buckmon. According to the New York Post, "The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post."

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

CJ Ciaramella

From: census.efoia@census.gov

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* Tracking Number: DOC-CEN-2014-000188
* Requester Name: CJ Ciaramella
* Date Submitted: Wed Nov 20 00:00:00 EST 2013
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All documents, reports, memos or communications regarding alleged falsification of Consumer Population Survey data from January 1, 2010 through November 18, 2018.

From: census.efoia@census.gov

11/22/2013 08:39 AM
From the Desk of Michael J. Toland, Ph.D., Freedom of Information Act Officer, U.S. Census Bureau November 22, 2013 Mr. CJ Ciaramella MuckRock News DEPT MR 9074 PO Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205-5819 Dear Mr. CJ Ciaramella : The U.S. Census Bureau received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated November 19, 2013 on November 20, 2013 .We have assigned FOIA tracking number DOC-CEN-2014-000188 to your request. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence. Your request has been assigned to Karen Bronson of my staff, who can be reached by telephone at (301) 763‑5506 or by e‑mail at karen.s.bronson@census.gov You may track the progress of your request through FOIAonline, the electronic FOIA system used by the U.S. Census Bureau, at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home , or i f you have any questions, please feel free to contact the FOIA staff member assigned to your request. You may also contact the Census Bureau’s FOIA Public Liaison by telephone at (301) 763-2127 or by email at census.efoia@census.gov , if you wish to discuss your request. Thank you, Michael J. Toland, Ph.D. Freedom of Information Act Officer Chief, Freedom of Information Act and Information Branch U.S. Census Bureau

From: census.efoia@census.gov

12/13/2013 11:02 AM

Please see attached letter.

Thank you

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From: census.efoia@census.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-CEN-2014-000188 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
11/20/2013
* Request Long Description:
All documents, reports, memos or communications regarding alleged falsification of Consumer Population Survey data from January 1, 2010 through November 18, 2018. All reports and closed investigations of falsifications of Consumer Expenditure Survey data from January 1, 2010 through November 18, 2018.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-CEN-2014-000188.

Thank you for your help.

From: Census Bureau

Mr. Ciaramella,
Further clarification is needed inorder to continue processing your request.  Please contact our FOIA Public Liaison at 301-763-7685
at your earliest convenience.  Thank you.
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From: census.efoia@census.gov

01/24/2014 03:55 PM

Please see attached letter.

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