Commerce Department OIG records on falsified census data

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-OIG-2014-000197
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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 closed reports and allegations referred to the OIG regarding 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: OIG FOIA

The OIG FOIA Officer is out of the office this week, but I wanted to acknowledge receipt.

From: FOIA@oig.doc.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280160446)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OIG-2014-000197
* Requester Name: Cj Ciaramella
* Date Submitted: Wed Nov 20 00:00:00 EST 2013
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All closed reports and allegations referred to the OIG regarding falsification of Consumer Population Survey data from Jan. 1 2010 through Nov. 18 2013. - 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.

From: OIG FOIA

Mr. Ciaramella:

The purpose of this email is to send you an acknowledgement letter with a tracking number for the OIG. Please see attached.

Respectfully:

Laura F. Bell
FOIA/Records Manager
Office of Administration
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Commerce
202-482-1136

From: Bell, Laura

CJ Ciaramella:

The purpose of this email is to send you a clarification letter for your FOIA request under 2014-000197.

Respectfully:

Laura F. Bell
Records & FOIA Specialist
Office of Administration,
Office of Inspector General
DOC
202-482-1136

From: Bell, Laura

Mr. Cj Ciaramella:

Attached is the final letter to your FOIA request under 2014-000197.

Respectfully:

Laura F. Bell
Records & FOIA Specialist
Office of Administration,
Office of Inspector General
DOC
202-482-1136

From: FOIA@oig.doc.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-OIG-2014-000197 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
11/20/2013
* Request Long Description:
All closed reports and allegations referred to the OIG regarding falsification of Consumer Population Survey data from Jan. 1 2010 through Nov. 18 2013. - 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.

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