The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a “cost-saving measure,” according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general’s office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.
“According to Census,” said Zinser’s May 26 memo to Groves, “‘frontloading’ its workforce (i.e. hiring and training more enumerators than necessary to offset turnover) is a cost-saving measure.” The inspector general’s memo, however, suggested that in at least one Census Bureau operation excessive staff had increased the “cost of operations” and that in another operation deployment of an unnecessarily large number of workers "increased the operation’s direct labor and travel costs."
The report also states "that the inspector general’s office “observed significant periods of enumerator inactivity at certain locations.” I assume the phrase "enumerator inactivity" means they were goofing off.
You can read this and more in an article by Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief of the Cybercast News Service at http://cnsnews.com/news/article/67156