Census Bureau, Francis Rose, John discussed on John Bachelor
John Baxter. This is the John Baxter Show. My colleague Francis Rose. He's the host of government matters at W. J. In L. A in the nation's capital. Francis speaks with the workforce of the federal government and no more consistent work force than the census takers are now challenged. I learned from Francis is reporting. By two unpredicted matters, one weather and to the virus, But the census doesn't accept excuses. It must be delivered on time. Francis You spoke, He spoke to Cris Meme, managing director. Strategic issues of the day o the big question right away. Are they going to be on time? Have they got their resource is good evening to you. Good evening, John. They have their resource is but they have the natural challenges that you just described and Chris basically laid out on the program. The challenges that The Census Bureau is up against. They have a December deadline to submit data in order for the state to be able to start to make their reapportionment decisions and they're going to be working. I bet right up till the very deadline the very last minute of that deadline. What's instructive about my conversation with Christmas comes to the Census issues. I asked him before we went on the air. How many of these he had overseen a G A o. And he said his first work a G A O had to do with the 1990 census, So he's on his fourth one. And he has tremendous historical knowledge of what's going on with the census. What was striking to me was the work that he presented to Congress pointed out problems or challenges for the Census Bureau to look at. That were very similar to the ones that I talked to him about on the radio in 2010. And when I went back and looked at the work that he'd done for the 2000 census in the 1990 cents is, um, same challenges basically year after year after year sentence after sentence after census finding enough people who are qualified to go out and Use the tools that the Census Bureau gives them whether they've been paper as they have been historically or mobile devices and APS as they're using this year when they go out, but The the two big differing factors this time around are the extreme weather in certain parts of the country. And the corona virus. John the Internet option. Yes. Now was this. Not here in 2010. Is this the first year they've used it extensively. So if you dig into Chris's work, you'll see that one of the challenges this year's information technology and it was one of the challenges for the 2010. Cents is as well I covered that one. A federal news radio and the problem that two big information technology challenges. Then one was yes, getting their Internet option up and running. They got it close. But not done quite well enough. The issue If I recall correctly, 10 years ago, was identity management, making sure that when Francis Rose or John Bachelor log on that it really wass Francis Rose and John Bachelor That's been solved this year and I did mine online and I'm I told Chris on the air. It worked like a charm. I filled out my senses information in a matter of 5 to 10 minutes and was done with it. The other challenge they had 2010 T wise was with mobile devices. At that time, the Census Bureau was not confident in the ability to build an app that worked on a smartphone and the landscape of smartphones was completely different then than it is today. So they commissioned in 2007 or eight. I believe it Wass. They commissioned a custom mobile device to be made. Harris Corporation was the company that did for him. And Harris, at one point finally had to say I'm sorry. We just can't do this because since has changed what they wanted the device. Is to do A number of times over the year year and a half. It got to a point that Harris representative told me after the fact where they literally couldn't put in the box in the configuration that it needed to be all of the stuff that the senses wanted it to do. So these kinds of challenges have been ongoing. Things like the Internet option, make it easier because now the senses is only trying to do The same kinds of things that myriad private sector organizations are trying to do. But that hasn't always been the case. Did he come in on security, the protecting that data that they've accumulated online? Well, he didn't comment on security to me, but I've talked to leaders of the Census Bureau on and off the air John and they both. They all say that. The most important thing that they're doing now, Obviously, the data people are their most important thing is, is the data correct? Is it accurate to the best extent that it can be, But the people are really concerned about security because number one. They want people's data to be secure Number two. They want to let people be able to let people know that their data is secure and that they don't have the same kinds of security problems that other agencies have run into. You spoke with David Marsh. A chick. Ah, Healthy, Happy man. He is the director of the Center for Presidential Transition Partnership for Public Service. Hey, Frances. How can there be presidential transition? We don't have an election yet. What's this? What is this? Well what what This is. I referred to him and I refer in all of my conversations, viewers. The regular viewers are probably sick of me Hearing this sick of me, telling the story. But I recall during the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator McCain chastised in May or June, Senator Obama for announcing his transition team. Turns out that's a really good idea whether you're actually going to be president or not, because you have about two months little bit more if we know the winner of the election. The day after the election. You have about two months and two weeks to be able to get your team in place to be able to govern on January 21st. And so what has happened since that 2008 election is a series of pieces of legislation that give the nominees of the major parties once their conventions. Confirm that those air the officially the nominees they get resource is they get office space in Washington for those transition teams to come in and start to vet people start to conduct interviews and go through the thousands and thousands and thousands of applications for the jobs. Two. Become political appointees in the administration. There are about 3500, I think was the last account on ly about 1000 of those air confirmed by the Senate. But as you well know, John Washington does not always move swiftly and so to get those people's security clearances done to get them. Ready for the confirmation hearings. If they're among those group that needs to be Senate confirmed that takes a lot of time. And the the goal of the of the transition project is so that whoever wins he or she is ready to govern on January 21st and these are career jobs or do the party's contribute people who are working with him with them. So it's a combination of both the General Services Administration, the most famous agency. The most important agency. I think that nobody knows exists, runs it and there is a career person designated in every transition to work with both campaigns and and work with the offices of both campaigns to make sure that they're people have the resource is they need Jessa is very efficient. They basically have a list. Of the resource is that the legislation provides for and they they make sure that these places have office space and furniture and Internet connections and hardware. To be able to use the Internet connections and all of those things that you would need to set up a temporary office space understanding that one of them will disappear The day after the election, One of them will be closed down..