“In the final stretch of preparations for the 2020 count, an agency watchdog report has found Census Bureau systems failed to meet “peak recruiting demands” during testing this summer — a claim that the bureau disputes.”
“The management alert from the Commerce Department inspector general marks the latest in a series of oversight reports that have scrutinized the bureau’s rollout of the first decennial count that will invite the majority of households to respond online.”
“The Nov. 21 IG alert found that the bureau’s Decennial Applicant Personnel and Payroll System (DAPPS) and its Census Hiring and Employment Check (CHEC) failed the final two phases of performance and scalability testing, and that as of July 8, ‘were unable to perform at the scale needed to support decennial census peak recruiting.'”
“With peak recruiting expected to begin in January, the Commerce IG said that time crunch leaves the bureau with ‘little time to resolve any additional issues discovered during retesting…'”
“The OIG recommends the bureau develop a formalized contingency plan that includes alternative methods to guarantee employees are screened, hired, processed and paid in a timely manner…”
“Michael Cook, division chief of the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office, told Federal News Network that the Commerce IG report ‘appears to rely upon an outdated draft testing document and is no longer current.'”
“’We understand the critical nature of our hiring and payroll systems and are extremely confident that both systems will function as intended during peak 2020 Census operations,’ Cook said in an email to Federal News Network on Monday…” Read the full article here.
Source: Census Bureau disputes IG claim that IT systems didn’t meet ‘peak recruiting demands’ – By Jory Heckman, November 26, 2019. Federal News Network.