June 25, 2009
Congressman: Let postal workers do Census
A member of Congress suggests U.S. Postal Service carriers could conduct next year's Census, since they already visit everyone almost daily.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, plans to introduce a bill that would temporarily add the Census to postal responsibilities, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. The bill would declare a
postal holiday for the count.
They really have the workforce in place to do this,Chaffetz said.
They already go to everybody's door.
Chaffetz said the numbers show is idea is a good one. There are about 760,000 postal workers, and the Census plans to hire 750,000 temporary workers, while the estimated cost of the Census, $1 billion, is the size of the postal deficit.
The congressman fears organizations like ACORN, a community group that became a Republican target during last year's presidential race, might get involved in the Census.
The ultimate underlying thing here about the Census is trust, Chaffetz said.
And people trust postal employees a lot more than somebody just off the street.