The mother of all surveys, the 2010 United States Census, may turn out to be the mother of all headaches for the new Census Chief, Robert M. Groves.
Faced with the possibility of computer glitches, operational missteps, and skyrocketing costs, surveying the nation’s population won’t be an easy task. President Obama selected Groves in early April and passed him the hot potato that’s expected to cost at least $15 billion, more than any previous count. Groves, who authored the books Surveying Victims and Survey Errors and Survey Costs, sounds like he was taylor-made for this position.
The Government Accountability Office estimates that the mandated decennial head count will cost about $100 for each housing unit, compared with $14, adjusted for inflation, in 1970.
Glitches, missteps and costs are not the only problem facing Groves. Obama also tossed the soft-spoken University of Michigan sociology professor and survey expert a political … Read More