Smart Thinking To Allow Census Income Waivers for Certain Participants

Jerry Ashworth
October 2, 2018 at 13:23:49 ET
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Often continuing something that worked well in the past proves to be a smart idea. That appears to be the thinking of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is planning for the hiring of workers to conduct the 2020 Decennial Census. The hiring process will begin in January 2019. OMB issued a memorandum this week to federal agencies explaining that it is providing similar incentives that it used for both the 2000 and the 2010 Decennial Census to encourage workforce participation.

The Department of Labor’s Census Bureau previously had difficulties recruiting and hiring individuals who received public assistance from federal or state financial assistance programs. These individuals feared that the increased income earned from assisting with the census could reduce or terminate their benefits in the financial assistance programs. To address this, OMB encouraged agencies administering such programs to exclude temporary income from census employment from eligibility determinations for the 2020 Census, as was done for the 2010 and 2000 censuses.

OMB listed the following agencies and program that provided income waivers during the 2010 Census:

Department of Agriculture:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development:

  • Public and Indian Housing

Department of the Interior:

  • Bureau of lndian Affairs Welfare Assistance

Putting together a workforce to take an American headcount is hard enough without barriers that could make participation a costly venture. We applaud the federal government for continuing to allow the waiver of this temporary income for individuals in these program. Let’s hope the final result of the 2020 Census results in a fair and accurate representation.

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